- Easy Ground Beef Casserole Recipe
- Quick and Easy Hamburger Tater Tot Dish
- How to Make Hillbilly Hamburger Casserole
- The Best Hamburger and Potato Casserole!
- Hillbilly Hamburger Casserole
Easy Ground Beef Casserole Recipe
Have you ever completely messed up a recipe only to find out that it is actually better than intended?
Well, it happened to me. Surprisingly, this accident of mine led to a great dinner for my family.
This easy ground beef casserole is the result of me trying to make a Mexican taco casserole. So rather than grabbing the taco seasoning, I mistakenly grabbed the ranch seasoning instead.
So I served the makeshift meal that night while mentioning nothing of my “accident” with the seasonings. Consequently, the result was amazing!
Everyone was sitting around the dinner table eating and genuinely enjoying their food. Gobbling it up is probably a better word to use!
I couldn’t believe it. Finally, my picky eaters weren’t complaining while eating their dinner. Even more of a shocker….they actually complimented my cooking!!
I just watched in disbelief as the ENTIRE casserole disappeared before my eyes! It seemed almost like a miracle.
While recipe mistakes can end up going horribly wrong, this one ended up being the best thing that happened to our family in a long time. Go figure.
Quick and Easy Hamburger Tater Tot Dish
It’s really quite simple….
First of all, let’s start with the fact that this hamburger casserole with tater tots only requires 5 ingredients.
That’s right, an entire meal with just 5 ingredients! Certainly, this is any busy chef’s dream and this busy mom’s savior. Above all, any recipe that does not involve dicing ten kinds of vegetables or using many different sized bowls is a winner in my book!
So all you need to make this delicious recipe is 5 ingredients, one skillet, one casserole dish and that’s it! Alright, 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) to make your life easier.
Aside from tasting amazing and featuring minimal ingredients, the fact that this recipe makes a casserole is something to love.
Casseroles are Time Saving Meals
These one pan dishes are such a great creation because they not only make really tasty meals for the whole family but you don’t need to cook EVERY single night. As a result, you have less stress around cooking because you’re not wondering what to make for dinner that night.
Also, the 20 Minute Cheesy Pizza Casserole or the amazing Chicken+Rice Casserole are two delicious recipe alternatives of ours to try during the week. Your family will appreciate the variety of casseroles while you still get to make an easy dish.
Both are big hits with the kids in our house and they don’t mind eating the same meal a few nights a week. But most importantly, these dishes are such great time savers for me since I don’t need to cook meals from scratch all the time.
After coming home from a long day at work, who wants to cook every night?
Therefore, all you need to do with a casserole is throw it in the oven and reheat.
Voila! Dinner is served. And no slaving over a hot stove for hours!
So for busy nights, this simple hamburger casserole dish is probably the best way to go rather than cooking from scratch! Honestly though, any recipe that requires only a few ingredients and one pan is a new family favorite in our book. This comfort food casserole is no exception.
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How to Make Hillbilly Hamburger 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, another option is to use ground chicken or ground turkey in place of the beef. They will all work well and taste delicious but you know the saying…variety is the spice of life! Maybe try ground chicken one week and ground turkey a few weeks later to switch things up!
Using ground chicken or turkey is also a great way to make this recipe a little more lean because you’re cutting back on some calories that are associated with ground beef.
But hey, sometimes, red meat is the way to go (and sometimes it’s all I have in the house!) and it probably will be the family favorite.
Once the beef has browned, you will add in the diced onion and ranch seasoning (back to where the magic of this recipe all began…). Next, you’ll need to do a quick stir to mix all that ranch goodness into the meat and then it’s off to the pan. You’re almost done!
Finally, the frozen tater tots, ground beef mix and shredded cheddar cheese are then layered into a casserole dish or baking pan. Then into the oven it goes! Dinner is on the way so you can now take a few minutes to relax.
Easy Hamburger Casserole with Tater Tots Dinner
After a quick 30 minutes in the oven, the whole family will be ready to eat your perfect 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, 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 probably going to be a hit in your household too.
The Best Hamburger and Potato Casserole!
I always like making casseroles because it accomplishes two goals.
First of all, it makes a really great meal for the whole family. Secondly, it gives me extra time to take care of a few things around the house while the casserole is baking in the oven! So any time I can accomplish two things at the same time, it’s a big win for me.
Most importantly, just remember not to forget about your delicious hillbilly hamburger casserole in the oven! You only have 25 to 30 minutes of free extra time while its baking!
Hope you Enjoy! =)
Hillbilly Hamburger 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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- Sausage Egg Hashbrown Casserole
- Slow Cooker Mexican Hashbrown Casserole
- Spicy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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*This recipe was previously published on Simple Green Moms. We’ve updated and expanded the post on 11/20/18 to make it even better for our readers!Print
All you need to make this delicious recipe is 5 ingredients, one skillet, one casserole dish and that’s it!
- 1 bag of frozen tater tots
- 1 1/2 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 8×8 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
- Serving Size: 6
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