Beef casseroles are a staple in most households, and it’s not hard to see why. Regardless of what recipe you use, beef casserole dishes are rich, indulgent, full of flavor, and wonderfully warming on a cold, dark winter evening.
Whether we’re enjoying a lazy weekend in the house or plan on inviting our nearest and dearest around for a holiday get-together, a beef casserole is always our go-to! In fact, we’d go as far as to say that a beef casserole works for pretty much every occasion.
If you’re looking for a beef casserole recipe, we’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve created a list of our 15 favorite beef casserole recipes. We’ve got something for everyone, from innovative fusion dishes to traditional flavor combinations, and everything in between!
If you’re looking for a hearty, warming dish that’ll go down well with guests throughout the holiday period, you have to try this spiced beef with stout and prunes recipe. The well-seasoned beef puts a fun spin on an old classic and makes for a delicious meal.
The best thing about this dish is how it can be prepared in advance. If anything, it gets better with time! Make it up a few days ahead of the event and keep it refrigerated until necessary.
It works well with pretty much anything, but we love serving it with super creamy mash.
If you’re looking for the ultimate, rich, and decadent beef bourguignon, you’ve found it! The secret to this indulgently delicious beef casserole is to use no stock. Rather, the recipe suggests you use all red wine instead!
As such, this recipe isn’t necessarily going to become a weeknight staple. However, it is absolutely perfect for special family occasions or as a sharing dish over the holiday period. In fact, whenever we’ve served this at a get-together, it has disappeared very quickly.
Meatloaf is a staple in most households, and it’s not hard to see why! It is full of flavor and super comforting. However, if you eat it a lot, it can get a little bit boring. As such, if you’re a meatloaf fan, we think you should shake things up a bit and give this recipe a try!
In this recipe, the meat filling is well-seasoned and flavored with Worcestershire and tomato, which gives the dish a rich and familiar flavor.
On top of this sits a creamy mashed potato topping that has been enriched with oodles of garlic and butter. Sounds amazing, right?
If you love a Sloppy Joe, you need to try this Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe. It takes a classic summer camp lunch and elevates it to a dinner party-worthy dish. In fact, regardless of the occasion, this dish is certain to be a crowd-pleaser.
This recipe has a wonderfully balanced, sweet-savory blend of sauce and ground beef that is addictively good. We love serving this dish with some crusty garlic bread, or even a fresh side salad. Be sure to add extra cheddar cheese on top for the best results.
Are you looking for a dinner that packs in all the flavor possible but can be ready in less than 30 minutes? If you are, this recipe has got you covered! This cross between a traditional enchilada and an everyday casserole bake makes for a super easy but very tasty meal.
This recipe constitutes a tasty mix of well-seasoned ground beef, corn tortillas, black olives, and green chilis. We absolutely love throwing this dish together on busy weeknights. It takes no time at all to prepare and is always a winner with everyone around the table.
You might associate beef casserole dishes with the winter months. They tend to be hearty, rich, and soul-warming. However, if you’re looking for a beef casserole with a summer twist, you need to check out this slow-cooked summer beef casserole recipe.
By adding some garlic, crunchy veggies, and parmesan cheese, this recipe has managed to completely de-winter the traditional casserole. The recipe calls for bell peppers and zucchini, however, you can add any spring/summer veggies you fancy!
If you’re looking to make your classic beef casserole dinner even more indulgent, look no further than this beef casserole with a cheesy herbed crust recipe. The combination of the rich, beefy sauce and the super cheesy, crunchy crust really is quite special.
This dish does take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to make. However, the ingredients list is fairly concise and each step in the method is very simple. As such, it might take a little extra time to put on the table, but it still remains a very low-maintenance dish!
Ok, here us out. We know that you might already be attached to a particular beef stew recipe, but we promise you, the name of this one is completely justified! Don’t believe us? Give it a try, you will soon be convinced!
This dish is a cozy, classic beef stew with incredibly tender beef, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes. The sauce has a wonderful richness and depth of flavor that is, in our opinion, completely unrivaled – and it only takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to make!
If you’re a lover of beef stew and adore potato gratin, why not put the two together? This recipe combines the best of two classic dishes to produce a casserole that is mouth-wateringly good.
This recipe is perfect for a get-together over the holiday season. The combination of a rich beef casserole and silky potatoes coated in gruyere cheese really is something quite special, and is sure to have your guests going back for seconds… and thirds!
