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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 or batch cooking!
Why you’ll love this easy recipe
⭐️ Budget friendly, simple ingredient list
⭐️ Hearty, delicious and fun
⭐️ Very easy to make
Some other easy family friendly pie recipes
Cowboy Pie Ingredients
- Olive oil
- Pork sausages
- Onion – You can cheat and use frozen pre-chopped or use fresh
- Peppers – Again, frozen or fresh is fine
- Baked beans
- Tinned tomatoes
- BBQ sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Potatoes – Something good for mashed potatoes like Maris Pipers or King Edwards.
How to make Cowboy Pie
- Peel and chop your potatoes and get them on to boil.
- Meanwhile, fry the sausages in hot oil for about 10 minutes.
- Cut the sausages into thirds and add onions and peppers to the pan for about 7-10 minutes.
- Add the beans, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Drain your potatoes, mix in the rest of the ingredients and mash together.
- Put the filling into an ovenproof dish, top with the mashed potato and cheese, then either oven bake or grill until the top is golden.
- Vegetarian or gluten-free – 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.
- Veggies – You can either leave them out or swap them 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.
Can you freeze Cowboy Pie?
Yes! 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 it 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 3 days.
Top tips for making Cowboy Pie
If you’re making one of these pies to eat now and one for the freezer, I love to store pies in these foil trays from Amazon.
It means you don’t have to put an oven dish out of action while your pie’s frozen, and you can also pop it into the oven without any further faffing or handling when you’re ready to cook it.
I love a recipe with a story behind it, and because food is all about coming together and sharing, you can impress your family or guests with some of these other funky-named meals: Campfire Stew, Hunter’s Chicken, Bubble and Squeak, Dirty Rice and Marry Me Chicken.
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.
I usually just serve it up on its own as it’s a complete meal and absolutely fine without a side. However, if you want to make it go further you could serve it up with some green vegetables like peas, green beans or broccoli.
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- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 454 g Pork sausages
- 1 Onion, Peeled and chopped into large chunks.
- 3 Peppers, Deseeded 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.