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Got Ground Beef? 10 Great Weeknight Casseroles

Bean-and-Beef Enchilada CasseroleEvery home cook knows it’s wise to have a pound of ground beef at the ready. As a dinner ingredient, it’s endlessly versatile—great for quick burgers, as the base for chili, or (drum roll, please) in a casserole. Yes, we love our ground-beef casseroles, and for good reason. Ground beef gives all sorts of casseroles a hearty, meaty goodness, whether you’re talking about Italian-style baked ziti or a creamy wild rice concoction.


We’ve picked 10 of our favorite ground beef casseroles, many of which can be made in advance and popped in the oven just before sitting down to dinner. Maybe your family will fall for the spaghetti pie that’s got all the gooey goodness of lasagne, or perhaps they’ll clamor for the bean-and-beef enchilada casserole (pictured at left). But if your loved ones prefer tater-tot casserole above all else, stand proud. We all understand it’s hard to resist those golden little potato nuggets—whether you’re eight or 80.




Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie
This spaghetti casserole actually tastes more like rich lasagna, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese. The “crust” in this pie is pasta, filled with zesty tomato sauce, ground beef, spices, and parmesan cheese.




Cheesy Wild Rice Casserole

Wild Rice Casserole with Cheese
Nutty, earthy wild rice is always a hit!  It seems somewhat exotic, but is extremely easy to work with. It only takes 20 minutes of prep time, but this combination of wild rice, mushrooms, spinach, cream cheese, and spices makes an elegant side for any main-dish meat.




Eight-Layer Casserole

Eight-Layer Casserole
Layers of pasta, ground beef, cheese, sour cream, spinach and tomato sauce? Sign us up! Your kids will agree. This “everything” casserole will be on constant dinner rotation once you’ve experience just how easy this dish can be.




Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole

Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole
Get all the flavor of your favorite beef-and-bean enchiladas in this one-dish meal. With both beef and beans, this Mexican casserole is a protein powerhouse.




Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole
Flaky refrigerated biscuits create a golden ring around this hearty sloppy-joe casserole. Only five ingredients combine to create a truly satisfying meal.




Pop-Up Pizza Casserole

Pop-up Pizza Casserole
A pizza casserole that puffs up as it bakes? This delicious dish has “kids” written all over it. Pepperoni plus ground beef make it a meat-lovers favorite, too. Don’t worry, mom, there are peppers and onions in there, too. So everyone gets their veggies… with pleasure!




Now-and-Later Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
Using jarred tomato sauce with mushrooms makes this baked ziti a snap to assemble. Fifteen minutes, in fact! Pop it in the oven for a half-hour until the cheese is all warm and melted and the flavors have blended beautifully.




Mexican Biscuit Casserole

Mexican Biscuit Casserole
This zesty casserole of ground beef, corn, and sweet peppers is seasoned with taco spices, but topped with biscuits instead of tortillas, along with a healthy portion of melted cheese.




Mini Meaty Mac-and-Cheese Casseroles

Mac-and-Cheese Meaty Casseroles
Combining two family favorites—macaroni-and-cheese and ground beef—into one casserole: genius. The combination of Gruyère and sharp cheddar cheeses gives this dish a subtle tang and a wallop of creaminess.




Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, you can’t go wrong with a classic like tater tot casserole. Six ingredients and about a half an hour are all it takes for this rich meat-and-potatoes meal to be foursquare on the table. Dig in!




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