Here's an old school casserole recipe when you simply don't know what to make for dinner. No fancy ingredients in this one. I will admit I have absolutely no idea why it's called Hungry Jack but I will roll with it.
I mean it's basically a Beef Casserole that mothers across the nation have been making for decades. The only reference I see out there to Hungry Jack is a restaurant chain in Australia. Very similar to our Burger King chain of restaurants.
I really wasn't sure how this recipe would turn out. I've experimented with many "old recipes" over the years and most of them are just not up to today's standards. Well if you are reading this post, it turned out pretty dang good.
As you can see in the pictures, this recipe is similar to chili with a crusty top thanks to the biscuits.
What I love about a simple recipe like this is that it provides a foundation to build upon. This is one of those recipes that you can easily modify to your liking. Like maybe adding green chilies. Yum!
Think about it. Instead of beef you can use ground turkey or even ground chicken. Substitute the onion for peppers or maybe use a different kind of bean. Change the flavor up with a different type of BBQ sauce. Whatever your heart desires.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Hungry Jack Beef Casserole recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Yellow Onion, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Cloves, Baked Beans, Diced Tomatoes, BBQ Sauce, Brown Sugar, Buttermilk Biscuits and Cheddar Cheese.
🥣 How to Make Hungry Jack Beef Casserole
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a skillet, combine ground beef, diced onion, salt & pepper, and cook until onions are soft. Add minced garlic. Mix well.
Add beans, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and heat until bubbly.
Put mixture into a shallow casserole. Separate biscuits and cut into halves. Put biscuits on top of the beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
Hungry Jack Beef Casserole
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 15 oz Baked Beans
- 15 oz Diced Tomatoes
- ¾ Cup BBQ Sauce
- ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Can Buttermilk Biscuits
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a skillet, combine ground beef, diced onion, salt & pepper, and cook until onions are soft. Add minced garlic. Mix well.
- Add beans, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and heat until bubbly.
- Put mixture into a shallow casserole. Separate biscuits and cut into halves. Put biscuits on top of the beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.