Slow Cooker John Wayne Casserole

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (32-ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced green chiles


Start the Base:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until it softens, about 5 minutes.

Add the ground beef, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until the beef is nicely browned, about 5 more minutes.

Season the Beef:

Stir in the taco seasoning and water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the liquid has reduced slightly.

Layer in Slow Cooker:

Place the frozen tater tots in an even layer at the bottom of the slow cooker.

Spoon the beef mixture over the tater tots.

In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and spread this over the beef.

Finally, layer the diced green chiles on top.


Cover and set the slow cooker on low heat. Cook for about 4 hours.

Add More Cheese:

Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top, cover again, and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy:

Serve the casserole hot, right out of the slow cooker, and enjoy a comforting, delicious meal that brings a bit of history to your table.

This Slow Cooker John Wayne Casserole is not just easy to make but also incredibly satisfying. It’s a wonderful way to keep the legacy of John Wayne alive in your kitchen, through a dish that’s as robust and enduring as his character. Enjoy the rich flavors and the simplicity of this delightful meal!

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