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Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole

I needed to find something quick and easy for dinner, that used what I had on hand, as we were headed out of town, and didn’t want to have to go to the grocery store.   I also wanted to use up some of the many pounds of ground beef we have sitting in our freezer.  This dish looked perfect!  I smelled a bit like a beef stroganoff, due to the onions, garlic and sour cream.  It was fairly decent for a casserole, one dish meal.  I think next time I would mix the sour cream/cheese mixture, into the dish, and bake the last 15 minutes.  It was good though.
Serves 6-8 for about $0.90/serving
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  • 1 lb ground beef  – ($2.98)
  • 2 onions, diced – ($0.66)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 small can tomato sauce – ($0.33)
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth – ($0.34)
  • 1 cup sour cream  – ($0.75)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese – ($2.00)
  • salt, pepper, oregano
  • 1 cup frozen peas
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Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on the heat to high.  Sauté the onions for a few minutes.

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Add ground beef and garlic, brown the ground beef completely, turn heat to medium.  Spice with salt, pepper and oregano how you like it.

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Add rice, peas tomato sauce, 1 cup cheese and broth, let simmer for 3 minutes.

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Transfer everything into a casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile combine the rest of the cheese with the sour cream and spread on top of the casserole and bake for another 15 minutes.



  1. HI,

    Question: We don’t drain the ground beef?


    • Jessica says:

      Jackie, good question! Normally yes, you would want to drain your beef before adding the other ingredients. We have been using beef from a grass fed cow we purchased, and it has very little fat content. So yes, if there is extra grease, please drain first.