Zippy Beef Supper Recipe

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In Crooksville, Ohio, Ruth Foster relies on two cans of soup and zippy canned tomatoes with chilies to make this spicy and satisfying casserole. Shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla chips create a tasty topping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed cooked potatoes
  • 1 can (11 ounces) condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of onion soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 589 calories, 31 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 1251 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 37 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add potatoes; cook and stir until heated through. Stir in the soups, tomatoes, cumin and garlic powder.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with tortilla chips and cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Zippy Beef Supper in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p43

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"This recipe has been a favorite of our family of 8 since it first appeared in QC in 1999. Most of our six kids are grown & have homes of their own now, but this is one of my most-requested recipes from them! I frequently skip the potatoes, but that's the only change I've made to the recipe. When our garden is abundant, we add fresh tomatoes for a special treat!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"We liked this recipe. I used only 1 lb of ground beef and more potatoes. I used the cubed potatoes you can get in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. I will definitely make this again. Ground beef and potatoes makes me a happy girl!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"We love this recipe. I often use the cubed potatoes that you can find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It's a bit spicy. I usually use regular diced tomatoes instead of Rotel. It's a favorite. I've passed it along to others and they liked it as well."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"This simple recipe was a big hit with my whole family. We love the flavor. I used frozen hashbrowns, so it was super fast. I would suggest topping with sour cream and salsa to liven it up before serving!"

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