30 Ground Beef Casserole Recipes To Bake for Hearty Family Dinners

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Photo: Southern Living

Need to put a filling dinner on the table, but don't have a lot of time to fuss? We're here for you, but more importantly, so is ground beef. We've collected some of our favorite, easy ground beef casseroles that will make weeknight meals a delicious breeze. Beckon your family to the table with the promise of piping hot and delightfully casual ground beef casserole combinations with noodles, cheese, and colorful vegetables.

With more than 30 recipes to choose from, if you're looking for beef casserole ideas, you've come to the right place. We're always searching for new, nourishing ground beef casserole recipes that are just as easy as anything that comes out of a box, but infinitely more delicious. These don't disappoint. We love the hearty ground beef base of our Shepherd's Pie, the spice and zest of our Texas-Style Beef Enchilada Casserole, and the simple cheesy goodness of our Greek Baked Ziti. Try a twist on an old favorite, like our Cheeseburger Casserole, or something entirely new, like our Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake. No matter what your ground beef casserole style is, we've got you covered.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls

Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls

Crowned with toasty King Hawaiian rolls, this Sloppy Joe Casserole is unlike anything you've had before. Not only does it look great, but it's remarkably easy to throw together. Add a bit of yellow mustard and dill pickle relish in the filling to drive home this supper's sweet and savory flavors.

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Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole
Photography: Alison Miksch, Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland, Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Recipe: Cheeseburger Casserole

Skip the drive-thru burgers in favor of this cheesy, tater-topped casserole. Sprinkled with thick-cut bacon bits, this meaty dinner will be a hit served with a nice green salad.

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Cottage Pie with Potato Crust

Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Potato Crust Image
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe: Cottage Pie with Potato Crust

Chock full of mushrooms, peas, and beef and topped with mashed potatoes, this Cottage Pie is a complete meal in one dish. Savory and flavorful, each bite oozes toasty warm, homemade sentiment, but little will everyone know: pre-made mashed potatoes is the secret to this quick and easy meal.

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Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Beefy Nacho Casserole

Shepherd's pie gets a Tex-Mex twist in this whimsical recipe, where tortilla chips replace mashed potatoes and the ground beef is well-spiced. Loaded with protein and cheese, who says nachos can't be a proper meal?

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Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Transform that package of ravioli into a decadent pasta bake, complete with fresh spinach and beef. Mix and match just about every ingredient to reflect your pantry. For example, this recipe calls for four-cheese ravioli, but feel free to substitute for your favorite filled pasta.

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Shepherd's Pie with Potato Crust

Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie with Potato Crust

In our version of a Shepherd's Pie, we use scalloped potatoes for the crust rather than mashed ones. For the filling, lean ground chuck is perfect, while red wine will add flavors that are rich and bold. Our Shepherd's Pie also has a dash of Worcestershire Sauce, as well as a hearty measure of English peas.

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Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Meatloaf Casserole

A cross between two classic beef dishes, meatloaf and Shepherd's Pie, this casserole will be a welcome addition to your weeknight repertoire. To build indulgent Southern charm into this dish, the meat is seasoned with Worcestershire and tomato, all topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

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Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti

Inspired by the classic Greek comfort dish known as pastitsio, this pasta casserole uses fresh and flavorful ingredients, which give it a lovely, refreshing quality. It's hearty and filling, but the flavors of oregano and garlic add a lilting lightness to the Mediterranean-inspired dish.

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Cheeseburger Pie

Cheeseburger Pie
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cheeseburger Pie

Channel the spirit of summer cookouts with this playful Cheeseburger Pie. It's layered with beef filling, American cheese, and a stunning lattice crust to make this an entree-worthy pie.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole

Nobody can resist a saucy, savory sloppy joe, but you're bound to leave a sloppy joe meal with at least one article of clothing stained. Luckily, we have the perfect solution. This mess-free Sloppy Joe Casserole transforms all those beloved beef flavors into an easy-to-eat casserole.

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Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake

This 5-ingredient casserole features convenient, frozen hash brown potatoes, a can of sloppy joe sauce, and can of chili. This recipe takes those simple ingredients and turns them into a delicious bake with the ultimate quick-fix supper hack: These are baked in individual ramekins, allowing your family to just eat grab-and-go style.

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Quick Beef Chili

Quick Beef Chili
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Quick Beef Chili

Sometimes, you just need a taste of home, and this classic beef chili will do the trick. This dish comes together in just under an hour, making it an easy, comforting weeknight dinner, best enjoyed topped with green onions, cheese, and sour cream.

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Hamburger Stew

Hamburger Stew
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Kay E. Clarke; Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey

Recipe: Hamburger Stew

This healthy and hearty stew is the new, refreshing way to use ground beef that your family will rave about. Don't skip the hamburger bun croutons to truly bring that summer barbecue flavor to your dinner table.

