Milk Can Dinner (In Your Crockpot)

Posted March 16, 2018 by Prairie Wife - 5 comments

A Milk Can Dinner is something that I had never heard of until I moved to Wyoming.

Long story short, it’s a meal cooked in a large metal milk can over a fire. It’s often used as a way to feed a large amount of people at one time. In Wyoming, it’s most often seen at brandings or neighborhood get-togethers. I guess you could say it’s a Western version of a crawfish boil!

The recipes for this dish are many and varied, and often held close to the vest and passed down from mother to daughter and so on. This version is one I came up with on my own. I  combined my favorite flavors from milk can dinners of the past and threw them into a crock pot to create this family favorite. I love that it only takes a few minutes to prepare! I’ve had to edit the amount of food over the years to handle my family’s growing appetite, so keep in mind you can easily halve this for a smaller crew or double it for a hungry herd 😉

Milk Can Dinner
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 4-8 hours Serves: 8 servings (but we never have many leftovers with my family of 7)


32oz Chicken Broth
2 Cans of Corn or 1lb Frozen Corn
3 cloves of Garlic
1/2 Large Onion Chopped
2lb Smoked Beef Sausage (I prefer Hillshire Farms brand)
6 Med Potatoes Chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Mince Garlic.
  2. Chop potatoes, onion and sausage into large pieces.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in your Crockpot, and set cook time.
  4. Serve it in a bowl while it’s hot!

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5 thoughts on "Milk Can Dinner (In Your Crockpot)"

  1. Wow… This recipe is so simple and easy to make and I hope this will also very yummy. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I think you’ll love it!

  2. Kirkisking says:

    First time I heard of a mmilk can dinner or had one was when i moved to Wyoming by way of Air Force and started hanging with the locals. An awesome hearty meal is what I remember. Now I;m trying to duplicate it here on the east coast. Looking for a milk can but ill try the crockpot instead or maybe the pressure cooker….we’ll see.

    1. Juanita Gervasio says:

      Insta-pot makes a great milk can dinner! Just don’t over cook.

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