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5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

Dinnertime just got easier. Our 5-ingredient ground beef casserole is bursting with flavor yet requires minimal prep and cooking time. You can whip up this hearty and satisfying dish with a quick list of kitchen staples. It is budget-friendly and takes a little over an hour to make and cook.

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12, Preparation Level: Beginner +

Details About the Recipe

  • It only requires 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.
  • The casserole recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen, so you can pull it out and cook it when you’re ready. I will usually make the entire recipe, split it into two containers, and freeze one for later.
  • It’s very adaptable. You can add vegetables or use pantry ingredients, such as pasta or spaghetti sauce.
  • The recipe is a hit with picky eaters! The kids ask for it all the time.
Cheesy ground beef casserole on a spoon.

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

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

Casserole in a white dish.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Picture of cooked beef in a skillet

Start by cooking the ground beef. Drain the grease and add it to a large bowl. You’ll 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 who eat quite a bit, and we had some leftovers. I think we all had a couple of servings, too.

Picture of hamburger meat and cream of mushroom soup.

Secondly, add the cream of mushroom soup and 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 they’re so much easier to prepare 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.

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.

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. You can add diced onions, green peppers, or even different cream soups to the mix.


  • You can cook the beef ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a couple of days or put it in the freezer until you’re ready for it. It’s handy to have several bags of cooked meat to pull out of the freezer, thaw it, 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.
  • If you have a bag of hash-browned potatoes in your freezer, you can use those instead of the cubed potatoes.
  • This recipe allows you to switch out the soups. For example, you can use cream of chicken or cream of celery. I’ve had readers use con queso cheese dip instead of the cream of cheese soup.
  • You can switch out the potatoes for cauliflower for a low-carb recipe.

Other Casserole Ideas

Hamburger and cheese dinner on white plates with green beans.

What Is The Best Way To Cook The Ground Beef?

Cooking ground beef in a 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 until 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 Your Dinner

Casserole with cheese in a baking dish.

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

5-Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole

4.44 from 1974 votes
Julie Pollitt
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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 513 kcal


  • 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

  • Cook the ground beef, drain the grease, and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the can of cream of mushroom and cream of cheddar cheese soup to the bowl.
  • Add the frozen cubed potatoes to the bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese to the bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix everything together.
  • Pour into a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish and sprinkle the remainder of the shredded cheddar cheese on top. Cover with tin foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, and carefully remove the 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.
You will find tips in the post, as well as how to steps with pictures.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 27gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 445mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 7th of April 2024

I looked for a recipe exactly like this all afternoon yesterday! I never found one that pleased me, so I changed my plans for dinner, and viola! Found your recipe this morning! Definitely pinning to make very soon. Thanks so much! Debbie from Texas

Julie Pollitt

Monday 8th of April 2024

Yay! Hope you love it!

Steve V

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

I liked it a lot. Wife said it needed onion. Might try adding the Ore-Ida Potatoes O’Brien next time.

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 7th of March 2024

So glad you both liked it. Potatoes O'Brien are delicious. That would be a really good addition to the casserole!


Thursday 29th of February 2024

Me and my husband loved this recipe. I'm actually making it again today.

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 29th of February 2024

Oh, that's great to hear. I am so glad you both like it!


Tuesday 27th of February 2024

I’d love to make this but most of my house refuses to eat anything with mushrooms, any suggestions on a soup to replace cream of mushroom?

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi Linda,

I am out of mushroom soup often, so I use cream of chicken soup all the time. You can also use cream of celery, but I personally like cream of chicken. Hope that helps!


Monday 26th of February 2024

Excited to give this a try, used cubed southern style hashbrowns with onions and peppers already in them, instead of mixing in half cheese and topping with the rest I mixed all cheese in and gonna let it bake 50 min covered, then uncover and put French fried onions ontop and cook until crispy. Hopefully turns out delicious!

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

French fried onions are a great idea. Let me know how it turns out.