Post originally posted September 24, 2009. Updated September 11, 2018
When I first invented this easy ground beef recipe back in 2009, my kids were 3 years old and they loved to help me cook dinner. They did not love to eat dinner, but they were cool with hanging out with mom while she slaved away over the stove. They were so adorable and we were so very broke. It was then that I honed my skill at making dinner out of whatever was at hand, a skill I didn’t even know was a thing until much later in life.
Anyway, back to this easy ground beef recipe I made up when we were poor and destitute in 2009. Here’s what I like about it: 1 – it’s cheap. 2 – it’s easy 3 – it’s delicious. What does it not do? Make you thinner, but we can’t have everything. Your kids are gonna love it. My kids love it even all of these years later!
Do you have to make biscuits? No, you don’t have to, but – y’all – biscuits are easy and you can make twice as many as you can buy for the same dang price. So take 7 minutes out of your life and make some biscuits to go on top of this beef casserole.
Okay, lets talk about biscuits for a hot minute. Let me tell you the secret to making big, flaky, cat-head biscuits….folding. That’s right, FOLDING.
What do I mean by folding? Well, here’s what you are gonna do. You are gonna make your biscuit dough. You are gonna pat it out to a rough square then you are gonna fold it like a beach towel. Then you are gonna pat it out again (straight from the beach towel shape. Just press it back out) and fold it all up like a towel again. Then you are gonna press it back out and then you are gonna cut out your biscuits and place them so that they “kiss”. This helps them get as big and fluffy as they can.
There. Now you know the secret to good Southern biscuits. You can now impress all of your Californian friends.
The rest of this recipe is a cinch. Brown your beef add in everything else. Boom – dinner.
More ground beef recipes:
- 1.5 lb ground chuck
- 1 chopped onion
- 4 chopped carrots
- 1 large chopped bell pepper
- 1 T dried Italian seasoning
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 16 oz canned tomato sauce
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup cold butter or lard
- about a cup of buttermilk could be more or less
- 1/2 cup cheddar
- 1 t. garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400. In a skillet, add beef, carrots, onion, bell pepper to pan and cook until beef is brown and veggies are soft. Drain.
- Meanwhile, In a large bowl,use a box grater to grate the butter into the flour. Mix with your hands until well incorporated. Stir in cheese and garlic powder. Then add buttermilk until a dough comes together. Turn out on to a floured surface and lightly knead, then pat out and cut into biscuits with a biscuit cutter.
- In another bowl, combine remaining filling ingredients then pour into a casserole dish. Starting in the middle, place biscuits on top making sure they touch each other until you have covered most of the top of the casserole.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until tops of biscuits are lightly browned. Serve with a salad and enjoy!