Recipe: Cowboy Casserole

Savoury main course kind of meals are the make or break of family mealtimes. Flavours need to appeal to a wide range of diners and processes often include, chopping, frying and measuring which all require a degree of accuracy to ensure success.
Kids need to learn to master these skill as well so simple main meals that cook quickly can help develop budding culinary talent while giving the main cook and bottle washer a night off.


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • ½ an onion chopped
  • 2 cans baked beans
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp beef stock powder or a beef stock cube
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup macaroni cooked and drained
  • 1 cup grated cheese


Pre heat oven to 180°

Heat a medium size saucepan, add the meat and stir until browned, add the onion and keep stirring until it softens. Mix in the two tins of baked beans, the spices, sauce and tomato paste and then sprinkle in the stock powder. Mix really well then add the cooked macaroni.

Pour the whole lot into an ovenproof casserole type dish and cover with the grated cheese.
Heat in the oven till the cheese is melted and turning brown. Serve with salad or veg and garlic bread.

This recipe is courtesy of Sophie Gray, Destitute Gourmet: