Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

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A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole, made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients.

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Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

My sister and brother-in-law have been staying with us for about a week now and have been helping me test recipes. This one was the biggest hit so far! While my brother-in-law does have a reputation for being a “bottomless pit” when it comes to food, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dish finished off so fast! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole was an instant favorite, and my sister and brother-in-law made me promise to make it again before they leave in a few days.

Hot sauce being poured into the crockpot cowboy casserole

What is a “Cowboy Casserole”?

This wholesome crockpot cowboy casserole includes sausage, potatoes, beans, peppers, and fire roasted corn and tomatoes. One of the secrets to the delicious flavor in this dish is TABASCO Sauce. TABASCO provides the perfect blend of flavorings, adding a spicy, smoky, and sweet flavor that really amps up the flavor. Be sure to also have your TABASCO sauce out on your table for those who want to add a little extra kick to their cowboy casserole!

Using a crockpot to make Cowboy Casserole:

Although many Cowboy Casserole recipes include tater-tots, tater-tots will never get that crispy texture we all love when cooked in a crockpot. So, I’ve replaced tater-tots with petite red potatoes to create a healthy and delicious spin on the classic Cowboy Casserole recipe. I recommend using baby red potatoes as they are better than other potato varieties at maintaining their texture in a crockpot without becoming soggy. However, you’ll want to be sure to cut the potatoes thinly so they cook in time! If you do want to try a crockpot cowboy casserole with tater tots, I’d recommend adding the tater tots at the end and broiling/cooking the crockpot insert (as long as it’s oven safe) in the oven

Overhead photo of all of the ingredients in the slow cooker for the crockpot cowboy casserole

How to adapt this crockpot cowboy casserole to your family’s preferences:

  • Less spice – If you like your meals more on the mild side, I would recommend replacing the sausage with regular ground beef. You could also replace the sausage with turkey sausage for a lower calorie alternative!
  • More spice – If you enjoy really full, spicy flavors, you may want to replace the kidney beans in this recipe with a can of chili beans. If you really love things hot, you can also increase the amount of TABASCO sauce that you put into the recipe.
  • Toppings and condiments – Your favorite baked potato toppings are likely to pair great with this simple crockpot cowboy casserole! You can add extra cheese, sour cream, cilantro, or green onions, etc. You might also want to put ketchup (usually a big hit with the kids), BBQ sauce, and TABASCO sauce on your table!

What can you serve alongside this Crockpot Cowboy Casserole?

Here’s a few ideas for side dishes to compliment this Crockpot Cowboy Casserole:

Close up overhead photo of crockpot cowboy casserole on a plate with lots of cheese

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Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

5 from 7 votes
A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole, made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients.
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Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

5 from 7 votes
A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole, made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot cowboy casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 201kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage (can use ground turkey for a healthier alternative)
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound baby/petite red potatoes, thinly sliced (no need to peel)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) fire-roasted corn, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon TABASCO Sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup low-fat Colby Jack cheese, freshly grated
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, sour cream

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the sausage and chopped yellow onion. Brown the sausage and drain off any fat. Add to a 6 quart crockpot. Top with the thinly sliced red potatoes.
  • Add the chopped bell pepper, fire-roasted corn, kidney beans, undrained fire-roasted diced tomatoes, minced garlic, TABASCO sauce, beef broth, and chili powder. Season to taste with salt & pepper; I use 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. You can always add more at the end 🙂 
  • Stir everything together and cover the crockpot.
  • Cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 5-7 hours or until potatoes are tender. Once everything is finished cooking, taste and adjust salt and pepper to preference. 
  • Add the freshly grated cheese in an even layer over everything and allow to melt. Serve hot with additional TABASCO sauce as desired and fresh cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 201kcal

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19 Comments

  1. Oh boy would my husband love this! Not that I wouldn’t, but his meals are way heavier than mine. Can’t wait to surprised him with it. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! So easy and yummy, my husband was raving about how tasty it was! Thank you for a delicious and easy crock pot recipe!

  3. Have you made this with an instant pot? Looks yummy but working all day would make it hard to make in a crockpot. Just wondering about the conversion time?

  4. I was able to do this in my electric pressure cooker with the same steps except I cooked it on high for 6 minutes after step 3. I did natural release just because I was in the middle of something so not sure if it’d be long enough for immediate steam release!

  5. 5 stars
    This was a really great meal! I made a few changes—added sliced frozen okra and black eyed peas. I substituted jalapeño for bell pepper. I ended up cooking the potatoes in the microwave & put them in the bottom of the bowl when serving. Lots of great edits you can make to this dinner!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight in my pressure cooker (6 minutes on high with natural release). Oh my goodness!! This was so good. Will definitely make again. I had to sub plain corn because I could not find fire roasted corn at Publix.

  7. I was wondering if you can prepare everything in the crockpot and then refrigerate it overnight so that you can just put it on low before work the next morning and have it ready when you get home from work? Or is it possible to make it ahead and freeze it in a gallon ziplock? I’ve done this with some other crockpot freezer meals and then you just thaw and dump in the crockpot whenever ready to use. Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      I did this last night and it turned out delicious! I only left out the beef broth and added it in the AM when I turn on the crockpot, the rest of it I chopped & mixed in the crockpot bowl and into the fridge overnight- so delicious! My picky fiancé wants this on normal rotation!

  8. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe. Seriously, I make it at least 2-3 times a month. I use turkey sausage and it is so yummy!

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