Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is absolutely the weirdest recipe I've ever encountered......I got this from my 1st ex-DH, actually from his Mom...I cannot justify it by normal means, but I have to tell you that it is requested by my family on a weekly basis...My ex-MIL was a very young cook when she married and had kids, and I think this was her attempt at some sort of a "Shepherd's Pie" (although upside-down), except that her husband was an insanely picky eater, so she came up with this out of necessity....which turned out to be a favorite of that family. So here it is...It really is quite tasty! It's a "keeper" in my household now. NOTE: I have added a few touches just to add some extra flavor, but the general idea is still there! (The original recipe consisted of ONLY 3 ingredients: green beans, mashed potatoes and ground beef. Period.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground chuck and saute onions at the same time in a skillet. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and roughly quarter 4-6 potatoes and boil for 20 minutes until fork tender. (I add 1 tablespoons salt to the water.) Drain, and then mash potatoes and add butter, milk, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  3. Also, cook the 2 cans of green beans (drained VERY WELL) in 1 tablespoons butter, over medium-low heat.
  4. In a 2 quart casserole dish, pour all green beans in the bottom and spread evenly. (Salt and pepper to taste.).
  5. Then spread prepared mashed potatoes on top, sprinkle with paprika and add the cheese.
  6. Then spread beef mixture on top.
  7. Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes, until heated through.
Most Helpful

I made this for my husband for dinner tonight and he really enjoyed it. I added some garlic powder and cajun spice to the meat and, as did scimietta99, I layered the casserole differently: meat, great beans, potatoes and then cheese. DH already requested that I make this again. A keeper for sure for those busy weeknights.

Out of the Blue November 11, 2008

Yes, we give it the 'thumbs up' - only alterion I made was to put the layers in a different order. First I did the beans, then the beef and put the potatoes on top with the cheese sprinkled over! This meant the cheese was bubbly and golden brown instead of just melted inside! The combination of ingredients were really nice - also economical and simple to make. (which is always a bonus). Thanks - this is another kid friendly recipe that will stay in my keeper file. x

scimietta99 October 03, 2008

This recipe has a lot of potential, but didn't wow us as written. It was pretty bland, though I did add garlic and black pepper. We've been talking about ways to adapt to our tastes -- I will try this again, with fajita or chili seasoning on the ground beef, bell peppers added, possibly add some diced bacon, and use mexicorn instead of or mixed with the green beans. We like lots of flavor!

JeannaLW October 02, 2008