Easy Ground Beef Casserole with Potatoes

Ground beef casserole with potatoes

The Spruce


  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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This ground beef and potato casserole has undergone changes over the years, but it has stayed consistently easy!

Recently, I decided to partially cook the potatoes to ensure they would become tender, and I added liquid and some sour cream to the soup mixture. One user commented that she used hash brown potatoes instead of fresh potatoes. That sounds like an excellent option as well. Feel free to experiment!

What You'll Need

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef browned
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can or jar (6 to 8 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded or julienned
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, about 4 ounces (or more!)

How to Make It

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 F C/Gas 4). Lightly butter a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish.
  4. Place a large skillet or saute 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. Transfer the beef and onion mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  1. Add the diced potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the shredded carrots over the potatoes.
  2. Combine the soup, sour cream, and milk; stir to blend. Spoon the mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.
  3. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 840
    Total Fat 60 g
    Saturated Fat 32 g
    Unsaturated Fat 19 g
    Cholesterol 239 mg
    Sodium 676 mg
    Carbohydrates 22 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 52 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)