Is there anything better than a hot, delicious, satisfying casserole dish? I think not. With such a variety of recipes out there, there is something for everyone.
From pies, to enchiladas, to lasagnas, ground beef is an incredibly versatile meat.
If you feel like making something different for your next mid-week meal, keep reading below, as we take a look at some of the most delicious ground beef casserole recipes out there.
1. Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is a truly heartwarming dish that comes from England, where it is widely enjoyed today.
It consists of a delicious ground beef base that is covered with gravy. Some carrots and peas are tossed in, before being topped with some creamy, mashed potatoes.
You can even add some cheddar cheese on top too if you want an extra tanginess. This is the perfect winter dish.
We’re all familiar with the traditional tomato lasagna with bechamel sauce, but why not try a little twist on this all-time classic?
This recipe doesn’t deviate too much from the original recipe, but instead, just adds a few more ingredients to spice it up!
It is packed with lean beef, beans, salsa, and cheese.
When your family can’t agree on whether or not they want Italian or Mexican food, just whip this one up to keep everyone happy.
This one is truly delicious. Easy to prepare, tasty to eat, what’s there not to love?
Even the pickiest of eaters will adore this delicious combination of ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, and spaghetti.
If you’ve been looking for something different to try for your next family Mexican food evening (see also ‘The 39 Best Mexican Foods You Have To Try!‘), then this is your sign!
You simply have to make this one for the next potluck (see also ‘27 Seriously Tasty Breakfast Potluck Recipes‘), it is truly a crowd pleaser. With lots of potatoes, noodles, and vegetables, it’s full of all the good stuff.
With all of the carbs packed into this dish, you’re sure to leave everyone feeling super satisfied and begging you for the recipe!
It’s also a super creamy casserole dish, with lots of mushroom soup drizzled over it. Yum!
This fabulous recipe only takes a mere 5 minutes to prepare! Great for when you don’t have too much time to make an overly elaborate dish.
The ingredients work really well together to create a gorgeously spicy meal.
Packed with black beans, butternut squash, paprika, and lots of garlic, it’s full of flavor.
This is another fun recipe that is great for pleasing the kids as a Friday night treat. It combines two of our favorite things – pizza and spaghetti.
It’s really easy to prepare, and if you decide to make two batches, it freezes really well.
Full of delicious egg noodles, peppers and onions, then topped with tasty pepperoni slices, this is sure to please everyone.
This is another great one to put together when you don’t have too much time on your hands, taking under an hour to make.
It has an incredibly creamy, ground beef filling, along with some bacon, and then topped with tater tots!
The kids will love the topping on this one, and you will love the short preparation time!
Maybe you’re looking for a way to get some green veggies into your weekly dinners? If so, then this recipe is a super easy way to achieve this.
Each cabbage roll is stuffed with ground beef, then topped with a deliciously sweet and sour sauce that will leave you salivating.
Serve with some more vegetables and mashed potatoes.
Perhaps you are somebody who has recently decided to cut down your carb intake and try keto?
Maybe you’re struggling to find some recipes that aren’t packed with pasta or potatoes? If this is the case, fear not, because this dish is super keto friendly.
Ground beef, eggs, spinach and garlic, all of the good stuff you need for your diet without any deprivation.
You can even have this one as a tasty breakfast to get your protein in early in the day.
Well, we couldn’t go through our list without mentioning the iconic sloppy joe, could we?
This one is such an easy one to make, all you have to do is get a can of sloppy joe sauce and you’re pretty much good to go.
The crust is made with a tasty biscuit mix, and is cooked in the oven until it’s a delicious golden brown color.
This one is an incredibly hearty dish that is excellent to serve during the colder months and you need warming up.
The amount of beans in this dish alone will fill you up. Kidney beans, baby lima beans, and pork-n-beans, you’ll be left feeling satisfied.
This can either be cooked in a slow cooker, or in the oven if you’re in a rush.
Who doesn’t love a delicious enchilada at some point during the week?
This recipe turns those enchiladas that we all know and love into a deliciously mouthwatering casserole dish.
This recipe is a little spicy, with lots of green chillies packed inside.
It is then drowned in a delicious red sauce, and wrapped in tortilla before being chopped with a devilish amount of cheese.
Another perfect winter time dinner to try, this meaty and potatoey dinner is great for when you’re feeling chilly.
It has lots of ground beef, lots of potatoes, and lots of cheese! It’s also really creamy, with plenty of celery soup that works really well with the other ingredients.
Next time you’re planning on cooking a super hearty dish, give this one a try.
Feel like trying something new for dinner this week? Why don’t you give this vintage recipe a try?
This one is great for when you have a lot of family staying over and need something simple to make that can be cooked in large batches.
It tastes very much like Mexican food because it’s got some enchilada sauce and taco seasoning in there.
It’s also topped with some tasty chips that give it a fantastically crunchy texture.
This recipe helps you to recreate your all time favorite childhood classic – the hamburger helper.
This recipe is made using ground beef, bacon, tomato sauce, herbs, and broth. All of this is cooked together in one pot, making it a super easy dish to make.
Great for both you and the kids, it will leave everyone’s stomachs feeling nice and full.
This is another fantastic option if you’re planning on having a carb free dinner this evening.
A truly scrumptious dish that doesn’t contain any pasta or potatoes, but is still deliciously tasty.
With loads of heavy cream, garlic, and cheese, this is a truly indulgent dish that you will be dying to try again.
Baked ziti is another one of those classics that all families adore.
Maybe you are still on the search for the perfect baked ziti recipe to serve up and impress those who try it.
If that’s the case, then give this recipe a try. Delicious, gooey, moist and filling, this one is a winner for us.
If you’re a noodle or sour cream lover, you simply have to make this recipe. It has an incredibly creamy texture and a rich meat sauce that is absolutely divine.
