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John Wayne Casserole

John Wayne casserole is cozy comfort food at its best. You’re going to love the Southwestern flavor of this hearty family classic. This is one of my favorite easy ground beef recipes!

Baking Dish with John Wayne Casserole Recipe

Easy John Wayne Casserole Recipe

Have you ever thumbed through one of your Grandma’s old church cookbooks?

If so, you’ve likely spied a funny-sounding dish called John Wayne casserole.

This layered casserole is a warm, comforting, and flavorful family dinner. Because of this, it’s also a recipe that I return to over and over again.

Baked Ground Beef Casserole

Why is it Called John Wayne Casserole?

So, how did this funny ground beef casserole get its name?

After doing a little research, I found that John Wayne contributed this casserole recipe to a 1979 cookbook titled, Cooking with Love from Cara and Her Friends, compiled by an author named Cara Connery.

Of course, I can’t verify this legend, but it’s a nice story!

John Wayne Casserole on a Plate

How to Make John Wayne Casserole

As you may have guessed by the title of this blog, I really appreciate great casserole recipes. This one is easy to make, following the instructions below.

John Wayne Casserole Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned, crumbled and drained
  • 1 ( 1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cups of water
  • a small onion, sliced thin in about 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin in about 1-inch pieces
  • 2 ¼ cups Bisquick
  • ⅔ cup of water
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 4-oz. can diced green chiles
Ground Beef John Wayne Casserole

Cooking Method

  • First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Next, in a 12-inch skillet, brown the ground beef until thoroughly cooked, then drain and return to the skillet.  Add ¾ cup water, the taco seasoning packet and bring to a boil. Add the onion and the peppers. Turn down the heat and simmer for three to five minutes, or until the onions and peppers begin to soften. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the biscuit mix and ⅔ cup water to make a soft dough. Now, press the dough into the bottom and up the sides about ½ inch in the prepared baking dish. The dough is sticky, so I used parchment paper to press it out on the bottom. Because of this, I also used a spatula to bring it up the sides. John Wayne casserole is all about layers, so, get ready to create your dish!
  • Now you’ll want to use a small mixing bowl to combine the mayonnaise, the sour cream, and half the cheese. Set aside.
Ground Beef Casserole in a Dish
  • Spread the beef mixture evenly over the biscuit layer. Evenly layer the sliced tomatoes over the beef mixture. Evenly layer the green chilies over the tomatoes. Evenly spread the sour cream mixture over the green chilies.
  • Finally, top with remaining cheese. Bake your John Wayne casserole for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Casserole In a Dish with Cheese

You’re going to love this tasty ground beef casserole recipe.

Be sure to drop me a comment if you make it for your family, and Pin it while you’re here!

Easy Family Casserole with Ground Beef

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John Wayne Casserole

John Wayne Casserole

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Creamy and spicy, this classic John Wayne casserole is the ultimate family meal or potluck dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned, crumbled and drained
  • 1 1-oz. packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cups water
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin in about 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin in about 1 inch pieces
  • 2 ¼ cups Bisquick mix
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 4-oz. can green chiles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet brown the ground beef until thoroughly cooked, then drain and return to the skillet. Add ¾ cup water, the taco seasoning packet and bring to a boil. Add the onion and the peppers. Turn down the heat and simmer for three to five minutes, or until  the onions and peppers begin to soften. Set aside
  3. In  a small bowl mix together the biscuit mix and ⅔ cup water to make a soft dough. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides about ½ inch in the prepared baking dish. The dough was a little sticky so I used parchment paper to press it out on the bottom, and I used a spatula to bring it up the sides.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, the sour cream and half the cheese. Set aside.
  5. Spread the ground beef mixture evenly over the biscuit layer. Evenly layer the sliced tomatoes over ground beef mixture. Evenly layer the green chilies over the tomatoes. Evenly spread the sour cream mixture over the green chilies. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 575 Total Fat: 38g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 115mg Sodium: 856mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 33g

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  1. There’s a similar dish on the back of bisquick boxes called Impossible Taco Pie, made with these ingredients, except you pour the batter over the top of the meat mixture and cook it, topping it with the cheese, half way thru. Then top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and more of the cheese. Cut into portions and serve.

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