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Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust

Ground Beef Recipes: Tomato ’n’ Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust

A flavorful cornmeal-based crust is topped with hearty ground beef, tomato paste, and sharp cheddar cheese in this easy Italian casserole. With only eleven ingredients, this recipe is quite easy to prepare, and it also only calls for 30 minutes in the oven. That's plenty of time to catch up with your family and enjoy the Italian-inspired scents drifting through your kitchen.

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Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

You had us at "make ahead," but "beefy" and "lasagna" don't hurt either. This is going to be your kitchen hero on those weeknights when the kids are demanding dinner and you can practically hear the stomachs rumbling from the living room. This recipe calls for a container of refrigerated pesto, which we love, because it adds a wonderful distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months, so you'll always have a back-up plan ready to be thawed at any moment.

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Taco Pie

Taco Pie
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Taco Pie

Taco 'bout a serious upgrade to your next Taco Tuesday. With all your favorite fixings and garnished with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and a squeeze of lime juice, this eccentric ground beef pie is a great dish to feed a family.

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Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up

Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up

A creamy cornmeal topping calls on classic tamale flavors while a beef-and-veggies mixture pays homage to weeknight tacos. With just one pan, this casserole offers the best of both worlds.

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Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake

You'll never guess the secret ingredients in this delicious casserole: orange juice and fennel. With these two ingredients to give this quick supper bright, fresh flavor, this meatball bake is anything but textbook, though your kids will be rushing home from school once they hear that this casserole is in the oven.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

With a base of egg noodles and four different kinds of cheese mixed in, this hearty casserole will easily feed a hungry family. If it's not all gobbled up in one supper, this dish freezes well and makes for delicious leftovers.

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Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Cowboy Casserole

Underneath a golden brown layer of tater tots, a scramble of beans, chiles, and lots of creamy Southwestern flavors await. We know the whole family will be eager to dig in when they hear it's Cowboy Casserole Night, but hold your horses and allow this dish some time to cool before giddying up to the dinner table.

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Easy Taco Casserole

Easy Taco Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Easy Taco Casserole

Tortillas at the ready, this dinner only takes 30 minutes and is customizable to suit the whole family's tastes. Serve the toppings on the side so that everyone at the table can create their own concoction with beefy, cheesy casserole and taco fixings to their liking.

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Doritos Casserole

Dorito Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Doritos Casserole

Don't knock this chip-based recipe before you try it. After all, Doritos are just seasoned tortilla chips. Combined with cheese, chiles, ground beef, and taco seasoning, the flavorful snack-time favorites will prove that they deserve a spot on the dinner table.

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Homemade Baked Lasagna

Homemade Baked Lasagna
Southern Living

Recipe: Homemade Baked Lasagna

You can't go wrong with the classics. Every Southerner should have a go-to lasagna recipe, and this version is packed to the brim with ground beef and four types of cheese: ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and cottage cheese.

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Beef Tamale Pie

Beef Tamale Pie
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Beef Tamale Pie

Under a corn muffin cover laden with jalapeño slices, a cheesy beef and veggies medley is hidden within a cast iron skillet. Pop this casserole in the oven and in about 20 minutes, the epitome of comfort food will be ready for supper.

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Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese
Southern Living

Recipe: Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

Why choose between Taco Night and Mac and Cheese Night when you can have the best of both worlds? In just five ingredients, your kids will go crazy for this combo of their two favorite meals.

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Smothered Enchiladas

Smothered Enchiladas
Southern Living

Recipe: Smothered Enchiladas

Robed in a blanket of creamy, melty cheddar cheese, these simple beef enchiladas are always a crowd-pleaser. With only 10 minutes of hands-on preparations needed, this recipe gives you lots of time to whip up some salsa while it bakes.

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Extra Easy Lasagna

Extra-Easy Lasagna
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Extra Easy Lasagna

Just simmer the ground beef low and slow, layer it with noodles in a casserole dish, and pop this lasagna in the oven for easy party fare. Or, whip up this casserole for straightforward and satisfying weeknight dinner for the whole family.

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One-Pot Pasta

Ground Beef Recipes: One-Pot Pasta
Southern Living

Recipe: One-Pot Pasta

Turn that store-bought pasta and jarred sauce into a luxurious pasta bake. Cheesy, meaty, and shortcut-savvy, this recipe is some real one-pot magic.

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Texas-Style Beef Enchilada Casserole

Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole Recipe
Photo William Dickey / Styling Katherine Eckert / Food Styling Alyssa Porubcan

Recipe: Texas-Style Beef Enchilada Casserole

No need to go out to the neighborhood restaurant for enchiladas when you can whip them up just as easily in your own kitchen. In our recipe, we also include an alternate preparation in case you want to make a lightened version of your enchilada casserole.

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Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie
William Dickey

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie is a classic Southern staple, and when you see how simple it is to make this meal, you'll understand why. It is one of our favorite ground beef quick-fix dinners, and this recipe makes it even easier to get that Shepherd's Pie on the table. Begin with ground round—we think its flavor is perfect for this dish. Next, put the pie together. This potato-topped delight gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust.

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