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Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole Recipe

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One of my grandma’s favorite recipes happens to be cowboy casserole. In fact when Grandma asked me to do some batch cooking last week I decided to convert our family recipe into Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole and the recipe worked a real treat!

If you love beans, sausages, mushrooms, onion and bacon, then this is a great easy cowboy casserole recipe for you to try!

INSTANT POT COWBOY CASSEROLE

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Hearty and Satisfying: This casserole is packed with protein, veggies, and flavor.
  • One-Pot Meal: The Instant Pot makes it easy to cook and clean up.
  • Family Favorite: It’s a crowd-pleaser that even picky eaters will love.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing, olive oil imparts a subtle flavor and ensures that the ingredients don’t stick to the pot.
  • Cocktail Sausages: Add a rich, hearty, and slightly smoky flavor that is central to the dish.
  • Baked Beans: Contribute a sweet and tangy taste, while also providing a hearty texture that makes this casserole so satisfying.
  • Bacon: Adds a smoky, savory flavor, and its rendered fat enriches the dish and helps in sautéing the mushrooms.
  • Mushrooms: Bring an earthy flavor and a meaty texture that complements the richness of the sausages and bacon.
  • Water: Create the right consistency and ensure that the casserole doesn’t dry out during cooking.
  • Salt & Pepper: Enhance all the other flavors in the dish, making the flavors of the sausages, beans, and bacon really shine.
Cowboy Casserole ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole?

Step One: Prepare Ingredients

Chop the onions and mushrooms.

Step Two: Saute Bacon

Saute the bacon in the Instant Pot until cooked. You can cut the bacon into small pieces before or after you cook it. Remove from the pot once cooked.

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Step Three: Saute Onions And Mushrooms

Add olive oil, onions, and mushrooms to the Instant Pot. Saute until brown.

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Step Four: Combine Ingredients

Add the baked beans to your pot, followed by the cocktail sausages and bacon pieces.

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Step Five: Add Water

Add water to the pot and stir the mixture around before sealing the lid.

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Step Six: Pressure Cook

Pressure cook on manual for 4 minutes. Quick release once finished.

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Step Seven: Serve

Your cowboy casserole is now ready to serve. Enjoy.

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Cooking Tips

  • Don’t Stir Too Much: Avoid stirring excessively once all ingredients are in the pot to prevent them from sticking or becoming mushy.
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Substitutions

  • Meat Swap: Try chicken or ground beef in Instant Pot cowboy casserole instead of bacon for a unique twist on the classic dish with little prep needed.
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Variations

  • Creamy Ranchero Fusion Casserole- Elevate your Instant Pot cowboy casserole by adding sour cream and cream of mushroom soup for a creamy twist, topped with melted cheese for extra indulgence.
  • Hearty Homestead Bake- Create a hearty Instant Pot cowboy casserole with minimal prep by incorporating potatoes, broccoli, and a mix of meats, baked to perfection with tomatoes for a wholesome meal.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover Cowboy Casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator, ensuring it’s cooled to room temperature before storing. Consume within 3-4 days for optimal taste and safety.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze portions of the casserole in a labeled, airtight freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Thawing and Reheating: Thaw frozen casserole portions in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through, or use the microwave for individual servings. Enjoy the hearty flavors of Cowboy Casserole with these convenient storage and reheating tips!

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Cornbread: Whip up a batch of golden cornbread for a delicious contrast to the hearty flavors of Cowboy Casserole.
  • Coleslaw: A zesty coleslaw adds a refreshing crunch, balancing the richness of the casserole with its crisp textures.
  • Garlic Knots: Soft and garlicky knots make a perfect side, soaking up the savory juices of the Cowboy Casserole.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Crispy sweet potato fries bring a touch of sweetness, enhancing the savory profile of your Instant Pot creation.
  • Cheddar Biscuits: Serve flaky cheddar biscuits on the side for a cheesy twist, perfect for sopping up the savory goodness of the casserole.

FAQ’S

Can I Use Frozen Meat In This Recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen meat. However, it might take longer to brown and break apart, so ensure it’s fully cooked before proceeding.

Cowboy Casserole in the instant pot

Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole Recipe

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Indulge in a hearty and delicious Instant Pot Cowboy Casserole, packed with savory flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cocktail sausages
  • 2 cans of baked beans
  • 1 pack of bacon
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions and mushrooms. 
  2. Sauté your bacon in the Instant Pot until cooked. You can cut the bacon into small pieces before or after you cook it. Remove from the pot once cooked.
  3. Add your olive oil, onions and mushrooms to the Instant Pot. Sauté until brown. 
  4. Add the baked beans to your pot, followed by the cocktail sausages and bacon pieces. 
  5. Add your water to the pot and stir the mixture around before sealing the lid.
  6. Pressure cook on manual for 4 minutes. Quick release once finished.
  7. Your cowboy casserole is now ready to serve. Enjoy.

Notes

Don't Stir Too Much: Avoid stirring excessively once all ingredients are in the pot to prevent them from sticking or becoming mushy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 940mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 9gSugar: 29gProtein: 15g

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