John Wayne loved this casserole so much, it’s named after him. Check out the recipe

Slow Cooker John Wayne Casserole is a culinary masterpiece that combines ease of preparation with an explosion of flavors. In this article, we’ll delve into the detailed process of creating this savory dish, from gathering the ingredients to serving it hot and ready. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you and your loved ones craving for more.



Ingredients Quantity
Olive oil 2 tablespoons
Onion (diced) 1
Ground beef 1 pound
Garlic (minced) 1 clove
Salt 1 teaspoon
Pepper ½ teaspoon
Taco seasoning 1 packet
Water ¾ cup
Sour cream 1 cup
Shredded cheddar cheese (divided) 2 cups
Frozen tater tots 1 package (32 ounces)
Diced green chiles 1 can (14 ounces)


  1. Sauté Onions: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Brown Ground Beef: Add ground beef, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Continue to cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until the beef browns, approximately 5 more minutes.
  3. Season with Taco Mix: Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce slightly.
  4. Prepare Sour Cream Mixture: In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Layering in Slow Cooker: Place frozen tater tots in the slow cooker in an even layer. Add the cooked meat mixture on top of the tater tots. Spread the sour cream and cheese mixture evenly over the meat.
  6. Add Green Chiles: Sprinkle diced green chiles over the top.
  7. Slow Cooking: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4 hours. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld.
  8. Final Cheese Layer: Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the top, cover again, and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  9. Serve Hot: Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, the casserole is ready to be served. Scoop out portions and enjoy the flavorful layers.

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