This Hillbilly Hamburger Casserole is simple, tasty and filling! It was also a complete accident.
Easy Ground Beef Casserole
Have you ever completely messed up a recipe only to find that it is actually better than intended? Well, accidents happen and sometimes they can lead to great things! This hamburger casserole is the result of me trying to make a Mexican taco casserole and grabbing the ranch seasoning instead of taco seasoning. Whoops!
But guess what, the result was amazing! Sometimes recipe mistakes can end up being the best thing that has happened to our family dinner in a long time. So other than ranch seasoning, what is so great about this casserole?
Let’s start with the fact that it only requires 5 ingredients. That’s right, an entire meal with just 5 ingredients! That is any busy chef’s dream and this busy mom’s savior. Any recipe that does not involve dicing ten kinds of vegetables or 5 different sized bowls is a winner in my books.
5 ingredients, one skillet, one casserole dish and that’s it! Okay, you do have to dice one onion but if you’re feeling super lazy or rushed, many grocery stores sell pre chopped onions (crazy I know).
So besides tasting amazing and featuring minimal ingredients, the pure fact that this recipe makes a casserole is something to love. Casseroles are just a great category of food as they make really tasty meals for the whole family and they bake in the oven giving you time to take care of a few things around the house while dinner is cooking. No slaving over a hot stove for hours, you can throw the casserole together, put it in the oven and walk away. So for busy nights, a casserole if the way to go!
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Cooking Simple Ground Beef Casserole
Okay so now you know a few reasons why this recipe is definitely worth a try, so where to begin? It all starts with cooking the ground beef in a skillet. Easy enough!
Also, feel free to use ground chicken or ground turkey in place of the beef, they will all work well and be delicious. Using ground chicken and turkey is also a great way to make this recipe a little more lean and cut back on some calories associated with ground beef. But hey, sometimes, red meat is the way to go (and sometimes it’s all I have in the house!).
Once the beef has browned, you will add a diced onion and the ranch seasoning (back to where the magic of this recipe all began…). A quick stir to mix all that ranch goodness into the meat and then it’s off to the pan! Frozen tater tots, the ground beef mix and shredded cheddar cheese are then layered in a casserole dish or baking pan and into the oven it goes! And off you go too- dinner is on the way and you can take a few minutes to relax.
Easy Casseroles with Ground Beef
After a quick 30 minutes in the oven, the whole family will be ready to eat your casserole creation. And who wouldn’t be excited to eat this?! Cheese, tater tots, ground beef and ranch flavors? It’s like an amazing, mouth watering, hillbilly invention! Easy, fast, so tasty and something new to serve your family- a total win all around. So get a big fork and dig in. This hamburger casserole is bound to be a hit in your household too.
The whole thing started off as one recipe, but I accidentally grabbed the ranch seasoning instead of taco seasoning. Whoops. Thankfully, accidents sometimes turn out to be our newest family favorites. Honestly though, any recipe that requires only 5 ingredients and one pan is a new family favorite in our book. This comfort food casserole is no exception.
Why I like Casseroles
I always like making casseroles because it accomplishes two goals! Makes a really great tasty meal for the whole family and most importantly, while the casserole is baking in the oven, it gives me extra time to take care of a few things around the house! Anytime I get some extra time in my night is a big win!
Just remember not to forget about your delicious ground beef casserole. You only have 25 to 30 minutes of free extra time while its baking!
Hope you Enjoy! =)
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Ground Beef Casserole Recipe Requirements
Hamburger Casserole Recipe Ingredients
- Frozen Tater Tots
- Ground Beef (Chicken or Turkey also works)
- Yellow Onion
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Ranch Seasoning
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- 1 bag of frozen tater tots
- 1½ lb. ground beef (chicken or turkey works!)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 450(F) degrees and prepare 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Brown meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the meat is fully cooked, add in seasonings and chopped onion.
- Place half of the tater tots, meat and cheese in prepared dish. Season with salt and pepper then add the remaining tater tots, meat and cheese.
- Season with more salt and pepper if desired, then place uncovered in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown