Best 5 Beef Casserole Recipes

Food Network's Beef and Cheddar Casserole

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

While some meals require you to make multiple components, casseroles are all-in-one beauties that have starch, vegetable and protein elements built in, so they’re go-to timesavers on hectic weeknights. When you’re considering which ingredients to combine in your casserole, think about which flavors you know work well together, like those in classic pasta dishes, or in tacos, enchiladas and burritos — they’ll likely shine in a casserole as well.

Check out Food Network’s best-five casseroles with family-friendly beef as the focus and find top tips from Trisha Yearwood, Sunny Anderson, Rachael Ray and more chefs.

To make sure this casserole turns out richly satisfying, toss the just-cooked pasta with sour cream and Parmesan, then mix with the seasoned tomato sauce and finish with a blanket of cheddar.

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Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Think of this big-batch dinner as a platter of deconstructed tacos, with a base and topping of crunchy tortilla chips and a hearty filling of cumin-laced ground beef and pinto beans.

The key to Trisha’s easy recipe lies in the prep work for her tender potatoes and cheesy ground beef. Trisha explains, “If they are still hot when you assemble the casserole, the baking time can be greatly reduced or even eliminated; simply brown the crumb topping under the broiler for a couple of minutes.”

Made with dark brown sugar, tomato sauce and a few splashes of Worcestershire, Rachael’s from-scratch sloppy joe sauce turns her cheddar-topped macaroni into a decadent supper.

Instead of rolling enchiladas, Sunny layers the tortillas with a classic enchilada sauce, plus vegetable-laced ground beef and a duo of cheeses, to create an updated take on this bake-and-serve dinner.

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