Beef and Bacon Casserole

Updated on October 9, 2019
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One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Beef and bacon casserole, ready to eat.
Beef and bacon casserole, ready to eat. | Source

Bringing Old Recipes Back With a Twist

I'm always fiddling around with recipes, trying to improve on them or change them up to meet everyone's tastes. The recipe I am sharing here is an old family favorite that is very similar to a shepherds pie, although I have revamped it to add a little pizazz.

Comfort food is the food that makes us feel good—satisfied, calm, cared for and carefree. It’s food that fills us up emotionally and physically.… Finding comfort in food is a basic human experience.

— Ellie Krieger

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves six people

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds potatoes, halved and quatered
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 to 6 slices bacon, lightly fried
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups frozen vegetables, peas, carrots, corn, and green beans
  • paprika
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Wash, cut up, and boil the potatoes. When they are fork-tender, mash them. Add the garlic, butter, and milk, and continue mashing until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon until it begins to render fat, leaving the bacon grease in the pan. Remove the bacon from pan and place on paper towels. Set aside.
  3. In the same pan as you cooked the bacon add the ground beef and onions, cooking until the beef is no longer pink. Drain well and set aside.
  4. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. In a large casserole dish, add the beef and onion mixture. Next, add the frozen vegetables covering the meat completely. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the vegetables and smooth with a butter knife.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and paprika.
  7. Add the cooked bacon and top with the grated cheese.
  8. Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. Remove the casserole from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut, serve and enjoy.

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Mash the potatoes. Add milk, butter, and garlic, and continue mashing.Fry the beef and onionsSmooth the ground beef mixture into a casserole dishAdd the frozen vegetablesAdd the mashed potatoes and smoothSprinkle with paprika and fresh ground pepper and top with the baconAdd the grated cheese and pop into the ovenDinner is ready
Mash the potatoes. Add milk, butter, and garlic, and continue mashing.
Mash the potatoes. Add milk, butter, and garlic, and continue mashing. | Source
Fry the beef and onions
Fry the beef and onions | Source
Smooth the ground beef mixture into a casserole dish
Smooth the ground beef mixture into a casserole dish | Source
Add the frozen vegetables
Add the frozen vegetables | Source
Add the mashed potatoes and smooth
Add the mashed potatoes and smooth | Source
Sprinkle with paprika and fresh ground pepper and top with the bacon
Sprinkle with paprika and fresh ground pepper and top with the bacon | Source
Add the grated cheese and pop into the oven
Add the grated cheese and pop into the oven | Source
Dinner is ready
Dinner is ready | Source

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        Susan Zutautas 

        10 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks, Peg.

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        Peg Cole 

        11 days ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        I love this wonderful recipe. Nothing like beef and bacon with potatoes to satisfy the appetite and with the temperatures cooling down, it's time to use the oven again! Hooray. Thanks for the great casserole recipe.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks, Shauna. I'm with your son on that one :)

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you, Pamela!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks so much, Rachel!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Patricia, thanks so much!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks, Peggy, starting to use my oven more too now. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Bill, I'm hoping the snow doesn't fly too soon :)

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        12 days ago from Central Florida

        OMG, this is comfort food to the enth degree, Susan! My son would love this. He's of the philosophy that everything is better with bacon.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        12 days ago from Sunny Florida

        This meal looks delicious. All the ingredients sound perfect. Thank you for this recipe.

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        Rachel Alba 

        12 days ago

        Sounds and looks really good to me. Everything all in one dish. Bacon was a good addition too. Thanks for sharing. I am going to pin this one.

        Blessings to you.

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        Patricia Scott 

        12 days ago from sunny Florida

        O my....I am always looking for dishes for our Sunday brunch at church. This will definitely be a hit. thanks for sharing. Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps

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        Peggy Woods 

        12 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Oh my! This sounds delicious! Now that temperatures are moderating, I'll be using the oven more often. Pinning this so that I can easily find it. Thanks for your recipe.

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        Bill Holland 

        12 days ago from Olympia, WA

        That truly is comfort food....casseroles are best served when the snow is flying and the bones are chilled. A nice casserole makes it all seem better.

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