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Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole

Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole?

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?


Did you ever have one of those days? You’re not really in the mood for anything particular.

A day where you just say “I’m going to take some hamburger out to thaw and figure it out later”? Well, then later happens, and you are going through your cabinets to figure out what’s going in this hamburger.

It has been pouring rain all day, and going to the store is not an option; not in the mood for that either.

Whatever is going in this dish is already in the house. Oh, and it’s not going to be hamburgers, because there’s no buns.

Sometimes those are the most fun and you can get your creative juices flowing!

Well that’s what happened this past Saturday, and if I say so myself, it’s some Meaty Mac n Cheesy tater tot goodness topped with more cheese.

Not that I have a bunch of cowboys to feed, but if I did they would probably call it Cowboy Crack! I bet Blake Shelton probably grew up on something like this, just guessing.

But if you’ve got growing boys, that eat you out of house and home, this is the perfect easy dinner that’ll get you a big fat kiss on the cheek!!

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

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Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs hamburger
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups prepared mac n cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1-2 lbs bag tater tots, cooked (I used half of a 2 lb bag)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven according to package instructions for tater tots, I baked them separate and added to the top so they would stay crispy.
  2. Crumble and brown hamburger in a large skillet on medium high. Season well with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder.
  3. While that's browning dice up onion and bell pepper toss that in with the hamburger to get tender.
  4. Start your water for mac and cheese, just make however you like your mac and cheese.
  5. Add tomato soup, using about 1/4 can of water to the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish along with can of drained rotel. Drain the hamburger and add to the casserole dish. Stir to combine.
  6. Top with cooked tater tots and more cheese.
  7. Turn oven to 400 and bake 10-15 minutes or just until cheese it melted.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 servings Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 519Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 65mgSodium 1097mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 22g

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Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

Mac n Cheesy Cowboy Casserole Recipe - Meaty, Mac n Cheesy, tater tot goodness topped with even more cheese. What is not to love about this?

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