The egg noodles make it an incredibly comforting dish that is sure to cheer you up if you’ve had a hard day.
If you’ve been searching for a Greek based ground beef casserole dish, then here you go! This one is sometimes known as the Greek version of lasagna.
What? Greek lasagna? Yes! This one is incredibly luxurious, baked with a deliciously creamy white sauce that feels truly indulgent.
It contains some added spices that give it a scrumptiously sweet taste, with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice added to the mix. Thank us later!
This dish is really the best if you’re working from a budget. All of the ingredients are super cost effective, and delicious at the same time.
It’s also a massive time saver as it doesn’t take long to prepare.
Containing both mushroom and tomato soup, it has a deliciously moist pasta filling that will leave you wanting more.
If you are someone who likes preparing an easy, no fuss lunch, but just can’t get into stuffed peppers, then give this a try instead.
This is a casserole dish that simply takes half an hour to make! The chopped up peppers make it far more digestible too if you don’t love them whole.
22. Burrito Bake
Calling all burrito fans, we’ve got the perfect casserole for you.
This is a highly economical recipe that works well when you’re looking for something easy to make.
It has all of the delicious ingredients of a burrito, including ground beef, beans, onions, bread, taco seasoning, and deliciously gooey cheese.
Another one for all of my keto friends out there, and those who are just trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.
This one uses cauliflower rice in place of regular rice, which is sure to be super forgiving on the waistline.
Don’t worry though, it’s still really tasty, with lots of delicious ground beef, spinach, and topped with cheese.
This one is great for all of those hungry children out there after a long day of school.
It is absolutely delectable, with lots of juicy, ground beef and mashed potato on top.
If you want to add something extra to it, simply place some bacon pieces on top.
If you’re not familiar with arancini rice, let me tell you all about it. It’s basically a deliciously indulgent deep fried ball of rice.
Imagine this within a casserole combined with lots of juicy ground beef and cheese. Do we need to say any more? Try this one and you’ll thank us later.
If you’re a pasta lover, I know you’ll be searching through this list to find something that incorporates pasta shells, debatably pasta in its tastiest form.
This one will leave your mouth watering.
This dish uses large pasta shells that are filled with super creamy ricotta cheese, then baked with a marinara sauce. Bellissimo!
27. Greek Pasta Bake
Another delicious and indulgent pasta based recipe, this one is great for when you’re super hungry.
It also makes fantastic cold leftovers that you can take into work the following day.
It contains both ground beef and lamb, along with onions, herbs, and sweet cinnamon.
This casserole is made in a French style with lots of stand out flavors.
It has all of the classic casserole ingredients such as ground beef and egg noodles, and is paired with some gorgeously coated onions.
It is also really creamy, with a tasty mushroom sauce added into the mix.
Ahhh… mac and cheese, a classic that we all adore. What if it was paired with some beef chili to make it even more filling?
This recipe is the answer to that question. Deliciously creamy, meaty and wholesome, this recipe is great for a Friday night dinner with the family.
30. Classic Moussaka
This is a great casserole dish for when you’re trying to get some more vegetables in your dinners, but don’t want to skip out on any of the deliciousness.
This one is a classic moussaka recipe, that has lots of layers of vegetables, along with a creamy white sauce and plenty of meat.
It goes really well with a nice fresh side salad to balance out the creamy texture.
Most of you will be familiar with the classic cheeseburger casserole, but what if you added some french fries into the mix too.
This casserole has all of the elements that you adore from a tasty beef burger. Pickles, ground beef, cheese, and fries!
A great new addition to a classic casserole.
This is a casserole that has been adored in southeastern Arizona for many years, and having been served for generations, has undergone many different variations.
If you feel like tasting a part of history, try this dish. It has beans, taco seasoning, chillies, tomatoes and tortilla chips. Absolutely scrumptious!
Why only have one kind of meat in a casserole dish when you can have two? Especially when they both work so well together in terms of flavor.
This dish is great for when you have lots of unwanted leftovers that need to be used.
Packed with meats and vegetables, it’s an innovative way of sprucing up those left over food items.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Make Ground Beef Even Tastier?
If you want to spruce up your regular old ground beef, then there are a few things that you can do.
Ground beef works really well with plenty of chopped up, fresh herbs. You can also add in some breadcrumbs to your ground beef to give it more texture.
Unlike other meats where you seasoning normally needs to be placed on the surface and massaged in, ground beef is a great opportunity for you to directly mix in other ingredients to create some delicious combinations.
How Do You Bake Ground Beef In The Oven?
If you want to cook your ground beef in the oven, then we recommend setting the temperature at 450 degrees.
Place it on the bottom rack so that it cooks evenly and slowly for about 30 to 60 minutes in total.
You need to make sure that all of the water has evaporated from the meat. After you have removed it from the oven, give it some time to cool.
What Spices Go Well With Ground Beef?
The answer to this question is pretty much everything! There are lots and lots of spices that work really well with ground beef. Some of the best are:
- Red pepper flakes
- Curry powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Mustard powder
- Chili seasoning
Do You Need To Wash Ground Beef Before Cooking?
This is a good question, and the simple answer is no.
You shouldn’t wash any kind of raw poultry before cooking because this can spread bacteria. This is also the case for lamb, pork and veal.
Do I Need To Add Oil To My Ground Beef Before Cooking?
This is up to you really. You don’t have to add oil by any means, but it does help the meat to brown better.
Before you put the meat in your casserole dish, brown in it a pan with a few tablespoons of oil. Break down the large chunks into small pieces.
There are so many delicious ways to use ground beef in a casserole dish. From lasagna, to Mexican food, to pies, there is really something for everyone.
Take a look through our list and try something different for your next family meal. Who knows, some might become a staple of your weekly dinners!