8 Quick and Easy Casseroles Including Chicken, Tuna, and Beef

Updated on February 25, 2020
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

8 Simple and Quick Casseroles

Name
Number of Ingredients
Cooking Time
Tuna Casserole
4
40 minutes
Tater Tot
4
40 minutes
Chicken Pot Pie
8
1 hour
Chicken Divan
7
1 hour
Chicken and Dressing
7
1 hour
Chicken Joe
5
45 minutes
Sheperd's Pie
7
45 minutes
Hamburger Steak
6
1 hour
A vegetarian version of family-style pot pie, with broccoli, artichokes, butternut squash, and mushrooms.
A vegetarian version of family-style pot pie, with broccoli, artichokes, butternut squash, and mushrooms. | Source

I Grew Up With These Casseroles

Some people think “casserole” means an unrecognizable blob of mystery ingredients. Hopefully these recipes will be a pleasant surprise.

All casseroles are easy when it comes to cooking time. They're in the oven and require no stirring. Quick casseroles mean very little preparation time. All of these recipes take 45 to 60 minutes to bake, but you can use this time to prepare your side dishes, clean up the kitchen, check your email, or put your feet up.

I grew up preparing and eating most of these casseroles. We were a working-class family, so we looked for dishes like these: fast, cheap, easy to make, and tasty to boot!

Cousin Hal's favorite tuna casserole
Cousin Hal's favorite tuna casserole | Source

1. Cousin Hal's Favorite Tuna Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 large or 2 small cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 sleeve (36) saltine crackers
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Combine the soup and drained tuna in a bowl.
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 casserole dish and smear 2 rounded tablespoons of soup mixture on the bottom.
  3. Arrange a layer of 9 crackers. Spread about 1/4 of the tuna and soup mixture over the crackers. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Repeat crackers, then tuna and soup mixture. Sprinkle about 1 cup cheese.
  5. Repeat crackers, tuna, soup, and 1/2 cup cheese.
  6. Repeat crackers, tuna, and soup layers.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until thoroughly warm, about 40 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Return to oven for 10 minutes.

Variations

  • Use your favorite cream soup.
  • Use any favorite cheese.
  • Use a 9 x 13 pan and do three layers, with three crackers across and four down.

Photo Guide: Tuna Casserole

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The first layer of crackers.Second layer of crackers, on top of soup and cheese.Third layer of crackers, with a heavier layer of cheese underneath.Hot out of the oven!
The first layer of crackers.
The first layer of crackers. | Source
Second layer of crackers, on top of soup and cheese.
Second layer of crackers, on top of soup and cheese. | Source
Third layer of crackers, with a heavier layer of cheese underneath.
Third layer of crackers, with a heavier layer of cheese underneath. | Source
Hot out of the oven!
Hot out of the oven! | Source
Yes, you can make a casserole with tater tots!
Yes, you can make a casserole with tater tots! | Source

2. Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 soup can of milk
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 bag of frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef. You can do this ahead of time to speed up the preparation.
  2. Mix the soup, milk, and drained browned ground beef.
  3. Grease a 9 x 11 casserole dish. Spread the soup mixture on the bottom.
  4. Place a layer of tater tots on top.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until thoroughly warm, about 40 minutes.

French fry casserole variation
French fry casserole variation | Source

Variations

  • Use any favorite cream soup.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Place leftover French fries in the bottom of baking dish. Mix soup, ground beef, and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, pour in the fries, and bake.

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Classic chicken pot pie, family style, with potatoes, corn, carrots, and peas.
Classic chicken pot pie, family style, with potatoes, corn, carrots, and peas.
Classic chicken pot pie, family style, with potatoes, corn, carrots, and peas. | Source
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3. Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 large can of flaked chicken meat
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can water or milk
  • 1 can or jar of chicken gravy
  • 2 cans mixed vegetables, drained or 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can diced potatoes or 1 large potato diced, cooked, and drained
  • 2 deep-dish frozen pie shells, thawed
  • 2 regular frozen pie shells, thawed

Directions

  1. Cover the bottom of a greased 11 x 13 casserole dish with the deep-dish pie crusts. Don’t worry if there are gaps.
  2. Mix the soups, gravy, and water or milk in a bowl. Add the vegetables and chicken.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pie shells.
  4. Top with the two remaining pie crusts. Again, don’t worry if there are gaps.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 1 hour. Turn up the oven temperature if needed to lightly brown the crust.

Chicken divan
Chicken divan | Source

4. Chicken Divan

A decadent treat! I like to use Duke's mayonnaise from the Sauer Company, the mayo of my youth.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • 4 cups long-cooking rice, cooked (do not use instant rice)
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder

Directions

  1. Mix the soup, mayo, milk, and curry powder in a bowl.
  2. Mix half of the soup mixture with the rice.
  3. Grease a 9 x 11 or equivalent casserole dish. Spread the mixture on the bottom.
  4. Top with broccoli, then chicken. I use boneless chicken breasts, which I trim into several pieces and partially cook in a skillet.
  5. Spread the remaining soup mixture on top.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes at 400 degrees.

