Beef Casserole With Shredded Potato Topping

Beef Casserole with Shredded Potato Topping
Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
638 Calories
42g Fat
14g Carbs
49g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 638
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 178mg 59%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 49g
Calcium 504mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Some nights there is nothing better than a meat-and-potatoes meal, and this casserole combines both of those homey foods right into one dish. Crispy but tender shredded potatoes top a casserole of juicy ground beef bound together with a creamy cheesy sauce. It’s just the thing on a chilly evening, and a real family-pleaser. Leftovers will be fought over the next day. Make a great big green salad to go with this.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (finely minced)
  • 2 pounds ground beef 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups (one 8-ounce package) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 large Idaho all-purpose potatoes (about 3/4 pound, peeled and grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly oil a shallow 2-quart baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

  4. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes, until tender. 

  5. Add the ground beef and sauté for about 8 minutes, stirring and breaking up the meat with a spoon, until all of the beef is brown. 

  6. Turn it into a colander to drain, and return it to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the oregano, chicken broth, sour cream, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Simmer for 3 minutes, then turn the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  7. Place the shredded potatoes in a clean dishtowel and twist and squeeze over the sink to remove as much water as possible from the potatoes. 

  8. In a medium-sized bowl toss the shredded potatoes with the remaining tablespoon of oil, and season with salt and pepper. Evenly distribute the potatoes over the ground beef mixture.

  9. Bake for 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender and browned on top. Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded cheese on top of the potatoes and return the casserole to the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. 

  10. Serve hot and enjoy!

Glass Bakeware Warning

For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.


What the Kids Can Do: Measure the various ingredients. You can also suggest your kids pick an herb or spice other than oregano to change things up (think about thyme, marjoram, basil, or chili powder), spread the potatoes over the casserole, sprinkle on the cheese at the end.

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