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5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole is a budget-friendly and easy dinner recipe for the entire family.

The casserole recipe is pure comfort food.

An Easy Casserole For The Family

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With five ingredients, your dinner will be ready in a little more than an hour. Plus, this feeds our family of four and we still have leftovers.

5-Ingredient ground beef casserole is one of those main dishes that even the pickiest eaters will love.

This dish is a huge hit around our house and the kids ask for it all the time.

I will usually make the entire recipe and split it into two containers and freeze one for later.

The Best Ground Beef Casserole

I love easy casserole recipes and they seem to make life a little less stressful and of course, always taste delicious.

This main dish ground beef casserole only calls for five simple and inexpensive ingredients. I love budget-friendly, and I love simple.

5-ingredient ground beef casserole cooked and on a light blue plate.

Ground beef casserole with potatoes is one of those meals that is comforting, easy to make, filling, and full of ingredients that everyone loves.

With ground beef, potatoes, cheese, and soups, you can’t go wrong with this meal.

The kids are at two different schools on two different sides of town, so I spend a lot of time driving to car circles, sitting in car circles, and then driving to after school activities, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking meals.

So, anytime I can get a casserole going, it allows me to relax a little at the end of the busy day and dinner becomes an easy task.

Other casserole ideas: 

Full printable recipe with ingredients, measurements, and instructions listed at the bottom of the post on the recipe card.

What Do I Need to Make the Best Ground Beef Casserole?

  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Spatula
  • Skillet
  • 13″ x 9″ casserole dish
  • Non-stick spray
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Ground beef
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cream of cheddar cheese soup
  • Cubed potatoes (I used frozen)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tinfoil
The best ground beef casserole on a blue plate

How To Make Ground Beef Casserole

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Start by cooking the ground beef. Drain the grease and add it to a large bowl.

You’re going to need a large bowl to mix up this meal. It’s a lot and it will feed a lot of people, in fact, I have two teenage boys that eat quite a bit, and we had leftovers.

I think we all had a couple of servings, too.

You can cook the beef ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a couple of days, or stick it in the freezer until you’re ready for it.

It’s handy to have several bags of cooked meat to be able to pull out of the freezer, thaw it out, and have it ready for the casserole.

I buy my meat at the Fresh Market on sale days. They have a sale on chicken and ground beef and I always try to stock up each week.

It saves us quite a bit of money over the course of a year and, I love their ground beef.

For this recipe, I used two pounds of ground beef. But, you can use less than that, as well.

Picture of ground beef and cream of mushroom soup.

Secondly, add the cream of mushroom soup to the bowl. 

Picture of cream of cheddar cheese and mushroom soup in a bowl with ground beef.

Thirdly, add the cream of cheddar cheese soup to a bowl.

I make several dishes with the combination of the two soups and they always work great and add a ton of flavor to ground beef, chicken, tuna, or pork casseroles.

Plus, they are inexpensive and budget-friendly meals.

Picture of cubed potatoes.

Next, add the cubed potatoes to the bowl.

I used frozen cubed potatoes because it’s just so much easier than chopping up a bunch of potatoes.

You need three cups of cubed potatoes, so you can cut up some potatoes, boil them and add them to the casserole, or add the frozen ones.

The frozen potatoes come out just as delicious. You can also use hash browned potatoes if you have a bag of those in your freezer.

Picture of shredded cheddar cheese on top of a bowl of potatoes.

Pile the shredded cheddar cheese right on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and give everything a good stir. 

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Finally, pour everything into a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and spread it out. Sprinkle the remainder of the shredded cheese on top and cover with tin foil.

You’ll be baking the dish for half an hour with the tin foil and half an hour without the tin foil, so the cheese will bake on top toward the end.

Baked 5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

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This is one of the best ground beef casserole recipes out there. It’s so simple to make and costs less than 10 dollars.

You can add diced onions or green peppers if you’d like, or even add different cream soups to the mix.

Picture of ground beef casserole in a bowl.

What To Serve With Ground Beef Casserole

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

Check out the 5-ingredient ground beef casserole recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! I love ground beef casserole recipes and I think you’ll love this one, too.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your dinner on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us. 

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5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole is a budget-friendly and simple dinner for the entire family. With five ingredients, your dinner will be ready in a little more than an hour and you can get to more important things.


  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of condensed mushroom soup
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of cheddar cheese soup
  • 3 cups cubed frozen potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350-degrees

  1. Cook the ground beef, drain the grease, and add to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the can of cream of mushroom and cream of cheddar cheese soup to the bowl.
  3. Add the frozen cubed potatoes to the bowl.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese to the bowl.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix everything together.
  6. Pour into a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish and sprinkle the remainder of the shredded cheddar cheese on top. Cover with tin foil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes and carefully remove tin foil. Bake for 30 more minutes.


Nutrition information based on 2 pounds of ground beef.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 445mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Monday 26th of September 2022

All I can find is cheddar cheese condensed soup. Is this suitable for this hamburger recipe? Or does it have to be cream of cheddar soup?

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

It's condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup. I think the can says cheddar cheese, but the top might say condensed.


Thursday 15th of September 2022

I made this EXACTLY as written and it was great!! It’s one of those meals that just can’t be bad as it has beef, potatoes, and cheese. I loved how easy it was too. The frozen hash brown potatoes really make it extra simple. I will absolutely be making this again. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 15th of September 2022

That's awesome to hear! Thanks, Gabrielle!


Monday 12th of September 2022

What if u forget to boil your potatoes? Can u still cook them with the casserole or do I have to take them out 1 by 1 to boil them?😭

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Hi Shan, sorry to just now be seeing this message. You could have cooked the potatoes. You would most likely have had to cook them longer in the oven. What did you end up doing?


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Made this tonight-wish I had done more potatoes for my sake but diabetics in the house. Otherwise I just added onion and garlic! It’s good! Wayyyy better than Dolly Parton’s 5 layer casserole.

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 8th of September 2022

That's great to hear! Thanks for sharing your additions!


Friday 26th of August 2022

Can this recipe be made in advance and kept in refrigerator for cooking the next day? Thanks

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Hi Melanie,

Yes, you can make it a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. I will actually keep a couple of them in the freezer for days when I don't have a lot of time to prepare something.

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