Cowboy Casserole ~ Ground Beef Recipe ~ Money Saving Recipe

05/01/2017 4:00 pm · 6 comments

by A Thrifty Mom

Cowboy Casserole ~ Ground Beef Recipe ~ Money Saving Recipe

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Want to feed your gang, but don’t want to spend a lot of $$$$ doing so?! Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Today’s recipe is called Cowboy Casserole and is featuring ground beef. Ground beef, my go to meat when the budget is a little tight. 🙂 This recipe is packed with, as I would call, “healthy fillers” including beans, corn and tomatoes to make the ground beef stretch farther. I have my little tricks, as I’m sure you do too, when it comes to feeding your family and making your dollar stretch farther for your gang.  If you have a “stretch your ground beef farther method”, please share it with the rest of us. We’d love to hear it!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick taco seasoning
  • approx. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • approx. 1/2 vintage white cheddar

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 cup half and half

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet combine ground beef, celery and onions. Brown over medium high heat; drain fat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; stir.
  4. Scoop mixture into a large 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheeses. Set aside.
  5. Let’s make the crust – In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, taco seasoning, baking powder, melted butter and half and half; whisk until smooth. Pour crust mixture evenly over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35-40 minutes Or until crust is lightly brown. Serve.
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Cowboy Casserole ~ Ground Beef Recipe ~ Money Saving Recipe

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 can 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 15 oz. black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick taco seasoning
  • approx. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • approx. 1/2 vintage white cheddar
  • Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup half and half

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet combine ground beef, celery and onions. Brown over medium high heat; drain fat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; stir.
  4. Scoop mixture into a large 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheeses. Set aside.
  5. Let's make the crust - In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, taco seasoning, baking powder, melted butter and half and half; whisk until smooth. Pour crust mixture evenly over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35-40 minutes Or until crust is lightly brown. Serve.

 

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Brittaney Christensen
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Brittaney Christensen

Cowboy casserole is a favorite at our house!

Meme
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I’ve found that to stretch about any sort of meat I can either shred it or chop it very finely well with anything really (makes veggies stretch as well). Then serve it over noodles, rice or diced potatoes something like that. If I just serve a chunk of meat my hubby and I both want at least one piece normally like 1/4 lb portions or so. For some reason if its chopped or shredded it tricks our brains into thinking we are getting/eating more than we really are. I can make a full meal out just one 1/4lb portion and… Read more »
Tiffany
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Thank you, Meme, for your great tips! I haven’t tried tricking my brain before, but I’m for sure going to try it. 🙂

missy
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shredded carrots, zucchini, and onions to stretch it out.

Tiffany/MyCrowdedKitchen
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Missy, what a healthy and tasty way to make it stretch. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

Sydney
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Finely diced mushrooms work well too and the kids really can’t tell it’s in there. I like to do that when the mushrooms are on sale.

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