If you came here looking for a few tasty casserole recipes, you’re in luck! I found so many fantastic options that I just couldn’t narrow it down.
I started looking for juicy chicken dishes before moving on to beef and pasta recipes.
Then I fell into a deep Pinterest hole, and my grocery list got longer and longer.
From cheesy fiesta chicken and cajun shrimp to classic baked ziti and a kid-friendly tater tot casserole, there’s no way you won’t find something to try on this list of 50 casserole recipes.
We’ve got a lot to get through, so let’s jump right in.
I don’t know if there is a better combination than potatoes, cheese, and sour cream.
This trio works well in every form, but this hash brown recipe is extra special.
To be honest, I’d be happy with just those three ingredients. But like I said, this recipe is special!
You’ll also add onions, pepper, cream of chicken soup, and butter to make it creamy, rich, and impossible to resist.
Believe it or not, this recipe came straight from the man himself.
The story goes that John Wayne gave this recipe to the American Cancer Society to help raise money (though it didn’t contain meat).
All these years later, the layers of fluffy biscuits, ground beef, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, chilies, sour cream, and mayo are just as popular.
You may know this dish as “bacon, cheddar, ranch chicken,” and you may also know that it’s incredibly addictive.
This casserole version includes pasta, making it a filling meal all in one pot.
Instead of the usual cheese sauce, you might make for mac and cheese, this recipe calls for dry ranch seasoning, condensed cream of chicken soup, and cream cheese.
Making your own teriyaki sauce is easier than you think, and it’s a lovely addition to this shredded chicken, steamed vegetable, and rice casserole.
Since you’ll cook the chicken with the sauce, it will seep in and caramelize for maximum flavor.
Plus, you’ll add a little more right at the end to ensure everything is moist and tender.
If you’re in a rush, feel free to use a bag of microwavable, steamed veggies.
Can you believe this sensational and flavorful casserole needs just 5 minutes of prep?
I couldn’t either, so I had to make it myself (a few times!) just to be sure.
You’ve probably guessed the secret: leftover rotisserie chicken. It’s extra juicy and the perfect way to speed up your dinner prep.
Another great shortcut in this recipe is the use of uncooked rice. Mix it in and let it cook in the oven, soaking up all that amazing flavor.
If you always ask for the baked potato when you go to a steak house, you’ll love this simple baked potato casserole.
It has everything you would expect, including potatoes, bacon, and cheese. But it also has a layer of creamy chicken for a boost of protein.
If you’re not too full from the potato casserole from dinner, you’ll have to try this terrific blueberry French toast casserole for breakfast!
This recipe is one of my all-time favorites because it includes sweet cream cheese, so it tastes like blueberry cheesecake.
The key to the best ever French toast casserole is to make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
This gives the bread time to soak up the custard.
Between the tortilla chips, cheese, and spicy ground beef, you could say this dish is like an overloaded tray of nachos.
It has all the same great flavors and superb crunch, and you can scatter over some corn and chopped jalapeños to finish.
Serve it with a big bowl of Chipotle guacamole and plenty of napkins.
Pierogies are another form of dumpling that can be served either sweet or savory.
However, I think they’re most commonly done with mashed potato and ground meat filling.
You can usually find them ready-made in the freezer aisle, and I think the cheesy ones are the best.
This casserole is sort of a hybrid gnocchi-lasagna-pasta bake, in that it’s full of potato and cheese sauce, as well as being layered.
In fact, I think this would be extra tasty if you added a layer of meat sauce!
Since casseroles are assembled and baked in one dish, you’ll mostly find them saucy, juicy, and very tender.
And that’s great! But I do miss a bit of crunch sometimes, which is why this recipe is such a winner.
All you’ll need to do is add a layer of crispy onions to the top once it’s cooked through. They’ll add great texture as well as heaps of flavor.
The idea behind cowboy casseroles is that they should be super filling, warm and comforting, and packed with western flavors.
