This easy beef casserole with potatoes makes the perfect weeknight dinner and is so delicious. Making healthy dinners that are filling and simple to make is a must for family dinners.
Do you ever start cooking dinner without even knowing what you are making? I do this all the time! When my kids ask what we are having, I say, “food.” To be honest, oftentimes I don’t even know what we are having myself.
A couple of nights ago, my daughter wanted to help make dinner and before I even got into the kitchen she had stuff going. I added to the “stuff,” and before we knew it, we had a delicious cheesy beef casserole with potatoes going in the oven.
My family loved it and it was such a simple meal to make! My husband requested that I add it to our normal weeknight dinners routine.
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CHEAP DINNER IDEAS
I have a large family and feeding them healthy is important to me. With so many mouths to feed, I like to think of things that are healthy and inexpensive.
Casseroles with meat, potatoes, and vegetables typically fall into this category. I try to use potatoes, avocados, and other filling vegetables in my recipes to cut down on the amount of meat we eat.
We buy organic beef from a local farm and even though it is a little more pricy, it is worth it to me. I try to stretch it as far as I can with other healthy fillers.
This hamburger potato casserole is no exception! I was able to make a 9 by 13 pan of this casserole using only one pound of meat and it was enough to fill up my family. I call that a win because usually, we need 2 pounds per meal.
FAMILY DINNER IDEAS
This recipe is great for a large family or meal prepping. It also makes the perfect dish to bring to a friend or to your next family gathering.
While you are already cooking and have the mess out, double the recipe and freeze one pan for later. Simply cover the pan in aluminium foil and stick in the freezer. Set out to defrost 24 hours before baking and then bake like normal.
Hamburger potato casserole with vegetables is the perfect meal for the family because it will be loved by all, even the kids, and it doesn’t require much work. I love meals that I can whip up with little dishes and effort. It is even better when my family loves it!
HEALTHY HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE
WHAT YOU NEED
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Cast iron skillet or other large skillet
Potatoes- I prefer to use organic potatoes.
Onions- Peeled and Diced
Garlic- Peeled and minced
Carrots- Peeled and shredded
Corn- Frozen or canned
Cheese- We used sharp cheddar, but any will do.
Heavy Whipping Cream
Salt and Pepper
HOW TO COOK CHEESY HAMBURGER CASSEROLE
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add ground beef, onions, garlic, and carrots to a large skillet. Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are sauteed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Peel potatoes and slice into thin circles. Line the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan with half of them.
Dot the potatoes with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Pour the beef and vegetable mixture over top of the potatoes. Using a spatula spread them evenly over the pan.
Pour corn over top of the meat.
Arrange another layer of potatoes over top of the corn.
Dot the potatoes with butter and sprinkle cheese evenly overtop the casserole dish.
Pour the heavy whipping cream over top of the casserole.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
HAMBURGER CASSEROLE SUBSTITUTIONS
Sometimes I look at recipes just to get an idea and then substitute with what I have on hand in my kitchen. This is how I come up with some of my most delicious meals!
- In this recipe, if you don’t have ground beef on hand, you can use ground turkey, chicken, or pork. Any meat will work and taste great!
- If you don’t have butter, you can drizzle the potatoes with avocado oil or olive oil instead of dotting them with butter.
- The shredded carrots can be left out or substituted for a different veggie. I love to shred vegetables to casserole dishes so no one can see them, and I can sneak in one more healthy ingredient. Shredded zucchini taste delicious in this recipe too!
- You can use frozen or canned corn. If you don’t have corn, you can substitute this for peas.
- If you are dairy-free, you can leave out the cheese.
- Heavy whipping cream can be left out. However, it makes the casserole more moist and creamy. This can be substituted with half and half. For dairy-free, you can use canned coconut milk or beef broth.
- 6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1 can of corn or one bag of frozen corn
- 1-8 ounce bag shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add ground beef, onions, garlic, and carrots to a large skillet. Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are sauteed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Peel potatoes and slice into thin circles. Line the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan with half of them.
- Dot the potatoes with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Pour the beef and vegetable mixture over top of the potatoes. Using a spatula, spread evenly over the pan.
- Pour corn over top of the meat.
- Arrange another layer of potatoes over top of the corn.
- Dot the potatoes with butter and sprinkle cheese evenly overtop the casserole dish.
- Pour the heavy whipping cream over top of the casserole.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.