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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 it 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 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 serving (1 cup) equals 381 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 23 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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."

Reviewed May. 20, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

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

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