You’ll brown the ground beef to start before mixing in a cup of corn, cream of mushroom soup (or your preferred flavor), cheese, milk, sour cream, onion powder, pepper, and cooked bacon.
As if all that isn’t enough, you’ll cover the whole thing with tater tots! The kids will go nuts over this one.
This casserole is ultra-cheesy, full of ground beef, and super hearty, thanks to the pasta.
You could actually make two meals with this if you double up on the first 14 ingredients.
Make a double batch of the beef and seasonings and use half to make a quick shepherd’s pie.
Then, all you’ll need is to add in some frozen mixed veggies and top it with mashed potatoes.
Even though this is called “ground beef” casserole, you could so easily swap that out for pork or turkey if you want it a little leaner.
The Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce will add richness, so you probably won’t miss that deep beef flavor.
This is also a great recipe to add vegetables to. Just dice them nice and small, and you’ll hardly notice they’re there.
Although making enchiladas can be a bit messy, the taste is well worth the extra effort.
But what if you could make an enchilada casserole in half the time?
Just blend some sour cream with salsa and taco seasoning, and then mix that with torn tortilla pieces, cooked chicken, cheese, and diced onion.
Bake for 30 minutes with extra cheese on top and serve when it’s still bubbling.
Starting your day off with a big breakfast is ideal if you want enough energy to make it to lunch.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have time to make a batch of pancakes or French toast.
If you make this sausage and hash brown casserole the night before, you can have a full belly in less than 45 minutes.
After one bite of this, I’m confident you’ll add it to your weekly meal planning.
Tater tots are beloved by kids and a guilty pleasure of most adults, so you know this will be devoured in no time.
Tots are also pretty cheap, which means this casserole is nice and hearty, but light on your wallet.
If you need to feed a crowd and have your heart set on meatball subs, I have you covered!
This recipe is so clever and a terrific way to feed a whole room of hungry mouths without the mess of making individual sandwiches.
The real star of the dish has to be the creamy ricotta layer. I also recommend you brush the bread with garlic butter.
Those cheese and beef pasta casseroles above might be delicious, but they’re also incredibly rich and full of calories.
So, this recipe is a great middle-ground for those of you looking for something lighter and with less dairy.
It does include cream of mushroom soup, but it’s not overloaded with sour cream and cheese.
We might be going from one extreme to the other here.
Where the above recipe is low in its dairy content, this chicken casserole is brimming with it!
From cream cheese and cottage cheese to sour cream, cream of chicken soup, crushed Ritz crackers, and butter, this is one rich meal.
Once the big day is done and the food is covered in the fridge, I like to spend a little time looking for fun (and easy) ways to use up my holiday leftovers.
Turkey is a big one, and I can only eat so many sandwiches.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s not full of the same Thanksgiving flavors.
Instead of sweet cranberries and sage stuffing, this is loaded with mushrooms and cheese for something a little different.
This Tex-Mex feast couldn’t be easier to throw together.
I like to make this using Doritos because they always have a more pronounced flavor. The Spicy Nacho flavor is my favorite!
I also use a spicy salsa and added jalapeños, but you can keep this mild with cheesy chips and simple salsa.
Here’s another cost-effective casserole that will feed a crowd.
We all know that pasta is nice and cheap, and most of the ingredients on this list are inexpensive pantry staples.
But I think we often overlook the humble can of tuna. Or, you could use canned salmon, too, if that’s more to your tastes.
Tacos might be “walking” food, but casserole?
This recipe gets its name from the fact you can make up the components and then serve it right in a bag of Fritos.
Of course, if you want to serve it for dinner, a casserole dish would work just as well.
Just looking at the picture for this recipe gets me excited!
This casserole has everything I love about fall and more, including roasted squash, crisp apples, sage and thyme, peppery red onion, and lovely warm spices.
It’s also covered with a delicious pecan and bacon top.
