Easy and Inexpensive Cowboy Casserole

casserole in a glass dish

Ingredients for Casserole

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 oz maple breakfast sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans
  • 1 10.75 oz can Campbells tomato soup, concentrated, do not add water. 

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup of instant mashed potato flakes
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream 
  • 2/3 cup of Bisquick
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Directions for the Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. While the meat is cooking, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1/2 inch chunks. Mix together sweet potato, chili powder, and brown sugar. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 6-8minutes or until sweet potato is semi-soft. Set aside. 
  3. Break up and brown ground beef, breakfast sausage,  and diced onion in a skillet. Drain off grease. 
  4. Combine sweet potatoes, meat mixture, kidney beans, and tomato soup, mix well.
  5. Spread mixture in an even layer in a small casserole dish

Directions for the Topping

  1. Add butter to water and bring to a boil in a saucepan. 
  2. Add butter and water immediately to mashed potato flakes. 
  3. Add sour cream and mix well. 
  4. Add the Bisquick, egg and Italian Seasoning. 
  5. Mix until it forms a dough. Do not over mix. 

Put it all together….

  1. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop potato dough onto the top of the casserole all across the top. 
  2. Cover lightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. 
  3. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes.

I serve with a side of sour cream and creamed corn on the side.

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