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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 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.

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.

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.

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 29th of May 2023

Good casserole, however, next time will not add salt as the soups are very salty.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Yes, some of the soups can be salty. Glad you liked the casserole!


Saturday 20th of May 2023

I use queso cheese for a bit of zest, instead of the cheddar soup and added corn. My family loves it.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 20th of May 2023

Oh yum, that sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

Thanks for recipe! As always I tweeked it which is a habit of mine! Lol So cheddar soup wasn't available at the store I was at so I used Velveeta melted into milk to make a cheesy liquid soup instead(used microwave for this). Before browning ground beef I sautéed finely chopped (frozen)bell peppers and onion mixture. I used cream of mushroom still but two cans. And i used shredded hashbrowns as suggested. Sprinkled in a little garlic powder to full mixture. Put in dish and topped we mexican blend cheese since I think it's more mild. Chopped 5 pieces of bacon and cooked it crisp and topped after casserole was out of oven. Family loved it! My husband had thirds!!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

I love the tweaks that you made! It all sounds wonderful and I am so glad you shared so we can try it, too!


Monday 17th of April 2023

You can add some frozen corn, peas and carrots or other frozen vegetables to the mix:)

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Definitely! Great additions. :)


Friday 7th of April 2023

I made but I used cream of chicken and herbs. I also cut up a small yellow onion and added to meat while cooking. Didn’t have can of cheese soup so I substituted with Velveeta cheese and melted it in with a little milk. Used frozen hash browns instead of cubes. Turned out awesome! Will definitely make it again.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 8th of April 2023

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing so we can all try it, too!

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