Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole Recipe

You won’t see any slowpokes among the cowboys and cowgirls when you set this BBQ-saucy meatloaf and potato casserole on the table!

I am contemplating buying my first glue gun. I have never been really big into crafts. Oh, I have all the different things I bought to try new crafty projects such as knitting, scrap booking and jewelry making. But, I never actually purchased a glue gun. To me that was for the people who wore the aprons and had jars of paint brushes in their specially designed crafting room. I never took that leap.

But, my daughter wants to be Frieda Kahlo for Halloween. I need to make a head band with faux flowers on it. After much thought I think it is time to purchase a glue gun. I am just wondering how long it will be before I remove the bed from the guest room downstairs and add a series of shelving units and coordinating boxes.

So, since I spent so much time thinking about Halloween costumes I put off making dinner until the last-minute. We had a bunch of mashed potatoes leftover from the other night. I have been trying to figure out what to do with them when I ran across this Ore-Ida recipe for a Cowboy Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Casserole. My two favorite foods! Yes! I have a package of defrosted ground beef too. Wait, I don’t have bacon??!! So, what? I changed this to the mashed potatoes my family loves the most.


The meatloaf was amazingly delicious and moist. The mashed potatoes, which I changed up by making homemade mashed potatoes and adding garlic, Parmesan cheese, and sour cream, added another whole level of flavor. This dish was amazing! I love that even just changing a few simple things made it even better for my family.

For my mostly gluten-free son this dish was a perfect gluten-free dinner which makes his so happy.

I served this dish with a green salad and a side of.

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole Recipe


  • 1 package Ore-Ida® Steam n’ Mash®  Cut Russet  Potatoes
  • 1 pound ground lean meat (beef or turkey)
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s® Barbecue Sauce, Honey Smokehouse™
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup crumbled real bacon
  • 1/4 cup crispy fried onions, canned
  • 2/3 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 9×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, Barbecue Sauce, egg, chili powder and salt until well mixed. Gently press into bottom of baking dish.

2. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked through. Carefully pour off any excess fat if needed. Adjust oven to broil and place oven rack 6 to 8 inches from heat source.



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