Beef bourguignon plus cheese plus pastry – we challenge you to name a more delicious-sounding combination! Rather than serving beef bourguignon with separate sides, why not transform it into a well-rounded pie?
This recipe is a favorite in our house. In addition to being unbelievably flavorful, it is also ideal for meal prepping. Simply batch cook and freeze in serving-sized portions that can be grabbed for a lazy weeknight dinner.
If you fancy trying something new and putting a twist on a classic dish, we can’t recommend this chimichurri beef casserole recipe enough. This simple, slow-cooked, Argentine-style casserole is bursting with smokey flavors and is wonderfully vibrant.
This recipe does require around 4 hours of time in total, and it also has quite a heft list of ingredients. As such, this dish isn’t ideal as a quick, weeknight dinner. However, we promise you, the extra effort and time are 100% worth it!
We absolutely love pretty much any Italian dish. If you feel the same, you just have to give this Italian braised beef stew in red wine recipe a try. Something truly magical happens you cook beef low and slow and combine it with wine and Italian seasonings.
For the best results, this dish needs to be cooked low and slow for over five hours. However, once you taste it, the wait seems completely worth it!
We love throwing this dish together on a Sunday morning, and leaving it in the oven whilst we do chores (or lounge about!).
If you love a casserole dish, but don’t tend to have 3 plus hours to spend cooking, you should give this tomato and beef casserole recipe a try. It is full of delicious and nutritious beef and veggies, and can come together in less than an hour!
In fact, this recipe is sure to become one of your new favorite dishes. The cornmeal crust is the perfect base for the filling and the cheddar cheese topping makes for a super-indulgent finish. What more could you ask for?
If your family loves spaghetti and meat sauce, and you fancy putting a fun twist on this weeknight favorite, we suggest that you check out this best spaghetti casserole recipe. It is delicious, filling, and is sure to win over even the pickiest of eaters.
This recipe is also very simple. For instance, it suggests that you use cans of meatless spaghetti sauce, which can save a lot of time and effort. However, if you can make a mean marinara, we recommend that you use a homemade version instead.
Finally, we had to include this chili beef casserole recipe. It is absolutely bursting with flavor and is certain to give you a boost on even the coldest and darkest of winter days. We cannot recommend it enough!
This recipe is also particularly simple for a casserole. It has just three steps and needs minimal preparation time! As a bonus, it is also very versatile. It works with pretty much any side dish, from a salad to french fries, but we love serving it with rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Make Beef Casserole More Delicious?
This might sound a bit obvious, but if your beef casserole or stew is tasting a little bland, you just need to add a lot more spices! In our opinion, the more the merrier.
Here are a few ways that you can really give your casserole a boost in flavor:
1. Season As You Cook
Casseroles generally take a few hours to cook. Every time you check on your casserole, give it a taste. If it tastes bland, add some more seasoning!
2. Cook Your Onions For Longer
Onions act as a base for most casserole dishes. However, we believe that most recipes don’t go into enough detail when it comes to how long you should cook your onions.
For the most flavor, you should aim to caramelize your onions. This takes a considerable amount of time but is definitely worth it. If you want to add more flavor once the onions are already cooked, feel free to caramelize some onions in another pan and stir them in too.
3. Spice It Up
If you are a fan of some heat in your food, don’t be shy when it comes to spice! Bring in some extra depth of flavor by stirring in some fresh chilies and using some smoked paprika or cayenne pepper.
4. Always Finish With Fresh Herbs
Just before serving, add some leafy herbs to your final dish. Generally, we love adding a dash of parsley or chives.
5. Don’t Forget About Mushrooms
Finally, if you like the flavor of mushrooms, they can be a real asset when you’re cooking a casserole. We recommend adding rehydrated dried mushrooms, such as shiitake or porcini, to your casserole dish for a deep, complex, savory flavor.
What Is The Best Cut Of Beef For Casserole?
Generally, beef casserole and beef stew are made by using the meat that comes from the front shoulder. This cut is known as chuck and is considered to be the best for these types of dishes. It is also a very inexpensive cut!
What’s The Difference Between Casserole And Stew?
There is very little difference between a casserole and a stew. In fact, these names are often used interchangeably.
However, a traditionalist would exclaim that a casserole should be cooked in the oven, and a stew should be cooked on the stovetop.
A beef casserole is one of the most hearty, warming, and delicious dishes. We hope that this list of 15 stunning beef casserole recipes has inspired you to try out something new in the kitchen!