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Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole

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“We ride and never worry about the fall.  I guess that’s just the cowboy in us all.”  – Tim McGraw

Probably most cowboys never had a slow cooker or instant pot over yonder in the chuck wagon (and, let’s be real, most cowboys probably didn’t care much how healthy their meals were either), but let’s not let that stop us from bringing out the cowboy in us all with this supremely simple and delicious chuck wagon fare.  Enjoy this healthy Cowboy Casserole.

Adapted from familyfreshmeals.com.

Healthy Cowboy Casserole
Healthy Cowboy Casserole

Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs sirloin steak cut into chunks
  • 2 each hannah sweet potatoes or any white-fleshed sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 bag frozen bell peppers and onions
  • 1 Tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 1 can kidney beans no sugar listed in ingredients
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese grated
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped, for garnish, optional

Instructions

To Cook Immediately: Slow Cooker

  • Add all ingredients except cheese and parsley to a slow cooker. Cook on low 8 hours or on high 6 hours. Top with cheese, and cover. Cook another 10 min or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

To Freeze

  • Combine all ingredients except cheese and parsley in a freezer bag. Label and freeze.

To Cook After Freezing: Slow Cooker

  • Add frozen contents of bag to a slow cooker. Cook on low 10 hours or on high 8 hours. Top with cheese. Cover slow cooker, and cook another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

To Cook Immediately: Instant Pot

  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for manual-high and 35 minutes. Allow for 10 minutes of natural pressure release. Carefully move valve to venting and release remaining pressure. Cover with cheese and allow to stand until cheese melts. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

To Cook After Freezing: Instant Pot

  • Add frozen meal to Instant Pot. Press sauté. Allow at least 1 cup of liquid to accumulate at the bottom of the pot. Press cancel. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for manual-high and 40 minutes. Allow for at least 10 minutes of natural pressure release. Carefully move valve to venting to release remaining pressure. Top with cheese and allow to stand until cheese melts. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

Kidney beans are the hardest to find without added sugar, in this chef's personal experience.  Word to the wise: read labels carefully.
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