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I’m always looking for easy meals that my family will eat. The best dishes for regular family meals are hearty casseroles. Potato beef bake has hash browned potatoes, ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, and lots of ooey gooey cheese.

The best thing about casseroles is that you can easily feed a hungry crew. It’s easy if you need to double it when your kids have friends over or you want to save leftovers. You can also add extra ingredients and use the recipe as a base. It’s incredibly flexible, which is perfect for busy families.

Ground Beef Casserole with Potatoes

In my house, sloppy joes are usually served with French fries or tater tots on the side. This recipe is similar but has the advantage of serving the potatoes all in one dish with the sloppy joe meat.

The ground beef casserole with potatoes is very similar to the famous party potatoes (also known as funeral potatoes.) It’s layered with hash brown potatoes, cheese, and something creamy like cream of chicken soup or sour cream. If you were to make the recipe like party potatoes, you could still leave in the ground beef but swap the sloppy joe sauce with sour cream.

You can also add other ingredients to make this dish even more delicious. You can add some corn, chopped green bell peppers, diced onions, or a can of diced tomatoes. You can add even more cheese on top or make a crust out of bread crumbs or crushed corn flakes cereal.

Potato Beef Casserole

This recipe fits a lot of different needs. It’s naturally gluten-free with potatoes. However, you might want to make sure that the frozen hash browned potatoes are actually gluten-free since some companies use wheat flour in processing them.

You can also make this recipe vegetarian-friendly. Use vegetarian soy crumbles like Boca or Morningstar Farms. You can make it healthier by using ground turkey and low-fat cheese. This recipe is easy and customizable.

The one thing this recipe is not, however, is naturally low-carb. Hash browned potatoes and the sloppy joe sauce both add carbohydrates to the meal. Because sloppy joes are normally served on hamburger buns or bread, you can serve this with bread on the side. (My kids would ask for garlic bread because they look for any excuse to have garlic bread.)

You can also serve this with a garden salad on the side. Then you get some healthy fresh vegetables in addition to the hearty casserole. It’s easy to make up a fresh salad by chopping up some lettuce and adding some shredded carrots. But there’s also nothing wrong with buying a pre-packaged bag of salad. It’s super easy, cheap, and still extra healthy for your family.

This recipe is incredibly simple to make and to clean up. That makes it perfect for busy weeknights when I just don’t feel like cooking and might otherwise go through a fast-food drive-through for dinner instead. If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to watch your budget and make your money stretch as far as possible.

Cooking dinner at home is one of the best ways to stick to a budget. For me, that means I need easy meals that won’t be expensive to cook or hard to clean up. Once in a while, I like to go all out and make something fancy and time-consuming. But most of the time, I need utility food that doesn’t require me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

This recipe fits the bill nicely. You can fill up your family’s bellies and save some money. What more can a busy mom want?

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Mexican Casserole and our Layered Hamburger Bake.

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Potato-Beef Bake

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


Potato beef bake has hash browned potatoes, ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, and lots of ooey gooey cheese.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 (32 ounces) package frozen hash browned potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend


1. In a skillet cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

2. Add sloppy joe sauce and cheese.

3. Place hash browns in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

4. Top with beef mixture.

5. Cover and bake at 400°F for 25 minutes.

6. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer.

Optional – Sprinkle with a cup of grated cheddar cheese.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Baking

Keywords: ground beef casserole with potatoes, potato beef casserole