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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

Picture of cooked beef, potatoes, and cheese casserole on a white dish.

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, split it into two containers, and freeze one for later.

Cheesy ground beef casserole on a spoon.

The Best 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.

Beef, cheese, and potatoes cooked together and sitting on a white plate with some green beans.

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.

Casserole in a white dish.

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.

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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

How To Make Ground Beef Casserole

Picture of cooked beef in a skillet

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 ground beef 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 hamburger meat and cream of mushroom soup.

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

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

Creamy soups in a glass bowl with cooked meat and some 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. 

Casserole in a baking dish with potatoes and shredded cheese on top.

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

Beef casserole in a white baking dish.

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.

Hamburger and cheese dinner on white plates with green beans.

What Is Ground Beef Casserole?

Ground beef casserole is usually a combination of cheese, potatoes or rice, and meat. Most casserole recipes are easy to make, are hearty, and will feed six to eight people.

What Is The Best Way To Cook Ground Beef?

Cooking ground beef in the skillet on top of the stove is an easy and great way to make dinner. You can cook the ground beef for your meal, or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate it for when you’re ready to use it.

Can I Make This With Lean Meat?

Yes, you can make the recipe with lean ground beef or ground turkey.

What To Serve With Ground Beef Casserole

Casserole with cheese in a baking dish.

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

Check out the 5-ingredient ground beef casserole full 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. 

Beefy casserole on a black spoon with potatoes and melted cheese.

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.

Store the dinner in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

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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Pepita Mart

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

Thank you so much for sharing this. I substituted Cream of Onion for the Cream of Mushroom because, family but I think it worked just as well We really enjoyed. On my husband’s suggestion, we threw a handful of Fritos on top for a little crunch

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Hi Pepita, I am so glad to hear you all liked it. I love those ideas to add some variety to the dish. I will have to try Fritos on top next time. Yum!

Mary Morrison

Friday 26th of January 2024

I made this recipe and it was delicious. Browned hamburger with a little onion, garlic and added the frozen hashbrowns at end of cooking. Mixed up the cream of mushroom and cheddar cheese soup and some frozen mixed vegetables i cooked for a few minutes. Baked as suggested with shredded cheese and fried onions on top. Put over mashed potatoes.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Sounds wonderful with the additional ingredients. Glad you liked it!


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Can I use canned potatoes instead of frozen?

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Hi Michaela,

I haven't used canned in this recipe, but I bet it would work.


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

My husband isn't a big casserole fan and was not going to try it. Once he put the fork in the bowl, he asked for more and finished off the dish. So easy and tasty. He said to add it to our favorites list.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Hi Rhonda,

I love that! You made my day. I am so glad that he liked it!


Thursday 18th of January 2024

This was AMAZING! I used 1 lb 93% & 1 lb 85% meat, browned with a whole diced onion and 1 tbsp of garlic powder and s&p. I only had cream of chicken and cream of celery on hand so I used those and upped the cheese to 1.25 cups and made this 8 servings instead of 12 for a little heartier serving. My entire family of 6 LOVED this! Super easy, comforting weeknight meal! Will DEFINITELY make this again!

Julie Pollitt

Friday 19th of January 2024

Such great substitutions! Anytime you can add more cheese it's delicious! So glad you all loved it. :)

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