Cowboy Casserole

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// Cowboy Casserole

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

18-19 mins

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Say ‘howdy’ to your new favorite weeknight dinner! The chili-style filling packed with beef, beans, and corn cooks in minutes. Top with your favorite cornbread batter and finish it off in the microwave for a one-dish wonder.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Extra Large Dish

At 12 cups capacity, this is our largest dish — the perfect addition to any set.

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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Extra Large Dish


  • lbs (675g) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup (120g) red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cups (300ml) barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup (160g) fire roasted corn kernels, drained
  • 1 (14oz) can black or pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (8.5oz) package cornbread mix, plus ingredients listed
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)
  • Sliced jalapeños, for serving (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)


  1. Place the beef, red bell pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, and barbecue sauce in the Extra Large Anyday Dish and stir to combine.
  2. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 6-7 minutes or until the meat is almost fully cooked. Add the corn and beans and stir to combine.
  3. Prepare the cornbread batter to package directions. Pour directly over the meat, gently smoothing out the batter to create a flat surface.
  4. Continue cooking in the microwave for 12-13 minutes, or until the cornbread is fluffy. If the cornbread is still wet in the center, add 30 seconds of cook time until cooked through.
  5. Serve warm with sour cream, jalapeños, and cilantro if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Use ground turkey or chicken for a leaner version.
  • Brush the cornbread topping with some honey for a salty-sweet take.
  • Add chopped pickled jalapeños to the cornbread mixture for a spicy twist.

Recipe notes

  • Prepare the meat filling up to 3 days in advance. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the meat filling for 3-5 minutes in the microwave prior to adding the cornbread batter.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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