I came up with this the day before payday, trying to come up with something using only the ingredients I had on hand. Turns out, it's now a favorite anyone who tries it. You can also adjust the ingredients according to what you have in the cabinet and your family's personal tastes. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, poultry seasoning, and thyme. Cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Drain, and transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish, or large casserole dish.

  • Arrange 2 layers of sliced potato over the ground beef, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat, and saute the onions and mushrooms until tender. Spread over the top of the potatoes.

  • Stir just enough water into the soup to make it pourable, and spoon over the top of the casserole, making sure to spread out evenly. Scatter the cracker crumbs over the top, and sprinkle with paprika. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven, until the potatoes are soft. Remove the aluminum foil, and return to the oven to brown the top, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

500 calories; protein 23.9g; carbohydrates 55.6g; fat 20.7g; cholesterol 72.3mg; sodium 630.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2009
After tasting it in my head I didn't like the idea of cumin poultry seasoning and thyme. So I used cumin chili powder and oregano. I also added a layer of grated cheddar cheese between and on top of the layers of potatoes. To keep with the southwest flavors I seemed to be building I added a can of diced green chiles to the cream of chicken soup. This was a great budget meal and we liked it quite a bit. Thanks Jeslynn! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2005
My husband actually said he would rate this 1 1/2 stars, but I was a bit more forgiving. There is way too much poultry seasoning. I think I would cut it in half. I love the basic idea of the recipe though. Next time I will probably add soem parmesan cheese in the middle and instead of saltine crackers, I will use ritz. But the cooking time was excellent and I personally thought the overall taste wasn't too bad. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2009
After tasting it in my head I didn't like the idea of cumin poultry seasoning and thyme. So I used cumin chili powder and oregano. I also added a layer of grated cheddar cheese between and on top of the layers of potatoes. To keep with the southwest flavors I seemed to be building I added a can of diced green chiles to the cream of chicken soup. This was a great budget meal and we liked it quite a bit. Thanks Jeslynn! Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2005
My husband actually said he would rate this 1 1/2 stars, but I was a bit more forgiving. There is way too much poultry seasoning. I think I would cut it in half. I love the basic idea of the recipe though. Next time I will probably add soem parmesan cheese in the middle and instead of saltine crackers, I will use ritz. But the cooking time was excellent and I personally thought the overall taste wasn't too bad. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2006
Empty wallet indeed! LOL I only had ONE potato and one can sliced potatos so that's what I used. Topped with Ritz crackers. Very good for a simple dish. Picky hubby polished it off. Right up his alley.. meat & taters. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
This was great for that day before payday meal. And you really can change it up according to what you have on hand. Las time I made it I had no potatoes and used pasta. It was still tasty. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
I love this as a "base recipe" - if you use your imagination and whatever happens to be in the cupboard the possibilities are endless. I added a serrano pepper (seeds and all) to the sauteeing onions along with garlic and more spices. I only used 1 can of soup but next time I'll use 2. My family loved it and there was just a small bit leftover (and it made an excellent breakfast!). Also be sure to spice up your ground beef as you brown it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2005
Great recipe!!! Easy to substitute ingredients. Instead of crackers use cheez-its. It's super yummy and easy clean-up. (add some melted cheese during browning time!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2011
this was simple and good! it was a great change to all of the holiday food we've been eating! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
I didn't use the mushrooms since my husband doesn't like. Also didn't cook the onions before baking. The poultry seasoning was a bit much & too overpowering. The paprika I would have left off also. Not bad but not a definite keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2007
This was just about the most flavorful casserole recipe I've made. Everyone wanted seconds. My 2 year old granddaughter kept saying "mmmm good". Read More
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