Wednesday, May 1, 2013

John Wayne Casserole

You'll never believe it, but this casserole originated in a hospital cafeteria. It's definitely the best cafeteria food I've ever eaten. It's full of great flavors and ingredients--cheese, ground beef, biscuits-- a bit of everything! My family prefers it without the onion, peppers, and tomatoes, so I make it without them, but I'm sure it's just as delicious with them added in. Tell me how you like it!

John Wayne Casserole


  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (or more--add as much as you want!) cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno pepper


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions, and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, and half of onions, and set aside.

4. Stir biscuit mix and water (directions on box) to form soft dough. Pat dough on bottom and one-half-inch up the sides of an 11x17-inch greased casserole dish

5. Saute remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender

6. On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomato slices, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese.

7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned.


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