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Mashed Potato Beef Casserole Recipe

Mashed Potato Beef Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 270198
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

"The taste wasn't bad but overall it was just so weird I couldn't get past that."

sherylb99 User ID: 8356 269754
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

"I have made this for years. I can't believe I have had these magazines for almost 20 years!"

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!"

Jdrainville User ID: 7312499 51966
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"Def a fav dish and will be a regular on our menu!! SO GOOD"

kardr3 User ID: 3343346 24257
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"My husband surprised me and got seconds, but I was not that impressed. For one thing the directions were confusing. It says to toss the vegetables with the flour then "add to skillet with the broth, Worchestershire sauce, tarragon and pepper." It wasn't clear where the ground beef should be at this time. It should've said "add to ground beef with the broth..." That may have been why it didn't taste that great to me. I didn't simmer the ground beef with the vegetables. It just wasn't worth the time to make. I'll stick to plain old shpherd's pie."

AudreyMcWills User ID: 5346455 28942
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"If I"m being honest, I was not impressed with this recipe. I used a little extra ground meat, and even with that, the whole onion took over the flavor of the meal. I am sharing the leftovers with my dogs. Won't make again."

mindysmama User ID: 6929696 54515
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"I have a recipe similar to this one that I make a lot and we love it. I have not tried this yet I have a question do the carrots get done. I like them soft how long do you simmer them. My recipe calls for frozen I have never used fresh."

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 28940
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"My husband says this is a keeper."

mrs.cissy User ID: 1441297 28939
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"Awesome for chilly evenings."

stevennicole User ID: 2190603 33253
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"this is a family favorite!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 25804
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"My kids love this."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 71022
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"That`s very tasty! I did some changes. I didn`t use mushrooms and I use the juice from simmering to make mashed potatoes ( there was a lot of juice in it). I added whole garlic cloves when I cooked mashed potatoes, you can easly remove them when you will finish to boil your potatoes. Garlic will give you extra flavor."

TidyLittleClutter User ID: 6412611 65429
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Made this many times. The bacon gives it that extra flava pop!"

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 20145
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This is one of the best recipes ever. It's a sort of Cottage pie and it is easy to make and delicious. Highly recommended!!!"

jenjerry User ID: 5442744 70044
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"It is a little time consuming but not too difficult and the family loves it."

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 28930
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Simply delicious! easy to make and very satisfying. The cheese gives this an edge over tradtional Shepherd's pie recipes."

navywife1984 User ID: 3168177 51965
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"This is one of the dishes I go to when I need some comfort food. It is wonderful and I am making it again tonight. I have made it numerous times over the years."

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 25603
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Such a cozy comfort food. The tarragon really adds flavor. Love this."

rrfrey21 User ID: 3107605 65379
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"This was a winner in my family! My 4 year old son couldn't wait to go back for seconds. WOW!! I didn't have any mushrooms or celery on hand and the meal turned out fantastic. This is a keeper. Thanks :)"

littleann1 User ID: 1709381 70043
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I made this again today an strangely it didn't take but about 15 min. to put together. I guess becasue I already had some leftover mashed taters from the other nite. Yeah, that must be it. Anyways, it's gonna be amazing...again!"

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 86413
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"This was very good; my husband loved the bacon flavor it had from cooking the beef in the bacon drippings. I made it one time without the bacon to save time and he didn't care for it as much. I took it to a church gathering once and they loved it! It is time consuming but worth it. Definitely will continue making it!"

littleann1 User ID: 1709381 28929
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This was really good but seemed like it took forever to make. Too many steps. Still...I'll make it again. Everyone loved it."

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