Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crockpot John Wayne Casserole Recipe

Crocktober continures with a recipe many of your have been eager to get your hands on.  I've posted John Wayne Casserole a few times on my weekly meal plan, and each time several of you have expressed interest in it.  Well, I am so happy to day that today is that day!  

This comfort food delight is hearty with a little southwest flair that we all love (kinda like The Duke himself).  I know you are going to love it so...

Let's Get Started!

I know you appreciate when I have the ingredients pictured, but unfortunately the file was corrupted, so I don't have it.  I'll try and add it the next time I make this.

Crockpot John Wayne Casserole Recipe:
*Prep Time: 10 min  *Cook Time:  4 hours *Difficulty:  easy  *Servings: 6-8


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 32 oz Bag of Frozen Tater-tots
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 Packet of Taco Mix
  • 3/4 c Water
  • 1 c Sour Cream
  • 2 c Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

To begin you will need to place a pan over medium/high heat and allow it to get hot.  Once the pan is hot add a little olive oil to it and sauté the pepper and onion until soft and translucent.

Add the ground beef to the pan.

Add the taco seasoning to the pan and cook meat until brown and no longer pink.

Add the water to the pan and let reduce by half and thicken.

While the meat is browning, you can combine the sour cream and HALF of the cheese together in a mixing bowl with a little salt and pepper.

Once the meat has fully cooked, add the FROZEN tater-tots to the bottom of the crockpot.

Pour the cooked meat, peppers, and onions, over that.

Next, spread the sour cream and cheese mixture over the meat and tater-tots.

Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

After 4 hours sprinkle the other half of the cheese over the top of your casserole.
Cover and let melt.  This doesn't take long at all.

And there you have it!

I like to top my casserole with a little salsa and some extra diced green pepper, but you could top with whatever you like.  Though this is a meal all on its own, I really like to serve it with salad.  The crisp freshness helps to cut through the richness of this dish.  I know you are going to LOVE this recipe, so get in the kitchen and give it a try TONIGHT!  Oh, and if you make this recipe, or any of the others from Crocktober, be sure tag me using the hashtag #CrocktoberwithTheKitchenWife

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy CROCKTOBER!
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. Last time I made this I didn't plan well and I cooked it in the oven. This time it will go into the crock-pot!!!

    1. I have never tried it in the oven. Did it not turn out? Can you leave your story for anyone who may read this and ask if they can make it in the oven?