Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes

Ground beef casserole with potatoes

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
660 Calories
32g Fat
46g Carbs
47g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 660
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 760mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 382mg 29%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1675mg 36%
*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.)

This ground beef and potato casserole may have undergone changes over the years, but it has stayed consistently easy!


  • 3 large potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, optional

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, browned

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1 (6- to 8-ounce) can or jar sliced mushrooms, drained

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 medium carrots, shredded or julienned

  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes Ingredients
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  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch or slightly smaller dice. You should have about 5 or 6 cups. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes
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  3. Bring the potatoes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain well and set aside.

    Boiled potatoes
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  4. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Lightly butter a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish.

    Greased casserole dish, ground beef, and other ingredients
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  5. Place a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Add the ground beef and chopped onions to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently until onions are tender and the beef is no longer pink. Add the mushrooms, if using. Drain off excess fat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

    Cooking ground beef and mushrooms
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  6. Transfer the beef and onion mixture to the prepared casserole dish.

    Ground beef and mushrooms in a casserole
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  7. Add the diced potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes
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  8. Sprinkle the shredded carrots over the potatoes.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes
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  9. Combine the soup, sour cream, and milk; stir to blend. Spoon the mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes
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  10. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

    Foil-covered casserole dish
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  11. Remove the foil and sprinkle shredded cheese over top of the casserole; bake for about 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.

    Easy Ground Beef Casserole With Potatoes
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  12. Enjoy!


  • You can try partially cooking the potatoes first, to ensure they become tender, and then add some liquid and sour cream to the soup mixture.
  • Or, you can use hash brown potatoes instead of fresh potatoes, which provides a different sort of texture. Feel free to experiment!