Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Another recipe from "Don't Panic- Dinner's in the Freezer"- with some alterations. The original recipe calls for cheese sprinkled on top and canned veggies. I have always made it without cheese and never missed it- it is very flavorful. I like to use frozen veggies rather than canned whenever possible. I have used frozen corn, and frozen veggie medley but prefer peas in this recipe. This can be made as a large casserole or as individual pot pies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef with the onions, drain. Add salt, pepper, garlic. Spread beef evenly in bottom of 8 x 8 casserole dish.
  2. Layer veggies on top of the beef, followed by tomato soup and picante sauce. Top with mashed potatoes.
  3. OAMC- Allow to cool completely, then wrap and freeze.
  4. To serve, thaw completely if frozen and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until heated through.


Most Helpful

Whoops! I just now noticed that the recipe says 16 oz of peas... I used 6 oz (1.5 cups). Not sure if I would like more than 2-3 cups though so maybe that was a good thing. I have another recipe that is similar to this one but the picante sauce is different. I have a homemade mild salsa that I used. Worked perfect! (Haven't tried freezing it yet. Not really sure how to freeze cassaroles without using disposable aluminum.

Chef Tweaker December 14, 2011

Hubby liked this but I didn't care for it much so I'm giving it 3 stars to kind of compromise on both of our reviews of it. Thanks for posting.

SoNottaCook September 21, 2009

Our whole family loved this! I took your advice and didn't use any cheese topping; it was just great without it, and I also used frozen peas as you suggested. The filling was especially good -- mixing the picante sauce with the tomato soup concentrate made a delicious filling and it could be altered to suit one's taste by using different flavors of picante sauce such as mild, medium or hot. I used the medium Pace's picante and it was perfect for us. We'll definitely have this again. It's tasty comfort food at its best!

TasteTester April 14, 2009

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