Photo Guide: Chicken Divan

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Mix cooked rice with 1/2 of soup mixture.Top with broccoli.Top with chicken. I brown the chicken in the skillet first.Top with remaining soup.
Mix cooked rice with 1/2 of soup mixture.
Mix cooked rice with 1/2 of soup mixture. | Source
Top with broccoli.
Top with broccoli. | Source
Top with chicken. I brown the chicken in the skillet first.
Top with chicken. I brown the chicken in the skillet first. | Source
Top with remaining soup.
Top with remaining soup. | Source
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Chicken and dressing casserole with gravy.
Chicken and dressing casserole with gravy.
Chicken and dressing casserole with gravy. | Source
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5. Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts or 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz. stuffing mix
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken. Remove the bones and skin.
  2. Mix the stuffing, onion, broth, milk, eggs, and soup. Add boned chicken.
  3. Grease an 11 x 13 pan. Pour in the mixture and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Chicken Joe
Chicken Joe | Source

6. Chicken Joe

This is one of my mom’s newly discovered favorites.

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 sleeve Ritz or similar crackers
  • 1 stick butter

Directions

  1. Arrange the chicken in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Combine the soup and sour cream. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Stir together chicken and soup mixture.
  4. Crush the crackers. You can do this by putting them in a plastic bag and rolling a bottle or rolling pin over them. Spread the crushed crackers on top of the casserole.
  5. Drizzle melted butter on top of the crackers.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Photo Guide: Chicken Joe

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Cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces.Combine soup and sour cream, then add chicken.Top with crushed crackers.
Cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces.
Cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces. | Source
Combine soup and sour cream, then add chicken.
Combine soup and sour cream, then add chicken. | Source
Top with crushed crackers.
Top with crushed crackers. | Source
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Shepherd's pie
Shepherd's pie | Source

7. Shepherd's Pie

This is my version of a classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 package onion or beef-onion soup mix.
  • Ingredients for meatloaf on soup packet, except ketchup topping
  • 3 cans corn, drained
  • 1 or 2 cans English peas, drained
  • 6 medium potatoes, diced, cooked and drained with some water reserved
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Make meatloaf according to soup mix directions. Note that I recommend 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef, which is more than the soup package calls for.
  2. Grease an 11 x 13 pan. Pat meatloaf mixture in. Do not add tomato ketchup topping.
  3. Evenly spread the corn and peas on top of the meatloaf.
  4. In a bowl, mash the potatoes. Blend in as much milk as needed for consistency. Add some of the potato water if needed.
  5. Blend the Parmesan cheese into the potatoes.
  6. Spread the potato mixture over the meat and vegetables. This is a little tricky! Try not to displace the peas and corn.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 1 hour.

Chef Ramsey's Shepherd's Pie

Hamburger steak casserole
Hamburger steak casserole | Source

8. Hamburger Steak Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. hamburger
  • Seasoned salt
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced into rounds

Directions

  1. Mix seasoned salt into hamburger meat and form into 4 to 6 hamburger steak patties.
  2. Grease an 11 x 13 pan. Arrange the hamburger patties on the bottom.
  3. Layer the sliced potatoes and onions on the patties.
  4. Blend the soup and water. Pour over the top of the casserole.
  5. Bake covered for 1 hour in a 350-degree oven.

Photo Guide: Hamburger Steak Casserole

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Layer potatoes, onions, and hamburger patties.  I didn't have any onion this day.  Pour diluted tomatoes over meat and potatoes.  Ready for the oven!  Hamburger steak casserole hot out of the oven.
Layer potatoes, onions, and hamburger patties.  I didn't have any onion this day.
Layer potatoes, onions, and hamburger patties. I didn't have any onion this day. | Source
Pour diluted tomatoes over meat and potatoes.  Ready for the oven!
Pour diluted tomatoes over meat and potatoes. Ready for the oven! | Source
Hamburger steak casserole hot out of the oven.
Hamburger steak casserole hot out of the oven. | Source

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    • Cooking Jam profile image

      Muhammad Abdullah 

      7 months ago

      So many recipes. Its difficult to choose one. Can you suggest one please .

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks for the comment CUSpacecowboy. I suppose any cream soup would work. I make my leftover French Fry casserole with vegetables, but haven't yet tried Tater Tot with veggies.

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      CUSpacecowboy 

      5 years ago

      The tater tot casserole tastes better when you make it with cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken and add green beans. And another name for the Chicken Joe is Quick Chick.

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      brneydgrls I usually go for something green, since the casserole is meat and potatoes. I like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, Brussels sprouts or a salad.

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      brneydgrls 

      5 years ago

      What do you serve with the hamburger steak recipe?

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Leenie I would definitely try this. It sounds like the souffle-like texture of homemade baked mac and cheese.

    • Leenie Pooh profile image

      Leenie Pooh 

      9 years ago

      Okay - here is my quick and cheap casserole recipe which I'm almost embarrassed to post.

      Make up a box of mac 'n cheese that you bought on sale, adding twice the amount of milk. Stir in 1 cup frozen veggies, then stir in 1 egg. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Bake at 350 until casserole still moves like jello but is not liquidy, about 30 to 40 minutes.

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      OTmommy 

      10 years ago from Southern USA

      Great hub! I am always looking for delicious and quick meals to make for my family. I think that I will be making the tater tot casserole and chicken pot pie soon...they sound yummy! In addition to casseroles, I use my crock-pot a lot because it is easy to prepare and clean up the meal.

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