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Vegetable Beef Casserole

This easy one-dish recipe has been a family favorite ever since my husband's aunt handed it down to me 35 years ago. Try adding whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this dish. —Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 medium potatoes, sliced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 cups cut fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a 3-qt. casserole, layer half the potatoes, carrots, celery, green beans and onion. Crumble half the uncooked beef over vegetables. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each thyme, salt and pepper. Repeat layers.
  • Top with tomatoes. Cover and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake about 1 hour longer or until vegetables are tender and meat is no longer pink. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 326 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Hot Dodge
    Jun 24, 2020

    This was delicious. I used zucchini and corn along with the other veggies, except the carrots. I cooked the meat before hand, it just seemed weird to add it raw even though I know it gets cooked. I also added some basil, oregano and parsley. I will be making this again, especially when the weather turns cool this fall. I love one dish meals.

  • lenine
    Jun 12, 2019

    So good, and so easy! The potatoes were tasty, having been cooked with the meat.

    Apr 29, 2019

    Very good as listed! Love being able to use veggies on hand. (But curious what composes Prairie Heritage Herbs for a variation....?)

  • jennifergarnett
    Jul 7, 2011

    I put garlic cloves (minced) in the meat, added some creaole seasoning and it was pretty good. My family wants it again.Next time I will add bacon.

    Jan 28, 2009

    I made this for our meal this evening and my husband and I really liked it. All I substituted was canned green beans for the fresh or frozen and Prairie Heritage Herbs for the thyme. Prairie Heritage Herbs is a blend my mother made up and now I continue to make it especially before Christmas for little gifts. Thanks for a great recipe that I plan to prepare when our sons and daughter-in-law are home next time.Lynette