Classic Hungry Jack Casserole

Hungry Jack casserole on a plate with biscuit

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 1 casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
794 Calories
35g Fat
83g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 794
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1503mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 460mg 35%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 799mg 17%
*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.)

Ground beef is such a versatile item to have in the fridge or freezer, and there are myriad ways to work with it for a dinner that's sure to please everyone, and come together quickly, too. This mixture of beef and beans is well-seasoned and makes a delicious everyday family casserole dinner.

Typically, this dish gets its name from the pancake and biscuit mix of the same brand name, but we've skipped with the mixing of dough and gone straight for a roll of refrigerated biscuits. (Feel free to make your own, however, if you like). With a pre-made biscuit topping, this Hungry Jack casserole is a complete meal in one dish.

This recipe makes for a great weeknight meal, one that feels especially satisfying to eat in the winter. To add a layer of savory flavor, we cook about 1/2 cup of chopped onion with the ground beef and then add a little onion powder. Add coleslaw, green salad, or steamed broccoli for a tasty family dinner any night of the week. 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef, at least 85 percent lean

  • 1 (16-ounce) can pork and beans

  • 3/4 cup thick barbecue sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried onion, minced

  • 1 can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, 10 biscuits total

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  2. In a skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, brown the ground beef; drain well. Stir in pork and beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and minced onion; heat until bubbly.

  3. Pour the beef and bean mixture into a 2- to 2 1/2-quart casserole.

  4. Cut each refrigerated biscuit in half to form 20 half circles. Place the half circles cut side down around edge of casserole and sprinkle shredded cheese over the top.

  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown.

Recipe Variations

  • Make homemade biscuit dough for the recipe. Cut in standard circles and then cut them in half and proceed with the recipe.
  • Replace the shredded cheddar cheese with a Mexican blend, a cheddar jack blend, or pepper jack cheese.
  • Use ground turkey, pork, or chicken instead, or a combination of various ground meats instead of just beef.

How to Store and Freeze Hungry Jack Casserole

  • This casserole will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days as long as it's covered. Reheat in the oven, tented with foil, at 350 F until hot all the way through and the biscuits are warm.
  • You can also freeze this casserole for up to 6 months and cook it from frozen at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes until completely hot.

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