Hungry Man's Dinner Recipe

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This recipe from my mother is one I grew up with. As the name implies, it's a casserole that will satisfy the biggest of appetites.— Sharon Howard, Gum Spring, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 262 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 629mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Hungry Man's Dinner in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p208

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