Ground Beef and Potato Casserole

"An old farm recipe, updated to today's fast paced life."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  • Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown ground beef.
  • Drain ground beef, if necessary.
  • Add onions and celery to same skillet and cook until soft, adding rest of spice ingredients through pepper flakes. Stir well. But in a bowl and set to the side.
  • In same skillet, melt butter (or use 1 tablespoon of leftover grease from browning ground beef). Add flour to butter, stirring for one minute over medium-high heat.
  • Gradually add milk and cook till bubbly and thickened.
  • Add cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and chili powder continue to stir until melted.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture and spread evenly on bottom of a baking dish.
  • Add 1 layer of potatoes.
  • Alternate ground beef mixture, then potatoes until completely used.
  • Pour cheese sauce over ground beef and potato mixture.
  • Top with a pinch of paprika and grated cheese.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes and beef are bubbly and done.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Nougat
    Would ground turkey work in this?
  2. sstark44
    Does this casserole freeze well?
  3. sapayeur
    can I use canned cheddar cheese sauce in place of making a cheese sauce?
  4. Lynda G.
    What size baking dish is used for this recipe?


  1. Rita1652
    Yes, I tweaked making in a 3 quart dish. I used 4 potatoes which I sliced just before layering so no need to cover with water and chill. I browned 2 pounds of 90 percent less fat beef skipped the oil and sauteed the onions celery and garlic right in with the beef, so no need to remove. I skipped the butter and sprinkled 3 tablespoons flour right over the beef mixture. Stirred it in then added 2 cups of low fat milk and 1 cup cheese heated till thickened stirring in the spices. Now I sliced the potatoes in which I layered with the meet mixture. Quick and easy and a lot less clean up with quicker results. I do suggest covering the casserole dish with foil for 45 minutes to prevent the top from browning to quickly. At which point add the remaining cheese to melt! Comfort food! Oh my son just had to top his with ketchup and I found it pretty good. Thanks for the warmth!
  2. un petit chou
    Wow! This dish is like a combination of scalloped potatoes and shepherd's pie! It's so delicious and definitely comforting. I sauteed my meat in a deep skillet with the veggies then took it off the heat and added raw, diced mushrooms and zucchini. I didn't want to dirty more dishes so I didn't layer my casserole; instead I just spread my potatoes over my meat mixture then the cheese sauce over that. I had to bake my for 1 1/2 hours total (probably because the way I stacked ingredients). I put the skillet lid on it for the first 45 minutes. The last 20 minutes I sprinkled it with shredded cheese and fresh grated parm. This was awesome and very versatile. Will make again. Thank you!!
  3. Jonathan Melendez
    This was one of the best recipes I've had for dinner in a long time. I love ground beef, and so I'm always looking for new ways to use it. This is a keeper!
  4. tiffanywood1989
    The husband loves it, my 4 yr old refused to eat it but he hates meat for some reason and my 6 yr old she loved it. I added ranch to my beef and cheese and it turned out amazing. I didn't do pepper flakes because the kids aren't to keen on spicy. Even though my potatoes were thinly sliced some were raw-ish at the end which the hubby decided to make sure I knew lol. But overall it was very tasty!
  5. Vicki_
    Choose this dish based on my ingredients on hand and the reviews. A Big success! Loved it. I followed Rita's suggestions...then added about 1 1/2cups of frozen green beans and two handfuls of frozen corn to meat mixture. Kids lived it. Served with salad and rolls. Thanks for the post.


  1. Dreamer in Ontario
    I made this recipe using unpeeled potatoes to increase the fiber content. I also doubled the amount of onions and celery. For the sauce I replaced the butter with 1/4 cup of light Miracle Whip. I think that next time I'll try replacing the flour and butter with light cream cheese. For the cheese sauce I substituted fat reduced old cheddar and used skim milk. I thought the end result was a bit bland but DH liked it alot. The changes I made reduced the calories only slightly to 439. The fiber increased to 4.6 g or 18% and the total fat was reduced to 15.8 g. The fiber was probably a bit higher since Zaar doesn't seem to offer unpeeled potatoes as an ingredient option. Made for the 'Make it Healthier' Cooking tag game.
  2. coleen114
    What can I say? There are only two of us, and the entire pan was cleaned out by the end of the night. I had one "healthy" serving, and my hubby kept going back for more! He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy! I used ground venison in place of beef. The only option I added was celery salt in place of the regular salt and celery leaves. I also had some mirepoix (onions, celery, carrots) left in the fridge so I subbed that for the chopped onions and celery. What an easy, tasty meal.


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