Cowboy Casserole with Dumplings Recipe

Cowboy Casserole with Dumplings makes a great comfort food for the colder nights of winter.  

My youngest daughter is a busy Mom and loves to find new slow cooker or crock-pot recipes that are easy to cook.  She found a few different recipe versions of this recipe and adapted it to her family’s tastes.  This casserole recipe was fast to throw in the slow cooker and devoured just as quickly!


Cowboy Casserole



Cowboy Casserole with Dumplings Recipe:
Prep Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cowboy Casserole with Dumplings Recipe, Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole with Dumplings
  • 1 pound ground beef (hamburger), browned and fat drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound (4 to 5) small red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup*
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn, with liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of beef bouillon (optional)**
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package buttermilk biscuit dough, chunked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat crock pot/slow cooker.

  2. In a large skillet or frying pan, saute the ground beef and onion together; drain off the fat and discard.

  3. Place the sauted ground beef and onions in the pre-heated crock pot/slow cooker.  Add the sliced potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, diced tomatoes, corn, beans, and taco seasoning.  Mix together.

  4. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.

  5. Once the casserole seems finished (potatoes are soft and tender), stir one final time.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Place the raw (uncooked) biscuit dough in a single layer on the top of the casserole.  Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and cover with lid.  DO NOT stir.  For best results, the casserole should be bubbly hot before adding the biscuit dough.

  6. Let the biscuits cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuit dough is completely cooked.

  7. Turn off the crock pot and let sit, with the lid off, until the casserole cools to an edible temperature.

  8. Serve in soup bowls, garnish with additional cheese, and enjoy!
  9. Serves many.

Recipe Notes

*  Cream of chicken or cream of broccoli can be substituted.

**  Beef bouillon is optional as the main ingredient is salt.  Add some garlic instead.


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