Crunchy Beef Casserole recipe

This Crunchy Beef Casserole recipe came from Granny’s well worn files and got a handwritten rating of “very good”, her highest praise. It’s warm, soothing, filling, and delicious.

crunchy beef casserole

My mother didn’t start making casseroles until my early teens. She had been raised to cook the traditional Southern meal of “Meat and Three” which consisted of a meat, three vegetables, bread, and tea. At our table, dessert was served every night as well. Jealous? Me too. Sure do wish I could have meals like that cooked *for* me now!

My mother never thought to make a casserole because her mother and grandmother had never made them either. The first casserole I remember her making was Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli casserole. Why did she finally make one? Up until then, she’d never had a single casserole recipe!

Casseroles: A Cook’s Best Friend

In today’s busy world, rather than buying frozen family sized meals, homemade casseroles enable you to make your own “convenience” meal in one dish much more economically. Usually, you can double or even triple a recipe for just a few dollars more. I like to mix up several at once and freeze them for home cooked convenience.

How To Cook A Frozen Casserole

To cook a frozen casserole, simply place it in the oven while it preheats and add about ten minutes to the baking time. To develop your own signature casserole recipes, check out my Handy Dandy Casserole chart by clicking here. I developed it on a twelve hour drive back home from Disney World and it has been a great tool in my kitchen!

A Little Bit of Casserole History

Did you know the word ‘casserole’ comes from a french word that means sauce pan. Me neither!  This sauce pan is a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel.  Sound familiar?

The word casserole also doubles for the food in the “sauce pan” Casseroles came into fad in a big way in the sixties and seventies and with that a variety of colorful casserole dishes were introduced. Have I got you in the casserole mood yet?

We’re off to the races!

recipe ingredients for crunchy beef casserole

Recipe Ingredients:

  • French Fried Onions (you don’t need a can as big as the one I have pictured)
  • Rotini Pasta (can substitute other type if you like)
  • Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • Green Pepper
  • Ground Beef
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Season All


season all seasoned salt

        Here is the Season All.  

What is Season All?

It is some lovely seasoned salt.

cook pasta according to directions

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain when done.

in a bowl put the cream of mushroom soup and tomatoes

In large mixing bowl place cream of mushroom soup, tomatoes…

add the season all

Add seasoned salt..

add cheese


(“…” is my best friend ya know)

add ground beef and onionAdd green peppers and ground beef that has been cooked and drained.

add pasta drained

Toss in your drained pasta

stir it up good

Give it a good stir.

spoon it into casserole dish

Spoon into casserole Dish.

This recipe says to bake in a 2 quart casserole, which is just slightly smaller than a 9×13 inch dish.

You could bake it in a 9×13 if you like, it just won’t be as deep.

cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25-30 mins

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

As always, baking times vary by oven.

Obviously, I’m going to give you the baking times in the original recipes as these have always worked for me.

after it is out of oven top with crunchy onions

After thirty minutes, remove from oven and remove foil.

Top with onions and return to oven for five more minutes.

serve hot

Serve hot. Oh yum.

crunchy beef casserole

Crunchy Beef Casserole

Casseroles came into fad in a big way in the sixties and seventies and with that a variety of colorful casserole dishes were introduced. Most of y'all know I collect Pyrex dishes. They are from the era of my childhood and were made so well that any in my collection can still be used today. I collect, display, and use every one of them on a regular basis!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 483kcal


  • 2 Cups Corkscrew Macaroni Rotini
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3/4 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 can 14 oz whole or diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 C Green Pepper optional - I leave it out for the kids
  • 1 can french fried onions


  • Cook pasta as directed, rince and drain. Brown beef, drain fat. Combine all ingredients except french fried onions. Pour into greased 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake at 350 for thirty minutes. Uncover, top with french fried onions, and bake five minutes longer.


Calories: 483kcal
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You may also enjoy these easy casserole recipes:

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Rich, Creamy With The Perfect Crunch

Ham Egg and Cheese Casserole (Insta Pot or Oven!)

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  1. I have a set of the pink gooseberry pyrex mixing bowls, the nesting ones from large to small. we got them at an estate sale for 20 bucks! I have a pyrex casserole that came with a wooden trivet, it’s white glass with fancy gold designs on the side. Elaine, I’m the same way as you- this is the sweet potato praline caserole dish. Love me som Pyrex!

  2. I just printed off the casserole chart. Now that I see it, it looks really simple, but I never would’ve thought of it or tried it on my own! I have to tell you, too, that I look forward to reading your blog. . .not just for the tasty recipes, but for your cheerful heart and sense of humor. It’s a real day brightener. Thanks!

  3. OH Im gonna love this one, and I have everything here at the house to make this (except the onions). I need to go to some yard sales like Mom and I used to do and get some casserole dishes. ( I won’t go into the collection of glass bells and such that I have and need to get a second curio cabinet for). Now its time to cook a blue streak and have a good hot meal for later this week.

  4. This looks like a recipe I need to try. As for the pyrex collection it was you that got me started. I love going to the goodwill and flea markets then getting a great deal on pieces like .99 on the two smaller snowflake bowls. My daughter is a much better haggler than I which is why I have a complete set of Amish butterprint bowls in my cabinet at $30.00 I love them. Now you have me eyeing the Tulip bowls. I am actually doing away with my plastic storage bowls and going to glass.
    I agree it must serve a purpose for collecting.

  5. I thought I was the only person that likes to collect cassarole dishes and serving dishes. I am in love with the “blue snowflake” pattern. I am getting out my pyrex dish and making your crunchy beef casserole for dinner tomorrow.Thanks

  6. You can never have too many casserole dishes! I love your collection, especially the Amish Butterprint. It’s so folksy; just my style.

    The crunchy beef casserole sounds great, too. I’m trying to decide what I can put on top other than fried onions as my family doesn’t care for them. Maybe some crushed corn chips or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese…

    1. Corn chips sound great. I’m not much of an onion person, but was thinking potato chips.

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