I’m not sure why, but I never buy summer squash.
I think I mostly gravitate towards zucchini and butternut, which is a shame because this stuff is so sunny!
Other than corn, this might be the brightest dish on the list.
Yellow squash tastes just like zucchini, and the two are pretty much interchangeable.
You might’ve noticed that many of these casserole recipes use cream of “something” soup for richness and flavor.
I’m ok with that, but if you want something a bit lower in sodium, this is the recipe for you.
Instead of the canned stuff, you’ll make a simple creamy sauce of your own using milk, cream, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
I’m all for shortcuts, and this recipe has a few great ones!
Again, you’ll use cream of mushroom soup for a nice sauce and added flavor, plus frozen pre-diced onions to save on time.
For the fastest option, try using cooked rice, be it your own or store-bought.
Otherwise, you’ll need to increase the liquid and cooking time significantly.
As much as I love meat sauce with Italian seasonings, I prefer Tex-Mex style chili with a bit of spice, corn, and beans.
This is a fabulous way to use up leftover chili and is also perfect if you don’t want it with rice.
I like to add roasted sweet potato to make it extra starchy, along with lots of extra jalapeños!
I love pizza, but societal norms suggest we shouldn’t have it every day.
This might not be pizza, but it has all the same flavors, which should be enough to fool your tastebuds!
Since that steak is pretty expensive, I like this cheaper version of a cheesesteak.
It uses ground beef, so you’ll still have that rich flavor, and it also mixes nicely into the pasta.
That being said, if you want it to be more authentic, try this recipe.
It uses rib-eye, which is a pricey cut, but since you’ll slice it super thin, a little goes a long way.
Bulk Italian sausage is available in most supermarkets these days, and you can usually find it at the butcher counter, too.
When it’s cooked, it’s a lot like ground beef; only it has the seasonings mixed in already.
I’ve also made this using frozen sausage patties, which I broke up with a wooden spoon.
Similarly, you can buy regular sausages and simply remove the casings.
This is an excellent option if you want to use something different, like chicken sausage.
Sweet potato casserole works well with chicken, turkey, pork, and beef.
It’s savory yet sweet, with a lovely pecan crunch topping that would even taste great with some flaky fish.
Since mashed sweet potato freezes well, I recommend making a big batch and storing what you don’t use away for another day.
That way, you’ll have it ready to go next time you need a quick casserole or side dish.
A Reuben is a classic sandwich made using corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing.
It’s almost always served on rye bread, and it needs to be grilled/toasted.
This recipe gives the sandwich a twist, adding an egg mixture, so it’s great for breakfast or lunch, too.
You’ll layer up the rye with the pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut, and dressing before covering it like you would bread pudding.
Lasagna is comfort food at its finest, but have you ever tried Tex-Mex lasagna?
Instead of pasta, you’ll use tortillas to break up the layers, and rather than ground beef and tomato sauce, this recipe calls for shredded chicken with Rotel tomatoes.
Of course, a Tex-Mex dish wouldn’t be complete without beans and corn, and it’s best served with a big dollop of guacamole.
Named for the star, Luisa Tetrazzini, this American dish almost always contains diced chicken, mushrooms, and a cheese sauce.
It’s also usually made with spaghetti rather than penne, making it slightly different from the standard pasta bakes.
This recipe calls for turkey as a way to use up leftovers, but you can use chicken or shrimp if you prefer.
Green beans can be a hard sell to some kids, so finding recipes that make them more exciting is essential.
In this dish, you’ll make a creamy mushroom sauce using soup (use chicken if you like), as well as adding crispy onions to the top.
How could they resist?
Lasagna is hearty, warm, and full of nostalgia, but it can also take a long time to prep if you make everything from scratch.
Using store-bought marinara will take all the guesswork out of the meat sauce, and all you need to do is mix in the beef or pork.
