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Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven

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Looking for an easy but satisfying dish to serve up the whole family will enjoy? Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven is the winning dish to try. Tender ground beef, cheese, corn, and more topped with crispy tater tots. If you are a meat and potato person this recipe is right up your alley. We grew up eating traditional tater tot casserole, this Cowboy casserole is an upgraded version.

Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven

Easy Cowboy Casserole

The Ninja Foodi was the perfect device to use for this recipe. It became a one-pot dish. Cook your met in the Foodi, create the filling, top with tater tots, and start cooking.

Minimal prep, little mess, and one savory dinner that everyone will love and enjoy. Best of all even the picky little eaters normally dive right in.

Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven

Can I Use Ground Turkey in Cowboy Casserole

If you are looking for a lighter version you could swap south ground turkey or even chicken. You might just need to add a little oil to pot when you cook the meat to prevent it from sticking to bottom since it’s a lower fat threshold.

Can I Make Cowboy Casserole A Freezer Meal

Yes! You totally cook. What I would do in this instance is to cook your filling as directed. Then transfer to a baking dish. Then top with your frozen tater tots, and then seal up tight and place in freezer.

Then when ready to heat and eat then oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes covered and then the last leg uncover the pan. Then finish cooking until cooked through and tots are crispy.

How long Does Cowboy Casserole Last In Fridge

You will want to eat up any leftovers within 3 days. After that, you need to toss out any leftovers.


Sides to Pair With Cowboy Casserole


Cowboy Casserole can be a dinner in one! But if you want a little something extra maybe reach for a crisp side salad to lighten up the dinner. The casserole has potatoes and corn already but if you want more veggies maybe do a broccoli or cauliflower side. If you are like most your juggling the balance on home life, chores, chasing kids, and work. Having a casserole that comes together quickly with minimal effort is a must. Saves you from having to order takeout and it’s a meal the whole family can enjoy. Plus leftovers reheat nicely so that’s always a mom win!

Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven


Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven

Cowboy Casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

cowboy casserole in the Ninja Foodi or oven is the winning dish to try. Tender ground beef, cheese, corn, and more topped with crispy tater tots.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bag frozen tator tots
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • Green onions for topping optional


  1. Turn your foodi on saute, High
  2. Cook ground beef until no longer pink
  3. Add Onions and cook until they are soft about 1-2 minutes
  4. Add seasonings
  5. Stir in beans, corn, and sour cream Stir until well combined
  6. Top with your frozen hashbrowns
  7. Place the air crisper lid on the foodi and cook on 390 for 20 minutes
  8. Remove lid and place cheese on top Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Top with cooked bacon and green onions.


Stove Top Directions:

  1. Cook as above in a regular pan saute your meat as above.
  2. Pour meat into a casserole dish and top with tator tots
  3. bake in a casserole dish oven on 350 for 45 minutes or until tator tots are golden brown.
  4. Top with cheese and continue cooking for 5 minutes until melted.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 869mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 34g

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  1. Holy cow this is GOOD!! This was my first time cooking in my new Ninja Foodi. This was so easy, and very filling as meal by itself (and we did the recommended serving of 1/6.

    Thank you for sharing this super delicious recipe.

  2. Turned out great! Quick question, where in the instructions does it say to add the can of Rotel? I assumed it was with the corn and beans. Also, the ingredients list tater-tots, however the instructions say hash-browns, both similar but different cuts of potatoes that may confuse some people when shopping for ingredients.

    1. I am nit reading any references to frozen hash browns, although I wish I had. This recipe looks so darn good but I don’t like the consistency of tater tots. Does anyone know how to swap the tater tots for hash browns, I sure would be grateful. Thank you.

  3. I just made the Cowboy casserole. In the list of ingredients 1 can tomatoes q But in directions its not listed.
    Is this just a mistake or don’t use can tomatoes?

  4. This was great! Easy and quick. The family loved it. I used a can of green chilies and a can of stewed tomatoes because that’s what I found first (just moved still unpacking) a can of seasoned Lima beans for the same reason. 1 fresh ear of corn because it’s in season. Also added for topping I would recommend fresh tomato, ketchup, or siracha. That’s the way we role! Thanks for posting!

  5. I’ve never made anything like this before. The recipe calls for Rotell chili’s, but never says when to put them in. I put it in with the sour cream. Hope that was right!

  6. Made this tonight and it came out really tasty despite multiple errors on my part. My picky toddler ate it right up!

  7. This was pretty good, just wanted to follow up with some people here in the comments
    1 – When to add the tomatoes is missing from the recipe, I just added it when I added all the veggies in step 5, turned out fine.
    2 – For those saying it’s liquid-y make sure to drain your beans and tomatoes (and corn if using canned corn)

    I tweaked it a bit by adding bell peppers to the list of veggies (chopping them and adding on step 5), but also would recommend adding a bit of seasoning somewhere, maybe some garlic/garlic power when browning the beef, or a little salt and pepper with the beef. Another option is adding a can of cream of mushroom soup to give it a bit more flavor.

    This recipe was cheap and easy, and made a big portion, just had a couple tweaks I’d make if I was making it again

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