How many times have you come around to the dinner table only to want something comforting, warm, and complete in a single casserole dish? Welcome to the world of casserole cravings. We have the recipes you need to meet these with these ground beef casserole recipes as part of our weekly recipe roundup.
Save yourself some trouble on meal prep by having a handful of these casserole recipes bookmarked on your browser. Then, as you try to find the right recipe for using your ground beef, you’ll have exactly what you’re looking for with these 27 recipes.
1. Zesty Italian Casserole
The Zesty Italian Casserole goes old school with pizza flavors baked into a dish fit for a feasting table full. Yet with fewer than 10 ingredients, you won’t have to do a lot to bake this fabulous feast right up. A ready-made crescent roll dough steals the show as the topper of this mozzarella cheese-based dish.
Using ground Italian sausage is a different take on the hamburger for those who are tried and true beef eaters. However, the ground meat has a unique flavor that is required here.
2. Cowboy Casserole
Perfect for Game Day or the tailgating festivities, this casserole is both meaty and crunchy. The Cowboy Casserole everyone wants is right here! Corn tortilla chips are the surprise factor in this casserole; you won’t find a lot of casseroles with chips. However, the use of everything you find in a seven-layer dip–sliced olives, sour cream, and black beans–is here.
By using a lot of staples in cans, you save time and money with the Cowboy Casserole, too. Grab another bag of chips to use for the dippers when eating family-style.
3. Texas Cowboy Cheesy Beef Casserole
Another cowboy hit is the Texas Cowboy Cheesy Beef Casserole. Fit for a family feast, this casserole is straight up Tex-Mex flavors. Biscuits are used for the topper, giving this creamy meal a lot more run for its money.
There is also a special cream cheese topping that uses mayonnaise and softened cream cheese for a cheddar cheese cream base. All baked together, this is a lot of casserole for a single meal. Expect leftovers, which, fortunately, will freeze well with this casserole.
4. Potluck Taco Casserole
If you love Taco Tuesday but crave a casserole, combine the two for this Potluck Taco Casserole. Everything you get in a taco comes fully loaded with this casserole, with the addition of Bisquick baking mix to form a topping. The biscuit mix is poured on rather wet in order to bake in and around the ground meat of the taco casserole.
By serving topping options on the side, you create an instant sensation. Say hello to the new Taco Bar!
5. Cornbread Taco Bake
The use of cornbread muffin mix for the topper on the Cornbread Taco Bake makes this Tex-Mex style meal a true crowd pleaser. Whole kernel corn and the cornbread combined add a rich corn flavor that is noticeable. French fried onions are another unexpected delight here.
These crunchy little tidbits of onion punch through the creamy cheese, tomato, and beef mixture. Adding a few fried onion pieces to the top of the cornbread casserole continues to amplify the salty crunch factor.
6. Hash Brown Beef Casserole
Published by The Spruce Eats, the Hash Brown Beef Casserole depends on the crispy texture of frozen then fried hash browns for the topper. Here, instead of just ground beef, you could also use cooked pot roast—your choice for the beef. Creaminess comes from the use of cream of mushroom soup, a cup of sour cream, and half a cup of milk.
Using whole dairy will increase the richness, and saturated fat, of this casserole.
7. Sour Cream Noodle Bake
This Pioneer Woman hamburger casserole recipe is called the Sour Cream Noodle bake. The protein is a ground chuck as a particular cut of ground beef. Similar to a Stroganoff, this hamburger casserole uses egg noodles for the pasta that holds the sauce together.
Small curd cottage cheese amps up the protein, and when combined with tomato sauce, this creates a whole new flavor profile. Instead of a creamy white sauce, you get a rich red sauce full of cheddar cheese and sour cream.
8. Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack
The Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack is a healthier take on a ground beef casserole recipe. Starting with a cooked sweet potato, the ground beef is flavored with chili powder and enchilada sauce. You get that Mexican flavor along with a fiber-rich meal that is great for Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
You could also use pumpkin puree instead of sweet potato for an even more authentic October-inspired casserole. By the way, this is another casserole on the list that showcases flour or corn tortillas for the carbohydrate or topper in the dish.
9. Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole
Starting with a base of ground beef, the Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole recipe hits a lot of Mexican flavors. This is considered a five-star ground beef casserole recipe that is a sure hit if you like spicy foods. You’ve got green bell pepper with onions and garlic, plus a can of green chilies and red enchilada sauce.
The use of corn tortillas torn into strips and mixed in with the cream of mushroom soup mix adds texture and flavor. Plus, it’s a great way to use up some leftover corn tortillas that are torn and can’t be used for tacos.
