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Savory Shipwreck Casserole

Savory Shipwreck Casserole
Savory Shipwreck Casserole
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The name of this easy casserole may be Savory Shipwreck Casserole, but your ship need not be in peril in order to enjoy this hearty dish. This easy ground beef casserole recipe is made from simple ingredients that come together to make a truly satisfying and comforting meal. The base of the casserole is made by layering ground beef with potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and celery. The casserole is then topped with a mixture made from tomato soup, water, and plenty of seasoning. After the casserole has baked, it is topped with Cheddar cheese for even more flavor. 
This easy casserole recipe features a lot of ingredients that help to give it a great flavor, but it couldn't be simpler to prepare. All you need to do is brown some ground beef, slice up the vegetables, and layer everything in your favorite casserole dish. Everyone in your family will love this cheesy ground beef casserole.


Learn more about the origin of shipwreck casseroles from our reader favorite recipe for Shipwreck Casserole



Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch casserole dish


  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound potatoes, thinly sliced (potatoes can be peeled if desired)
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced (carrots can be peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery (about 1 medium stalk)
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef for 10 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper at the last 5 minutes.

  3. While the meat cooks, layer the potatoes in the casserole dish. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Top the potatoes with a layer of carrots, followed by the bell pepper and celery.

  4. Transfer the meat mixture from the skillet to the casserole dish with a slotted spoon.

  5. In a bowl, combine the soup, water, Italian seasoning, and Cajun seasoning, stirring to mix. Pour the soup mixture over the vegetables and meat. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour.

  6. After 1 hour, remove the foil and check to see that the vegetables are tender. If the vegetables are not tender, return the casserole to the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Top with the cheese and continue to bake for another 10 minutes.

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