vegan cowboy pie

Vegan Cowboy Pie!

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Vegan Cowboy Pie!

vegan cowboy pie

Vegan Cowboy or Cowgirl Pie is just as tasty if not more-so than the traditional cowboy pie!

Cowboy Pie is an absolute classic that has made people happy for many years!

It is a pie-like dish that was inspired by the American cowboy era, but the origins of the dish are unclear.

Kids, young and old, can imagine their enjoying cowboy pie on the prairies over a campfire.

Cowboy pie is so easy and quick to prepare especially if the potatoes are already cooked and mashed in advance.

This recipe is perfect for kids to prepare themselves with supervision.


vegan cowboy pie

Really Easy Method:

vegan cowboy pie

Vegan Cowboy Pie

A super-easy dish that is fun for all the family. A mashed potato cheezie toping covering smoky BBQ baked beans and tasty plant-based sausages. Delicious!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4 or more people
Calories 433 kcal


  • baking dish/casserole pan/roasting dish
  • Saucepan


  • meat-free sausages, or even burgers chopped up, or vegan mince or chunks I generally use about 2 sausages per person, but sometimes make 3 each for my kids if they are particularly hungry. My family love the Vegan Richmond Sausages.
  • potatoes, cooked and mashed For 4 people I would use about 500 grams, use more if you would like leftovers or feeding more people. I tend to leave the skins on my potatoes for a rustic mash. See the BBC food website for an easy guide to preparing mashed potatoes (I will leave the link in the notes below). Just replace the milk with plant milk and the butter with plant-based butter or even just leave it out.
  • 1 or 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped My family loves garlic so generally use about 6 cloves
  • 1 or 2 tins baked beans, my family likes the tins of mixed beans in tomato sauce or BBQ sauce
  • 3-4 tbsp barbecue sauce or 2 tbsp of BBQ seasoning, add a tbsp at a time and check the flavour so that you end up with how you like it. Alternatively use tomato/ brown sauce/southern fried seasoning/tsp of mild chilli powder and tbsp of smoked paprika or normal paprika.
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan cheese, or 3-4 tbsp of nutritional yeast, use whatever amount is perfect for your dish, or just leave it out if you prefer.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or 1/4 cup vegetable stock, for sautéing. I usually reserve any vegetable cooking water whenever I have any, and save it in a jug in the fridge. Then I can use it for sautéing or adding to sauces, soups and stews.


  • Preheat oven to 190 Fan/210 Celsius/410 Fahrenheit Gas 5
  • Prepare your mashed potatoes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling prepare your meat-free sausages according to the packet directions.
  • Over a medium heat, sauté your onions and garlic in a little vegetable oil or vegetable stock until soft.
    This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Tip your baked beans into your casserole dish/roasting pan.
  • Add the BBQ sauce or seasoning to the beans and mix well.
  • Mix the onions and garlic into the baked bean mix.
  • Add the cooked sausages.
    Depending on preference chop your sausages in half.
    Stir to coat your sausages with the beany sauce. 
  • Top with the mashed potatoes. 
  • Sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
    Or scatter over a few tbsps of nutritional yeast.
  • Place in oven until your potatoes are golden and crispy.
    Should take anywhere between 20-45 minutes depending on your oven.
    Alternatively place under a grill.
  • Serve with a green vegetable such as peas, broccoli, cabbage, kale, or Brussel sprouts for a complete, satisfying, fun meal!
  • Enjoy your cowboy pie!


Please note:
The nutritional calculator that I use could not input vegan sausages. So I attempted, with the help of my son to do the additional calculations!
As the nutritional value of each persons vegan sausages will vary I have included the analysis for Vegan Richmond Sausages.
I have used Vegan Richmond Sausages (pack of 8) for the calculation. It worked out at 121.8 calories for each portion of 2 sausages.
The total calorie calculation for 4 portions was roughly calculated at 433 calories in total for the Cowboy Pie.
Calculations are not exact and are only intended for guidance.
Keyword Comfort food, cowboy pie, dinner, meat alternative, meat free, Plant-based, plant-based meal ideas, Vegan


The following nutritional information is for guidance only and is not a strict analysis as ingredients vary. The analysis is based on 500 grams potatoes, 2 tins of baked beans, 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce. The vegan sausages are not included. For accurate nutritional guidance for the sausages that you use consult the back of the packaging. Thanks!

For nutritional information for Vegan Richmond Sausages please check here

121.8 calories per 2 sausages.

vegan cowboy pie

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with steamed or stir-fried green vegetables. Such as sliced Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, garden peas, sugar-snap peas, etc.
  •  corn-on-the-cobs on the side is a yummy addition.
  • Serve with slices of wholemeal bread or seeded bread.
  • Serve with a scoop of cowboy salad! For the cowboy salad recipe my kids prefer it without the dressing, so I just leave it off and chill the salad before serving as a side. Also I don’t bother with trying to include different coloured apples and peppers instead I just use what I have in.
  • My son loves a big dollop of tomato ketchup on the side of Vegan Cowboy Pie.
  • The link for an easy recipe for mashed potatoes if needed.

Quick Note:

If you don’t have fresh onion and garlic sub them out for the dried variety. Just add a tbsp of each dried to the baked beans, and mix well.

Vegan Cowboy Pie!

vegan cowboy pie

Looking for a family friendly pudding to enjoy after your Cowboy Pie? Why not try some Chocolate concrete cake or school dinners jam and coconut sponge.

Or a delicious Banana Tea Bread over on the page.

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Vegan school dinners chocolate concrete cake
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Vegan school dinners jam and coconut sponge

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