Sausages in a pie with beans and topped with cheesy, buttery mashed potato. Hello old school dinner classic. This Cowboy Pie is a hearty feast that’s so simple and will be a massive hit with kids (and adults).
This Cowboy Pie is a feast of a meal that is perfect for the whole family. I asked you recently about school dinner favourites and this came high on the list, so I thought I’d come up with my own version (with added veggies and some shortcuts).
It’s easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time, is served up in one dish, and is loaded with smoky, rich flavour that makes it hearty and satisfying. When you put sausage, beans and mash together, the kids will offer no complaints, I’m sure.
This is a sort-of store cupboard staple recipe too, meaning no elaborate ingredient list, which keeps it very budget friendly.
You can also make this a Vegetarian Cowboy Pie very easily by using veggie sausages. It freezes well too for a future dinner win!
You’ll love this recipe because:
✅ Budget friendly simple ingredient list
✅ Hearty, delicious and fun
✅ Very easy to make
FAQs about this Cowboy Pie Recipe
Can I make this Vegetarian Cowboy Pie?
Yes! This works really well as a vegetarian dish – just add veggie sausages instead.
You can also make this a gluten-free meal too by using gluten-free sausages. Just be careful with the BBQ sauce you use or make your own.
Does this freeze well?
Yes it does. So, if you find this is a favourite at home, you might be best making a big batch and then freezing half of it for another day.
Prepare up until the end of point 7, and then freeze, covered, before melting the cheese on top.
When you want to eat it, allow to defrost fully and then pop into the oven until hot through.
There’s nothing better than serving up something everyone loves for dinner and the only effort involved is heating it up again! It will also keep in the fridge for up to three days.
Can I swap the veggies up?
Sure, you can leave them out. Substitute with your preference. Peas or carrots work really well too, the carrots will take a little longer to cook in the pan or you could pre boil them.
How can I use this pie with other ingredients for different days?
If you find that the beans/mash in a pie combo is a big hit with the family, you can use the same recipe but instead using corned beef or beef mince instead.
These are known variations of Cowboy Pie and are also delicious, great value for money and freezable.
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- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 454 g Pork sausages
- 1 Onion Peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 3 Peppers Peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 2x Tins of Baked beans
- 400 g Tinned tomatoes
- 4 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
For the mash:
- 1 kg Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 4 tbsp Milk
- Salt and pepper
- 50 g Cheese
- Preheat the oven if finishing the pie in the oven (see optional last step).
- Put the potatoes on to boil in salted water.
- While they are boiling heat oil in a large, deep frying pan. Add the sausages and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly.
- Cut the sausages into thirds (I use scissors) and add the onions and peppers. Cook for a further 7 - 10 minutes until the peppers have started to soften and the sausages are golden.
- Add the beans, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and add the butter, milk, cheese and salt and pepper, and mash until smooth and fluffy.
- Add the sausage mix to an oven dish and top with the mash and cheese.
- Put in the oven on 180C for 25 minutes. (You'll need to heat this way if you've made the pie in advance and it has cooled down.)
- Put under a hot grill for 5 minutes until the top is golden.