The cheese layer is also nice and straightforward. Instead of making cheese sauce, you’ll blend ricotta with mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and eggs.
Stuffed pasta shells look terrific when you serve them up. Unfortunately, they take a while to put together.
Instead, why not make this simplified version using smaller shells?
As you mix it all up, the filling will make its way into the pasta anyway, and it will taste just as good!
Cheese and beef go hand in hand, so you can guarantee that this dish will be gobbled up in no time.
Although the recipe doesn’t call for it, I recommend adding some spices to the beef as it cooks with the onions.
Steak seasoning would be a great option or even just some seasoned salt.
Being a potato lover, I probably make this casserole recipe once a month at least. It’s essentially mashed potatoes with all the fixings!
Thanks to the evaporated milk, sour cream, and salt and pepper, the potatoes are wonderfully light, tender, and super flavorful.
Just don’t be shy with the toppings. You can never have too much cheese and bacon.
Baked ziti is one of those casseroles you see at every potluck or family gathering.
The reason being, it’s tasty, inexpensive, super easy to make, and people love it!
It’s especially kid-friendly because the sauce is very cheesy, unlike many pasta bakes that use more rich tomato sauces.
Tamales are a wonderful Mexican dish made using corn dough and fillings of meats, beans, and cheese.
When you don’t have time to make and wrap a big batch, this casserole is the next best thing.
The base is cornbread, which has the same kind of flavor but is more substantial to hold the filling better.
The ingredient list for the recipe is pretty long, but everything serves a purpose, so try not to leave anything out.
The creamy base is made with cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, white wine (which you can swap for chicken broth if you want), lemon juice, curry powder, tarragon, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper.
Blend that together and then mix in the chicken, broccoli, and cheese.
For the best finish, use Ritz Crackers for the topping. They add so much incredible buttery flavor.
This is one of the easiest on the list and is one I’ve made a few times when I was too lazy to make anything else.
The truth is, I love ramen noodles and have them often as a snack.
But if you need something a little more filling, just add in some frozen veggies, leftover chicken, and cream of chicken soup.
In my house, we never have leftover everything bagels. When they’re fresh, I’ll have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
If you do happen to have some, give this casserole a try.
The last time I made this, I left out the tomatoes and peppers and just used the classic bacon and egg flavors, and it was still so good.
It might just be my imagination, but I don’t feel as stuffed after eating spaghetti.
That’s why I like this casserole so much. It’s like a lighter version of the pasta bake.
I made this spaghetti casserole because I was craving lasagna but ran out of pasta sheets. Little did I know it would become my new favorite.
Here we have another fantastic low-carb version of a classic.
If you like that loaded potato casserole from above but wished it was a touch healthier, this one’s for you.
I like to roast my cauliflower to enhance the flavor, but if you choose to boil or steam, be sure to drain it well. Any excess liquid will ruin the cheese sauce.
As with most Cajun recipes, this casserole is full of onions, garlic, lemon, pepper, and plenty of spice.
If you don’t like okra, just leave it out and maybe throw in some celery if you want.
To boost the heat, go ahead and add a few splashes of hot sauce, and I also like to use Old Bay when I’m cooking shrimp.
Though you can technically mash any potato once it’s cooked, the best options are either Russet or Yukon Gold.
Some other varieties can turn too dry or too mushy.
If you have the time, baking the potatoes will help lock in the nutrients (which you’ll typically lose when boiling them).
Also, if you don’t mind the added texture, why not leave the skins on too? That’s where most of the good stuff is!
This recipe is more than 200 years old, and though it originated in the North of England, you’ll find variations of the “hotpot” all over the UK.
At its core, it’s a slow-cooked lamb casserole (use beef if you prefer) made with onions and carrots.
There’s a simple gravy, and the whole thing gets topped with sliced potatoes.
The bottom layer of potatoes will soak up the lamb and vegetable flavors, while the top will turn beautifully golden and crisp.
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