Cowboy Casserole

Here is a recipe that we’ve been testing for our hot lunch program. This is the kids version. I think I would throw in some chopped green chilis!I hope they like it!


Cowboy Casserole

Serves 12

1 lb of ground beef
1 small onion, minced
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs flat leaf parsley
10¾ oz can of tomato soup
15 oz can of corn
3 Tbs dried mustard
32 oz package of tater tots
salt & pepper, to taste
4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Brown ground beef with the onions – drain. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, parsley, tomato soup, corn, dried mustard and simmer for about 10 minutes.

In a greased 9×13 baking dish, arrange tater tots in single layer. Cover with 2 cups of cheese. Pour ground beef mixture over top and cover with remaining cheese.

Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Sloppy Joes

A sloppy joe is a sandwich, originating in the United States, consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. It’s a loose meat sandwich!

Several variations of the sloppy joe exist in North America. In Quebec, Canada, a sandwich of stewed ground beef called pain à la viande, which is usually served on a hot dog bun. A similar sandwich, the “dynamite“, exists in the area around Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and is distinguished by the use of onions, bell peppers, and sometimes celery. Since my daughter, Zoe, goes to school in Rhode Island, I am sending her on an expedition! I want a full report!

I have several different sloppy joes recipes (Sloppy Bombay Joes and Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes), but this is the classic.


Sloppy Joes

Serves 4

1 lb ground beef
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
½ cup ketchup
½ cup tomato sauce
¼ cup water
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
dash of black pepper
Tabasco sauce, to taste (optional)
Hamburger buns

Brown the beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Sauté the onion, celery and green pepper in olive oil until soft.

Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.