Gluten Free Cowboy Pie

Prepared with a spicy filling of chilli beans and topped with a gluten-free crusty cornbread, this cowboy casserole is the perfect dish for a family dinner. Loaded with vegetables, fibres, and vitamin C, this recipe makes a hearty and balanced meal under 500kcal.

Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs54.8 g19.9%
of which Sugars11 g12.2%
Fibers9.9 g35.3%
Fats14 g21.5%
of which Saturates2.9 g14.6%
of which Omega 30.9 g79.4%
Proteins28.6 g62.2%
Calcium222 mg22.2%
Vitamin A253 mcg36.2%
Vitamin C162 mg215.5%
Iron7.3 mg49.4%
Potassium1095 mg31.3%
Sodium1124 mg48.9%
Cholesterol51.7 mg17.2%
Kcal460 23%
Macro split
  • net carbs 51%
  • sugars 10%
  • fats 13%
  • saturates 3%
  • proteins 27%
  • fibers 9%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
460 per serving

This mouthwatering cowboy pie recipe is a hearty dish perfect for a large family dinner or when you have guests over.

Loaded with Mexican-inspired flavours like cumin, paprika, and chillies, this pie is prepared with a rich filling of peppers, beans, tomatoes, and lean mince, then topped with crusty cornbread.

Our cowboy casserole cornbread is not only gluten-free thanks to the combination of cornmeal and rice flour but it’s also dairy-free, meaning it has fewer calories and fats than the classic recipe.

Just one serving of this pie has less than 500 kcal and it’s high in fibres and vitamin C.

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Measuring System
For the Cornbread Topping
Coarse Cornmeal110 g
Rice Flour100 g
Baking Powder2 tsp
Rapeseed Oil2 tbsp
Salt1 tsp
Potato Starch1 tbsp
Ground Flaxseeds1 tbsp
Oat Milk200 mL
Lemon Juice1 tbsp
Unrefined Brown Sugar1 tbsp
For the Pie Filling
Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 tbsp
Onion50 g
Garlic Clove1
Cumin Seeds1 tsp
Ground Cumin1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder1/2 tsp
Oregano1 tsp
Thyme1/2 tsp
Paprika1 tsp
Bay Leaf1 tsp
Chopped Tomatoes Tin400 g
Pinto Beans, Canned400 g
Yellow Peppers2
Red Peppers1
Green Peppers1
Lean Beef Mince500 g
Carrots100 g

Step 1

In a large frying pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil and add finely chopped onions, crushed garlic, and sliced jalapenos. Let them sizzle until soft and fragrant.

Then, stir in all the herbs and spices and cook them for a few minutes.

Add the tinned chopped tomatoes, cooked pinto beans, diced peppers, lean beef mince, and grated carrots.

Step 1.1 of Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe

Step 2

Cook the ingredients for the pie filling, covered, for 15 minutes. Then, remove the lid and keep cooking them until the sauce is creamy.

Transfer the chilli beef and beans mixture into an oven-proof dish and spread it evenly.

Step 2.1 of Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe

Step 3

Now, prepare the gluten-free cornbread topping by combining coarse cornmeal, rice flour, baking powder, rapeseed oil, brown sugar, salt, and starch in a mixing bowl (1).

Then, add a 'flaxegg’ prepared by mixing the flaxseeds with water in ratio 1:3 (1 tbsp of flaxseeds and 3 tbsp of water) and leaving them to thicken in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

Finally, pour the oat milk mixed with lemon juice in the cornbread batter.

Whisk the ingredients until they are well incorporated and then pour the batter over the pie filling (2).

Step 3.1 of Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe
Step 3.2 of Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe

Step 4

Bake the cowboy pie for 30 minutes at 200°C (390°F) or 180°C (355°F) for fan ovens. Once the cornbread topping is golden and crusty, the pie is ready.

Allow to cool down for a few minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with sliced jalapenos and fresh chopped coriander and serve with a side salad.

Enjoy your mouthwatering cowboy pie!

Step 4.1 of Gluten Free Cowboy Pie Recipe


  • Store the cowboy pie in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze on the same day.

  • You can make this recipe vegan and lower in saturated fats by swapping beef mince with cooked green lentils or extra pinto beans.

  • Make sure the pie filling is not too runny and, if needed, you can add some potato starch mixed with cold water to thicken up the sauce.

  • You can cook the pie filling right into a oven-proof skillet or cast iron pan.