Mashed Potato Beef Casserole Recipe
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Mashed Potato Beef Casserole Recipe

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This recipe came out of my mother's cookbook. The smudges and splatters show that Mom used it extensively to feed our large family. The tarragon really comes through to make a flavorful main dish. Now I prepare this recipe for our four children and six grandchildren. —Helen McGeorge, Abbotsford, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 381 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Cook beef in drippings over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Toss mushrooms, onion, carrot and celery in flour; add to skillet with the broth, Worcestershire sauce, tarragon and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add bacon; transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine potatoes and 1/2 cup of cheese; spread over beef mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Mashed Potato Beef Casserole in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p27

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 255180
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"A great recipe to make. My family loves to add extra cheese on top."

jillanglemyer User ID: 2065875 245468
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016 Edited Mar. 15, 2016

"I have made this a few times. Once I used beef soup meat instead of the ground beef. It's a very good recipe. Of course you can make any changes."

AZCristi User ID: 2537783 240042
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Absolutely LOVED this dish. Great tasting and inexpensive. I've made it twice - the second time I made it "topless" without the mashed potatoes - still loved it.... making it this way made it very Weight Watchers point-friendly!!! Printed & Saved - definitely making this in the future... often!"

Dougie55 User ID: 8327261 235754
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"I have made this dish many times now, and it has become a favorite of mine. Very close to one of my Cottage pie recipes, but a lot more liquid in it. I add a touch more flour so it is till juicy, but not the consistency of my Cottage pie. I do change ingredients a bit when I am craving a different flavor, but one constant change is the addition of at least a tbsp of crushed or minced garlic. Most often I also add a good glob of any bbq sauce, and often a squirt of liquid smoke. Another trick you might like is at the end to give the recipe a quick 5 min or so under the broiler before, after or both of adding the cheese. The little crunch of the top is a nice feature."

LauriePar User ID: 4460220 233376
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"Made this last night. I did not use the bacon; I saw no need for it. I used Simply Potatoes for my mashed potatoes and it came out wonderful. I did not use as much cheese and it still tasted good."

catweber User ID: 5083070 226622
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"we didn't hate it but I wouldn't make this again without substantial changes, very bland"

ChloeBuhler User ID: 6908725 72034
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"A bit watery in the beef after it bakes but maybe I did something wrong. It's still a yummy recipe."

DViola User ID: 6210665 20149
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"I liked it at first, by the time I was done I loved it."

DViola User ID: 6210665 33255
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"My family loved this recipe!"

DViola User ID: 6210665 25837
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"My family loved this!"

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