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Easy Hobo Casserole Recipe with Beef

Hobo casserole? Oh yeah! There are so many reasons you’ll love this recipe! This hobo casserole recipe is a delicious but easy family dinner. It goes by a variety of names, including hobo stew, hobo hubby casserole, and hamburger casserole.

hobo casserole on a plate with a fork

Regardless of what you want to call it, your family will love this delicious hobo casserole dinner. It’s flavorful, filling, and comforting.

I’ve placed a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Easy Casserole

I love to make any kind of ground beef casserole, and this hobo casserole is one of the best. With a delightful blend of creamy soup, sour cream, and cheese, you really can’t go wrong. If you prefer ground turkey for a hobo dinner recipe, you can use that instead. Keep in mind that it has less fat, so you might want to add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, your favorite cooking oil, or a splash of beef stock.

hobo casserole in a plan and on a plate


All of these ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store. In fact, you might even have most of them in your pantry and refrigerator.

package of ground beef

Here is what I used:

  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (sweet onion or any yellow onion)
  • 1 large or 2 small thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (or cream of chicken soup for a creamy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar cheese, Colby cheese, or jack cheese)
  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
onion and potatoes
cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and milk
salt, pepper, crushed potato chips, and shredded cheese

Here are some alternate ingredients you might want to try:

  • American cheese slices
  • Tomato sauce or tomato soup instead of cream soup (for a tomato flavored sauce)
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Almond or coconut milk
  • Canned crispy French fried onions
  • Red bell pepper
  • Cut green beans
  • Garlic salt or garlic powder
  • Onion powder

If you want to spice it up, try one or two of these ingredients:

  • Chili powder
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Hot sauce
  • Pasta sauce
  • Italian seasoning

If you want this to be low carb, leave out the potatoes. Or only put the potatoes on one side of the casserole to provide options.


This is a super easy recipe to make. Basically, it’s all about layering the ingredients and making sure everything is evenly distributed.

First, preheat your oven to 350˚ F. Spray the bottom of a 7” x 11” casserole dish or baking pan. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.

browning the ground beef

Drain the ground beef and pour it into the baking pan. 

ground beef in casserole dish

Chop a small onion until you have at least 1/2 cup of chopped onion. Sprinkle that over the top of beef.

chopped onion on ground beef in a pan

Thinly slice the potatoes. Place them over the onion layer.

sliced potatoes in baking pan

Sprinkle with the desired amount of salt and black pepper.

Peppering the casserole

In a medium bowl, combine soup, sour cream, and milk. Mix well.

liquid ingredients in a bowl

Pour mixture over the salted potatoes. Spread it out evenly.

creamy mixture in pan

Sprinkle crushed potato chips over the mixture. 

crushed potato chips on top of casserole

Then sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.

shredded cheese sprinkled over casserole

Lightly grease or spray nonstick spray over aluminum foil (to keep the cheese from sticking) and cover the casserole. 

uncovered casserole in oven

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese gets melty and bubbly. Serve hot.

baked hobo casserole uncovered

What is a Hobo Casserole?

If you’re still not sure what a hobo casserole is, here’s a simple explanation. It’s ground meat layered with potatoes, and other ingredients to make a one-pan meal.

Slow Cooker Version

If you want to start this recipe in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner, follow the directions listed above until it’s time to add the crispy, cheesy topping. Leave those off until the last hour of cooking.

Cook on high heat for 3 hours or low heat for 7 hours. Add the crushed potato chips and shredded cheese and cook for an additional hour. This hobo casserole Crock Pot recipe makes it easy to have dinner as soon as you walk in the door after a long day. In other words, it’s the perfect weeknight meal.

hobo casserole on a plate and in a pan

More Tips to Make the Best Hobo Casserole Dinner

This is such an easy dish to make for a family dinner. Sometimes I serve it with a side dish, but other times it’s just a simple one-pan meal.

Here are a few tips to make this a successful meal:

  • If you’re serving a lot of people, feel free to double or triple the amount of all of the ingredients in the recipe. Just remember to increase the size of the baking dish so it won’t overflow.
  • Don’t be afraid to add your favorite veggies to the mixture. Just be sure to cut everything up into bite-size pieces so that they cook evenly.
  • You can also add canned vegetables. However, don’t forget to drain them first, or you’ll wind up with a watery casserole.
hobo casserole in a pan and on a plate

What to serve with Hobo Casserole

You can serve any side dish or salad with this yummy casserole. Here are some of our favorites:

Watermelon Cucumber Salad – This refreshing salad adds color and texture to your meal … and it’s absolutely delicious!

Watermelon cucumber salad with feta cheese and basil

Broccoli Slaw – You’ll love the crunchy goodness of this nutritious side dish. I love the fact that it goes with almost any main dish.

Broccoli slaw in a bowl

Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad – This delicious salad from Julia’s Simply Southern is a fresh option that you’ll want to make often.

Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad – Colorful, nutritious, and yummy, here is a salad that goes with any casserole.

Balsamic Glazed Zucchini – Add a touch of sophistication and flavor to your meal. You don’t have to tell anyone how easy this is to make.

bowl of balsamic glazed zucchini

Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes – Here is a delicious way to get everyone to eat their veggies. It’s so good!

sautéed spinach and tomatoes on a plate

Easy Casseroles

Any time you want a meal that’s delicious, satisfying, and easy, make a casserole. Most of the time, you can put the ingredients together in the morning and pop it into the oven when it’s time to cook dinner.

Even if you follow a gluten-free diet, you can enjoy a delicious dinner casserole. Here are some that we enjoy: Gluten-Free Casserole Recipes.

Yield: 8 servings

Hobo Casserole

hobo casserole in a pan

This hobo casserole is deliciously satisfying, filling, and so comforting!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large or 2 small thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (Colby, jack cheese, or cheddar cheese)
  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spray the bottom of a 7” x 11” baking pan.
  2. Brown the ground beef. Drain it and pour it into the pan. Spread it out to make an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped onions over top of beef.
  4. Place the thinly sliced potatoes over the onion.
  5. Add the desired amount of salt and pepper over the potatoes.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix soup, sour cream, and milk. Pour mixture over the salted potatoes.
  7. Sprinkle the crushed potato chips and cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Lightly spray foil with nonstick spray to prevent the cheese from sticking to it.
  9. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil and return the casserole to the oven to allow the cheese to brown. This should take about 5 minutes.
  11. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 321Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 69mgSodium 444mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 21g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Tuesday 12th of December 2023

Where the hell are the instructions for the advertised ‘crockpot’ hobo casserole? You talk ABOUT it, but no recipe. Dumb!


Thursday 14th of December 2023

Hi Chuck. You need to look at the recipe card. Either scroll down past the tips and details or click on the jump-to-recipe button beneath the title.


Monday 18th of September 2023

Hey was wondering if u know how to make shrimp gravy and rice it's a Greek recipe I believe I had it before and I want make it it's so good


Monday 18th of September 2023

Hi Heather. I've never tried the Greek version of what you're talking about, but I'll keep my eyes open for the recipe. If it turns out, I'll add it to my recipes.

Lisa Stone

Friday 4th of August 2023

If doubling how long would you bake?


Friday 4th of August 2023

Hi Lisa. If you use a larger pan, it should take about the same amount of time. I would test it to make sure it's hot all the way through.

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