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Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

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


  • 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 hot sauce Tabasco, Sriracha or your favorite
  • 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


  • In 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.



Nutrition information does not include the optional toppings.


Calories: 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