Cattle Drive Casserole

Cattle Drive Casserole, the ultimate comfort food. Layers of cheese, meat and more cheese make for this satisfying casserole beyond delicious.


Okay, so there’s some background explanation behind the name of Cattle Drive Casserole.  Story begins with me finding a recipe on Pinterest months ago. Pinned it, like I do so many recipes but never actually  looked at the recipe. The name of it didn’t give you much to go off of: “John Wayne Casserole”, that’s it!

All I know about John Wayne is he’s in a lot of old cowboy movies. I know he’s an icon, but I wasn’t sure he was a casserole maker.  So I had no idea if you should automatically know what the dish was all about based on the name, I had no clue.

I finally clicked on the recipe one day and it sounded really good, there was some explanation about the name that really still didn’t make a whole lot of sense.  So I did what I normally do for my fussy self…I “Lori-fied” the recipe.  In the end I came up with a great dish that even my littlest daughter surprisingly devoured, since it has a tiny kick to it.

Now back to the name of this dish.  While eating it for dinner, my husband (who really enjoyed it) asked me what it was called.  I told him “John Wayne Casserole”, but  that I wanted to rename it because I didn’t understand the correlation and also because I “Lori-fied” the recipe.  His response was: “How about Cattle Drive Casserole? Seems like a hearty dish ranchers might eat after being out on the range all day.”…and so there you have it!

Thank you Steve, Cattle Drive Casserole it is!


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Cattle Drive Casserole

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded & divided
  • 1 sm. can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 1/4 cup water, divided


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown ground beef, drain off grease. Add in diced onion, bell pepper, taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of the water to pan. Simmer approximately 10 minutes until onion & pepper are softened.
  3. In separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and green chilies, set aside.
  4. Stir Bisquick and 3/4 cup water (you may need a tiny bit more water) to make a soft dough. Spray 13X9 baking pan with non-stick spray. Press dough into bottom of pan and bake 5 minutes.
  5. On top of biscuit layer, spread ground beef mixture, next add can of Rotel spreading over ground beef mixture, next spread the sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese sprinkled over the top.
  6. Bake 30 minutes.

Cattle Drive Casserole, the ultimate comfort food. Layers of cheese, meat and more cheese make for this satisfying casserole beyond delicious.

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    No matter what it’s called, it sounds great to me 😉 Pinned it, Lori!

  2. This looks delicious! I like the name. It does sound like a hearty meal for a bunch of cowboys.

  3. Sounds very yummy! Pinned it!

  4. This casserole looks so good! Pinned it! I also liked your facebook page and was wondering if you could check out my page and like me back? Thanks!

  5. Sounds great…about to try it!

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  7. Your casserole sounds really good! I love casseroles like this in the fall, they are the perfect hearty, comfort food meals for when it gets chilly outside! This sounds wonderful! 🙂

  8. Hi Lori. Found this through the Linky party. This looks like a great recipe. One of those that I wouldn’t be able to stop eating. I like the name Cattle Drive better than John Wayne. 🙂

  9. Not sure why it was called John Wayne Cassarole, but not sure Cattle Drive Cassarole works because where do you keep the sour cream cold on a cattle drive. I am speaking of the old days before coolers. Maybe it was a recipe John Wayne liked and was given for some fund reaising cookbook many, many moons ago. I grew up with John Wayne movies and he made some really good ones, not just cowboy ones. He was a great American patriot.

  10. I was just wandering do you drain the Rotel tomatoes before adding to the top of the beef? can’t wait to try this looks delicious. Thanks so much.

  11. G’day! Love what it’s called and looks warm and welcoming too!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Best of 2013 Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  12. I’m fan of casserole. AND cattle drive’s. HA! Perfect dish to serve here in Texas. Thanks! (#SITS)

  13. This is one I need to try in our home for sure!

  14. I love a good casserole – this sounds great! Visiting from SITS FB Page 🙂

  15. Janie Watts says:

    I didn’t like the “John Wayne Casserole”, it was too dry. This sound like it would be much tastier, after being “Lori-fied”.

  16. I did not have much available in the fridge or the pantry. But I happened upon this recipe, and as luck would have it, I had ALL of the necessary ingredients. (I had been wondering what to do with the little can of green chiles we had under the cupboard.) I made it today for our family’s dinner.

    OK. The verdict is in. Family’s response 1) “Did you make it exactly as the recipe states? [I had] It’s interesting.”
    2) “It’s a little too spicy.”

    And I thought it was pretty good. Next time, I might not use any or as many green chiles.

  17. Question: is the RoTel drained? This reminds me much of the old Bisquick Taco Pie recipe I made for years.

  18. hmmmm, look yummy
    thankyou for the recipe

  19. Shirey J. says:

    I love to cook and I’m always looking for new casseroles. I just made this for me and my husband and after the first bite he said it was Delicious! I totally agree with him. I love the biscuit bottom. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and we can’t get Rotel tomatoes so I used a can of stewed tomatoes and that was great. I will definitely make this again and I will share the recipe with my friends. Thank you!

  20. I made this yesterday and not only did it come out looking exactly like the picture, it was super good!!!! The only thing I didn’t have was the green pepper but honestly, it was so good we had second helpings which we try real hard not to do! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  21. I made this yesterday and not only did it turn out looking like the picture, it was super good!! I didn’t have green peppers but it was still fantastic. We even had a second helping which we normally don’t do! Thank you for a great recipe!

  22. Do you drain tomatoes

  23. can this be made ahead and frozen?

  24. Priscilla says:

    I make a version of this and it’s great! I prettymuch do everything the same but I use crescent rolls instead of the bisquick and I mix a can of beans in with my meat after it is cooked. It’s my husband’s favorite dish!

  25. Have made this twice. Yummy. Quick and easy prep.

  26. Tastes great with corn bread instead of bisquick too!

  27. Well, guess what…we cattle ranchers love this recipe!! Great modifications and it is really stick-to-your-ribs after a day working outside in the dirt with the cattle. Thanks–and my five kids thank you too!

  28. Suzanne says:

    Deeeelish….Nuff said added a can of black beans. Really scrumptious

  29. Gona make for supper to night. Looks Luscious.

  30. I made this for my family and they LOVED it! thanks for sharing it!

  31. What about making this in a casserole crockpot?


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