Home > Dinner > Beef > Crockpot Cowboy Casserole Crockpot Cowboy Casserole October 16, 2018 | 30 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is oh-so-flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients. 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. Using a slow cooker to make Cowboy Casserole: Although many Cowboy Casserole recipes include Tater Tots®, they will never get that crispy texture we all love when fixed in a slow cooker. So, I’ve replaced the tots with petite red potatoes to create a healthy and delicious spin on the classic recipe. I recommend using baby red potatoes as they are better than other potato varieties at maintaining their texture during the long cooking time. However, you’ll want to be sure to cut the potatoes thinly so they cook in time! If you do want to try using the tots, I’d recommend adding them at the end and broiling/cooking the crockpot insert (as long as it’s oven-safe) in the oven. Note: Crock-Pot is a trademarked brand of slow cooker. Any slow cooker will work in this recipe, provided it is the correct size (6 quarts). How to adapt this 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 hot 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 hot sauce on your table! QUICK TIP How long does it take to cook this? Slow cookers have high and low settings, but the time required for cooking often varies from cooker to cooker. For this recipe, we suggest about 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. The first time you try this recipe, keep an eye on how it’s coming, so you’ll know for next time. Don’t open the lid too often to check, though. Every time you lift the lid, heat and steam escape and it can take 30 minutes for the slow cooker to regain its heating levels. What can you serve alongside this Crockpot Cowboy Casserole? Here are a few ideas for side dishes to complement this Crockpot Cowboy Casserole: Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Couscous Salad Delicious Italian Salad Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Citrus Salad Avocado Orange Quinoa Salad Candied Pecan, Pear, & Pomegranate Salad Roasted Vegetables More Simple Slow Cooker Recipes Crockpot Chicken Quesadilla Soup Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs Crockpot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Crockpot Cowboy Casserole 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is oh-so flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Crockpot Cowboy Casserole 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe A lightened-up version of the famous cowboy casserole made even easier in the slow cooker! This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is oh-so flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients. Course Dinner Cuisine American Keyword crockpot cowboy casserole Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes Servings 6 Calories 530kcal Author Chelsea Ingredients1 pound mild Italian sausage (can use ground turkey for a healthier alternative)1 cup yellow onion, chopped1 pound baby/petite red potatoes, thinly sliced (no need to peel)1 green bell pepper, chopped1 can (15 ounces) fire-roasted corn, drained1 can (14.5 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, not drained2 teaspoons minced garlic1 and 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce Tabasco, Sriracha or your favorite1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth1/2 teaspoon chili powder1 cup low-fat Colby jack cheese, freshly gratedFine sea salt and freshly cracked pepperOptional toppings: fresh cilantro, sour cream InstructionsIn a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage and chopped yellow onion; drain off any fat. Add to a 6-quart slow cooker. Top with the thinly sliced red potatoes.Add the bell pepper, corn, kidney beans, undrained diced tomatoes, minced garlic, hot sauce, beef broth, and chili powder. Season to taste with salt and 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 slow cooker.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 it to melt. Serve hot with additional hot sauce as desired and fresh cilantro. Video Recipe NotesNutrition information does not include the optional toppings. Nutrition FactsCalories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 1010mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.