From My Kitchen: Cowboy Casserole

I’ve been out of work for over a year now due to the Corona Virus, and I haven been cooking my buns off. I hardly ordered out, funds are limited, so I’m being careful. However, I have just so much time on my hands, that (besides watching every Marvel movie ever made) I’m browsing recipes nonstop. I came across this gem, which apparently is an old staple, but I had never heard of it, being somewhat of an immigrant. (After 34 years in this country, I’m only “somewhat” of an immigrant in my opinion) It was so friggin delicious, I’m so upset I just found out about it. It is total comfort food, it is inexpensive, and it is totally something you can cook with small children in the house. Two thumbs up!

What you’ll need:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet, add onions and cook until soft. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. (I did it backwards, it worked just as well).

Push the beef and onion mix to the side, then add garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Stir and cook for a minute, then combine with the beef. Add tomatoes, corn and sour cream. Stir while and continuing to cook until fully combined.

Add half of the cheddar cheese, and stir to combine. Cook until melted. Place the mixture in a 9×13 oven proof dish. Place the tater tots on top.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 20 -25 minutes, until the tater tots are crispy, and the cheese is melted. Let it cool for a few minutes and serve hot.

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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