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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 ground beef casserole in a bowl.

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:

  • Jiffy Cheeseburger Casserole is a simple and inexpensive dish to make for the whole family, and it’s always a hit around here. This is perfect for those busy weeknights.
  • Chicken and Rice Crock Pot Casserole is perfect for those busier days when you don’t have time to cook, but want the family to eat something healthy.
  • Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers is a mouthwatering delicious meal for the family. It’s one of those recipes that has simple ingredients and stays as the family favorites.
  • Tater Tot Casserole – this is another one of those easy ground beef recipes with just a handful of ingredients. The easy weeknight meal makes one of those perfect freezer meals, too.

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

Picture of cooked ground beef in a glass bowl

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 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.

For this recipe, I used cooking spray to grease the casserole dish.

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 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.

Things I Love About This Recipe

This is definitely one of our favorite ground beef casserole recipes and here are a few reasons why:

  • It’s an easy weeknight dinner, and it offers so much versatility.
  • You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it.
  • If you get your meat on sale, it’s budget-friendly.
  • Picky eaters love this recipe.

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 Ground Beef Casserole With Lean Meat?

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

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole Variations

This is a great recipe to add some variety to from time to time. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mexican-Inspired Casserole

Switch out the cream of mushroom soup for a can of diced tomatoes, and green chilies. While you’re cooking the meat, add some taco seasoning.

Top the casserole with shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips toward the end of the baking time. Sprinkle some diced green bell pepper right on top or your favorite toppings.

  • Italian-Inspired Casserole

Try a can of tomato sauce instead of the cream of mushroom. Add some Italian seasoning to the ground beef mixture and top the casserole with shredded mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs.

  • Sprinkle some fried onion rings on top of the recipe at the end of the baking time.
  • Add some green beans, peas, or a variety of canned vegetables to the dish before baking.
  • You can also add some variety with ingredients such as ground sausage or Italian sausage.

What To Serve With Ground Beef Casserole

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.

The classic comfort food is a delicious dinner and perfect for those picky eaters. You can make it any night of the week, and people will be asking for seconds.

Then, share your comments below and 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. 

Picture of ground beef casserole in a bowl.

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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Monday 2nd of October 2023

This isn't a 5 ingredient's 7.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Hi Megan,

Salt and pepper is really optional in this recipe, so that's why it is a 5-ingredient dish.


Wednesday 27th of September 2023

I made this last night and I definitely need to double it because everyone wanted seconds! Instead of cream of mushroom I added cream of celery (personal preference). I found the cheddar cheese soup and used that. I seasoned the ground beef with SPG (Salt, Pepper, Garlic blend from Sam's Club), added in frozen chopped onions, and Worcestershire sauce. I mixed everything together, used a cheddar melt shredded cheese with cream cheese, (found some great frozen cubed potatoes at Hy Vee) and sprinkled salt and pepper on top. Next time I will add corn. Thank you for sharing, YUM!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Yum! Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing all of that so we can try it that way, too.


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Yum-o. My sick husband who eats so little he is malnourished liked it and had albeit small, seconds. I added some chopped onion and mushrooms because I had them in the fridge and needed to use them. And of course sprinkled some different seasonings around like we all do. A terrific base recipe. We loved it.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

That's great to hear! I am glad that you both loved it and sounds like those are great additions!

Elizabeth Gastin

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Could I sign up for your newsletter?

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Hi Elizabeth,

You can! You will need to go to my homepage and scroll down. There will be a pop-up and you sign up for it there. So glad you're joining the newsletter!

V Rice

Saturday 19th of August 2023

I make this often during the week but instead of cheese soup I use one cup of softened cream cheese and extra shredded cheddar cheese on top. I also add a can of french style green beans to the mix for flavor.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 21st of August 2023

Sounds fantastic! I will have to try that. Thanks for the tips!

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