10. Ethiopian Beef Casserole (Tibs)
Those of you interested in something from another culture should try the Ethiopian Beef Casserole (Tibs is the name of this dish in Ethiopia) presented by The Foody Girl. The recipe calls for using braised steak cut into small cubes rather than ground beef. In addition, you use a traditional Berbere spice, along with fresh ginger and rosemary for the aromatics.
The recipe suggests serving this as a multi-course meal with a lentil stew (Misir Wot in Ethiopian), collard greens, and a tomato salad (Timatim in Ethiopian). The combination of these dishes is a traditional Ethiopian feast.
11. Air-Fryer Cowboy Casserole
Got an air fryer? Now you have a new recipe that involves little prep work and a whole lot of flair. Also known as a tater tot hot dish, the Air-Fryer Cowboy Casserole is a very Midwestern meal.
Using 90 percent lean ground beef minimizes fat that is also avoided thanks to the air fryer. However, you make up for the missing fat flavor with sour cream, onion powder, and cream of chicken soup. The entire casserole is topped with tater tots and cheddar cheese for the finishing touches.
The air fryer crisps up the tater tots and reduces the amount of grease that goes into this traditional American casserole.
12. Mexican Ground Beef Casserole
Canned foods come in handy with the Mexican Ground Beef Casserole. Canned Rotel tomatoes with chilis along with canned tomatoes with jalapeños and canned sweet corn seal the deal here. The cornbread stuffing mix is an interesting touch to the carbohydrates that bind this casserole together.
Cumin, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce are there to boost the heat from the canned tomatoes with peppers. Here you can go hog wild by adding as much hot sauce as you prefer.
13. Beefy Eggplant Parmigiana
Taste of Home presents an exotic flair to the standard ground beef casserole recipe. Here you have the Beefy Eggplant Parmigiana that goes with Italian flavor combinations. An award winning recipe, this more complex list of ingredients includes celery, Italian stewed tomatoes, buttermilk, and eggplant plus ground beef.
Using mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses adds a salty chew to this meaty and plant-heavy dish. If you are searching for a great date night recipe to impress someone while filling their stomach, this is a go-to meal. The sheet pan style serving tray allows you to freeze extra helpings for reheating later in the week or month.
14. Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Combining the classic comfort hits of Sloppy Joe beef sandwiches with macaroni and cheese to get this Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole. Dry mustard and yellow mustard are key to making the Sloppy Joe mix. Elbow macaroni noodles are the mainstay for the macaroni and cheese part of this meal.
You also make a rue of more dry mustard, flour and shredded sharp cheddar cheese for the sauce. Toppers are breadcrumbs, which give a crunchy texture while the lean ground beef bulks up the macaroni in a great way. A real crowd pleaser, this recipe from The Spruce Eats may have a lot of ingredients but they are worth it.
15. Fold-Over Tortilla Bake
The Fold-Over Tortilla Bake works well for fast dinner, even if you only have a pack of tortillas for carbs. With the Fold-Over Tortilla Bake, you take ground beef and enchilada sauce, along with cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. The Mexican infused casserole uses the warmed tortillas filled with cheese and folded gently as a filler.
Change up casserole night and try something different from enchiladas with this fun meal.
16. World Famous Hamburger Casserole
The trick with the World Famous Hamburger Casserole is a jar of affordable Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce. Combine this with two cups of grated cheddar cheese and a can of cut green beans plus one pound of ground beef and you have an easily enjoyable late-night feast. Fit for a potluck or a family gathering, this casserole uses a simple sauce that can be elevated with the use of spices including red pepper chili flakes.
However, with a name like “World Famous Hamburger Casserole,” you have to throw this easy recipe together at least once!
17. Beef ’n’ Biscuit Casserole
The Almanac presents a hit for American families—the Beef ’n’ Biscuit Casserole. As sourced from Yankee Magazine Church Suppers and Potluck Dinners Cookbook, this standout crowd pleaser is a heavy hitter in the ground beef casserole department. Using canned buttermilk biscuits for the base as well as the topper is the way to go here.
Splitting the biscuits before baking sounds brave, but as the recipe shows, it only takes 30 minutes to achieve bubbling food goodness.
18. Frito Pie
The Southern Living Magazine’s version of the Frito Pie has to be the most authentic one we have available. The already fun Frito corn chip gets an upgrade with the use of ground beef transformed into chili and topped with cheddar cheese. If you want to go healthier, you can add lettuce, scallions, and fresh tomatoes to the top of a baked Frito Pie when serving.
A simple dinner that’s another tailgater favorite in the South, the Frito Pie, also known as the Walking Taco, is true country food.
19. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
As found on Paula Deen’s list of recipes, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a family supper favorite. A great mid-week meal, the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are baked in tomato sauce for a great contrasting red and green dish. Ground beef is combined with ground pork for added sweetness and spice.
Bacon is also mixed into the egg-based mixture that is rolled up into cabbage. Sneaking in the cabbage along with rice gives this meaty casserole more fiber and nutrients. It is a perfect casserole for the holiday season when cabbage is best harvested in the cold temperatures.
You get the added nutrients and crunchy flavor of well grown cabbage.
20. John Wayne Casserole (Beef and Biscuit Casserole)
The John Wayne Casserole, otherwise known as the Beef and Biscuit Casserole, gets to the heart of Texas. You have canned green chilis combined with green bell pepper and taco seasoning. Then, from here, the ground beef is topped with Bisquick biscuit mix for the creamy, crunchy biscuit we all know and love.
If you don’t have Bisquick biscuit mix, there are plenty of recipe substitutions for making your own combining all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt, and cutting in butter or lard.
21. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
If you are done rolling stuffed cabbage rolls, try the Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe by Cooking Classy. Turn the traditional European fare of stuffed cabbage rolls into a more modern version with this Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls and ground beef casserole. A quick casserole, this dish takes 35 minutes, and is less time-consuming to prep, since you aren’t rolling any cabbage leaves.
Some secret flavors in this recipe include marjoram, thyme, and red wine vinegar. You also toss in some onions, garlic, and tomatoes for a healthier ground beef casserole recipe.
22. Classic Lasagna
The Prego brand Classic Lasagna recipe is super simple and takes only an hour, including cooking time. The recipe only has seven ingredients, too, and Prego reports a total cost of less than $20. That’s a huge improvement on the standard Italian lasagna recipe with more than seven spices alone.
Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses go into this hardy casserole meal. Ground beef and eggs are used to bulk up the filling, which is tucked between standard sheet lasagna noodles. You choose whether you want to go with the Prego Traditional Italian Sauce or Prego Three Cheese Italian Sauce—an easy way to change what could be a great go-to weekend lasagna casserole recipe for your family!
23. Taco Rice Casserole
The Taco Rice Casserole recipe by Riceland Long Grain Rice brand uses this whole grain for the base of the dish. From there, the use of ground beef and black beans creates a protein-rich meal. Taco seasoning and cheddar cheese keep this more of a Tex-Mex affair.
By using two pounds of meat and two cups of cheese, you easily have more than enough food for a weeknight meal. Consider baking and freezing individual portions so you can reheat this flavorful casserole at any time.
24. Keto Ground Beef Casserole
The strangest toppers to be included in a ground beef casserole so far on this list goes to the Keto Ground Beef Casserole. Hang on to your forks, folks, you’ll be adding dill pickles sliced in coin shapes on top of this before baking. The use of horseradish mustard and Worcestershire sauce also comes into play here for some strong flavor combinations.
However, thanks to the cream cheese and heavy cream, you won’t miss any bread or carbohydrates used for a topper. Bacon crumbled up on top seals the deal for me on this one!
25. Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
This Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice recipe hits all the marks for comfort food in a casserole dish. The addition of frozen peas is a stand out on this list of recipes. Also, the recipe calls for the option of low fat ground beef and fat-free sour cream, which helps reduce the caloric intake of the dish.
Spices are simple—oregano with salt and pepper along with garlic and onions. A true blue casserole, rice rounds out the carbohydrate factor for a full meal. You can easily see feeding this to a family of all ages and getting a round of applause for your troubles.
26. Asian-Style Beef Casserole
The use of coconut cream, tamarind paste, and fish sauce in the Asian-Style Beef Casserole will transport you to a tropical paradise. Flavor-wise, this dish is completely different from all of the other beef casserole dishes on this list. Chuck steak is diced for a homemade ground beef, and then shiitake mushrooms are added for a more meaty base.
Thai fish sauce, turmeric, cumin, and fresh ginger amp up the flavor profile even more. Served over rice or with flatbreads, this is quite the tasty casserole when you are ready for something not so Tex-Mex.
27. Vegan Meat and Potato Casserole
We can’t leave out the vegans, and this Vegan Meat and Potato Casserole really looks like the real thing. This is also a cheese-free recipe that meets, no pun intended, the flavor profile of Yukon potatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, and Lightlife Gimmelean Veggie Beef. Similar to any ground beef casserole, the Vegan Meat and Potato Casserole takes less than 30 minutes to bake and bring to the table.
Upgrade your weekly ground beef casserole menu to include this vegan version—and see if your family even notices.