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Ground Beef and Potato Skillet

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Seasoned ground beef and bacon are layered with potatoes and cheese for a skillet dinner recipe the entire family will love. This easy recipe cooks up in just one pan for easy clean up as well!

ground beef and potato in skillet

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Are you ready for comfort food at its best? This ground beef and potatoes skillet recipe is about to become your new favorite meal!

Why I love this recipe

This is one of my favorite ground beef recipes! Like my ground beef Mongolian noodles, ground beef and rice recipe, and creamy sausage pasta, it’s easy and delicious!

  • you need only a few pantry staple ingredients
  • this dish only uses one skillet so clean up is easy
  • these is a ton of flavor in this recipe so it tastes amazing

Ingredients

ground beef and potato skillet ingredients
  • potatoes
  • ground beef
  • bacon
  • onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • ground mustard
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • milk
  • colby jack cheese

Step by step

This is a very easy recipe but I will walk you through step by step to make it even easier. Feel free to skip to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe card.

collage of layering potatoes and meat in skillet
  1. Cut potatoes into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. Chop the bacon into one inch pieces and brown in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. (I use my cast iron pan.)
  3. Remove the bacon to a bowl and brown the ground beef. Drain all the fat and grease from the pan and add the bacon back in.
  4. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is softened.
  5. Add the Worcestershire sauce and seasonings and stir to mix.
  6. Push the meat mixture to one side of the skillet and layer potatoes on the bottom of the skillet. Move meat to cover the potatoes and layer the slices on the opposite side so the entire bottom of the pan is covered.
  7. Layer remaining potatoes on the top of the meat.
  8. Pour milk over the skillet, then add cheese over the top of the potatoes.
  9. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Tent the top with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is golden and potatoes are fork tender.
collage of making potato ground beef skillet

Tips for best results

  • If you use very lean ground beef you may not need to drain the skillet of excess grease before adding the onion.
  • Be sure to use a large skillet so you have room for everything!
  • Slice the russet potatoes thinly so they cook through. Thicker slices may need to bake longer. You do not need to peel the potatoes.
  • You can make this as a hamburger and potato casserole as well by cooking the meat on the stovetop, then transferring everything to the casserole dish starting with a layer of potato slices, then meat mixture, etc.
close up of ground beef and potato in skillet

Recipe variations & substitutions

  • add sliced mushrooms to the hamburger meat mixture
  • use cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese instead of colby jack
  • use ground turkey or ground chicken to lighten up the recipe

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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cheesey ground beef and potatoes in cast iron skillet

Ground Beef and Potato Skillet


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Description

Seasoned ground beef and bacon are layered with potatoes and cheese for a skillet dinner recipe the entire family will love. This easy recipe cooks up in just one pan for easy clean up as well!


Ingredients

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  • 11.5 lb ground beef
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese
  • green onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut potatoes into very thin slices. Set aside.
  3. Chop the bacon into one inch pieces and brown in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. (I use my cast iron pan.)
  4. Remove the bacon to a bowl and brown the ground beef. Drain and add the bacon back in.
  5. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is softened.
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce and seasonings and stir to mix.
  7. Push the meat mixture to one side of the skillet and layer potatoes on the bottom of the skillet. Move meat to cover the potatoes and layer the slices on the opposite side so the entire bottom of the pan is covered.
  8. Layer remaining potatoes on the top of the meat.
  9. Pour milk over the skillet, then add cheese over the top of the potatoes.
  10. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Tent the top with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is golden and potatoes are fork tender.

Notes

  • If you use very lean ground beef you may not need to drain the skillet of excess grease before adding the onion.
  • Be sure to use a large skillet so you have room for everything!
  • Slice the russet potatoes thinly so they cook through. Thicker slices may need to bake longer. You do not need to peel the potatoes.
  • You can make this as a hamburger and potato casserole as well by cooking the meat on the stovetop, then transferring everything to the casserole dish starting with a layer of potato slices, then meat mixture, etc.

adapted from masonfit.com

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 5.5 g
  • Sodium: 611.7 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4 g
  • Protein: 27.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 60.6 mg

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7 Comments

  1. My family and I thought it was too much Worcestershire to where it overwhelmed the dish. I think with just a touch of it it would have been great!






  2. Perfect casserole! Not overwhelming with seasoning, just enough to pull everything together. This recipe has become a stable in our household for simplicity and wonderful taste as well. Yum!






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