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Monday, June 16, 2014

Crockpot: Cowboy Casserole

Ever have a day where you just want dinner to be DONE and not worry too much about it? Yeah. Me too. Except that's EVERY day...

I know it's summer time and that traditionally ISN'T a casserole kind of season, but I live in Arizona. Temperatures here have been in the 110s (40s in celsius) and ... a crockpot doesn't heat my house up.

This recipe contains a cardinal sin of the foodie world - cream of xxx soup. Which, honestly, I do tend to avoid if I can. However, in this case, simplicity and "get 'er done" was the goal. If you really cannot handle the idea of canned soup, you can use a homemade version (will post a recipe for that soon).

This was a hit with the family. It made enough that there was plenty for everyone, including seconds and even a little leftover.  I personally thought I'd add more beans next time - but I like beans. It would make this go even further if you have a bigger crowd to feed. As this recipe stands, it fed 1 husband, 1 toddler, 1 mother, and 1 Kylee with seconds and leftovers.

Source: adapted from Crockpot Ladies


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 3 large potatoes, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 oz.) can low sodium kidney bean, with the juices
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with the juice
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of chicken soup (or use this homemade version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mixed italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1.5 cups grated cheddar cheese


  1. Place all of the ingredients except the cheese in a crock pot (slow cooker) and combine well.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top, cover.
  4. Serve when cheese is melted (about 10 minutes).


  1. I'm making a crockpot meal this week for the same reason - it won't heat up the house!

  2. HI Kylee, the crock pot is the perfect tool for the summertime, it's either that, grilling or salads every day. Great dish!


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