Layered Shipwreck Casserole With Ground Beef

Browning Ground Beef for Layered Shipwreck Casserole
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
579 Calories
24g Fat
45g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 579
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 45g
Calcium 78mg 6%
*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 casserole has long been a popular family recipe, and it's a cinch to prepare and bake. As you can tell by the name, it's a "dump" type of casserole, made with layers of rice, potatoes, ground beef, and vegetables. 

Feel free to omit the potatoes and add more carrots or another vegetable, such as green beans or corn. I add a can of diced tomatoes with juice along with the tomato soup and cut the water to 3/4 cup.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef  (at least 85% lean)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 medium potatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 cup boiling water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. ​Butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Preheat the oven to 300 F/150 C/Gas 2.

  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the ground beef, stirring, until browned and no longer pink.

  4. Sprinkling each layer lightly with salt, pepper, and paprika, layer the onions, the ground beef, then the sliced potatoes, rice, carrots, and celery.

  5. Combine condensed soup with the boiling water and pour over casserole.

  6. Cover and bake for 3 hours.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

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