John Wayne Casserole Crockpot – 9-Step Recipe for 2023

You can cook the John Wayne Casserole using a crockpot. It’s quite easy but will take around 4.5 hours. To do so first prepare the crust. Then cook the vegetable and meet and mix them. Next, have your sour cream and complete the layering step. Finally, start cooking in the crock pot and sprinkle additional cheese. Now just wait till it’s done.

The steps are quite easy and straightforward. But to cook them properly you should learn about the other facts such as ingredients, preparation, etc. Everything is discussed in this article. So, keep on reading till the end.

The Background of John Wayne Casserole Recipe

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John Wayne Casserole is a cheese-full, vegetarian, and crustless egg delicious recipe that can satisfy your belly with the mind. Now, if we see the name, John Wayne was an American Actor. He contributed to this fantastic recipe directly and that’s why this Casserole is named after him.

This recipe is quite different from the original casserole recipe because it has 3 different ingredients- cheese, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes. Grounded beef seasoned with taco, layered with colorful vegetables and biscuits aside, this is a mouth-watering weekend comfort meal. Crockpot John Wayne casserole is easy to make and delicious as well.

Though this recipe is a bit different than the original recipe as the original didn’t have ground beef. However, you still can enjoy this crockpot recipe with satisfaction. Below I’ll explain the crock pot recipe of John Wayne Casserole.

John Wayne Casserole Crockpot

John Wayne Casserole Crockpot - 9-Step Recipe

Helen Knight
Before getting into the steps I’ll show you the cooking facts and ingredients. Let’s get it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4


  • Taco Seasoning (DIY / Store bought)
  • Biscuits(Refrigerated)
  • Grounded Beef
  • Onion (Sliced)
  • Onion Powder
  • Tomatoes (Diced)
  • Bell Peppers (Diced)
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper (As tasted)



Here comes the step-by-step guide about how to make the delicious crockpot John Wayne Casserole-

Step 1: Prepare The Crust

Spray your crockpot with a non-stick spray and spread the biscuit dough at the bottom of it. Spread the dough very evenly.

Step 2: Cook The Meat

Take a skillet or pan and stir-fry the ground meat. Cook the beef until it’s brown and crumbly. Drain the fat and stir it in the seasoning.

Step 3: Cook The Veggies

Stir fry the onions and peppers until they are delicate. Then, add diced tomatoes to the vegetable mixture. Saute it for a bit.
Besides, you may check out our Crockpot Beef Stew Recipe!

Step 4: Make A Meat & Vegetable Mixture

Add all the veggies and tomato mixture into the meat and cook for a couple of minutes, so the flavor can get into the meat.

Step 5: Make The Sour Cream

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/2 of the cheddar cheese, and onion powder. Save the rest of the cheese for the top layering.

Step 6: Layering

Now, layer the meat on the biscuit dough, then the vegetable mixture with tomatoes, and lastly the sour cream mixture at the top.

Step 7: Start Cooking

Close the lid and cook on low setting for 4 to 4.5 hours. Keep the lid always closed while cooking.

Step 8: Sprinkle Some Extra Cheese

When the cooking is done, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the dish and close the lid again for 10 minutes. Choose the “Keep it warm” option then.

Step 9: Ready!

When the cheese melts, you can serve the delicious dish topping with colorful bell peppers, salsa, or onions!
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John Wayne Casserole Crockpot

How do I store the leftovers?

To store the leftover you can follow a few steps. First, get a quality air-tight box. Then carefully put the leftover in the box. Make sure to close the lid properly. Then put the box in a refrigerator. It should keep the leftovers fresh for at least 3-4 days.

How to freeze casserole?

Let the hot casserole cool down completely at first. Then, carefully remove it from the crockpot. You can wrap it in foil paper or keep it in an air-tight box. If you use foil paper, layer it two/three times and then store it in your fridge. If you use the box, then simple. Close the lid tightly and leave it in the fridge.

How to reheat the casserole?

For reheating the casserole, you can use the oven for convenience. You can cover the dish with foil paper and reheat the oven at 350°F until it’s heated thoroughly. Depending on the quantity, you need to add moisture to the casserole and then wrap it in foil paper. As moisture, you can add milk!

How long can I keep the casserole in the fridge?

You can store your casserole in the fridge for 3-4 days. It’ll be fresh for 3-4 days, after which the food poisoning will begin. However, if you think you won’t be able to complete your casserole within 4 days, freeze them immediately. It’ll be safe and fresh for a long time then.

Why is it called John Wayne Casserole?

John Wayne, an American actor (1907-1979) directly contributed to this recipe of casserole. This amazing recipe was added to a cookbook named “Cooking with Love by Cara and Her Friends”. This book was released in 1979. John Wayne was Cara’s one friend, so he had to submit a recipe for her book. Though it’s still unknown where he found this recipe.


That’s all for today. I hope you guys will enjoy this delicious crockpot meal. For your weekend or any comfort meal, this recipe is fantastic. Enjoy this Crockpot John Wayne Casserole with your family!

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Helen Knight
Helen Knight

I'm passionate about cooking and making simple, delicious recipes that you can always feel confident feeding to friends and family. My goals for you are to have fun in the kitchen, learn new things, and create beautiful dishes. I have a lot of experience using kitchen appliances, so making great food is my passion and my favorite thing to share with others. I prioritize food safety in all of my meals. Check out my blog SKI, for helpful tips and tricks to improve your own cooking skills. Let's explore the world of food together!

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey Helen!
    Just read your article on the John Wayne Casserole in a Crockpot, and I’m stoked! Your easy-to-follow guide and delicious pictures got my taste buds buzzing. Loved the personal touch and anecdotes too. I’m trying this recipe ASAP, and your blog is now my recipe haven. Keep sharing your culinary journey with us!

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