John Wayne Casserole

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Prepare yourself for a hearty and comforting dish with John Wayne Casserole. This easy-to-make casserole is a crowd-pleaser that combines ground beef, creamy sauce, and a cornbread topping for a satisfying meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious meal that the whole family will love, John Wayne Casserole is the perfect choice. With its savory ground beef base, creamy and cheesy filling, and flavorful cornbread topping, this casserole is a comforting dish that is sure to satisfy your hunger and warm your soul.

How to Make John Wayne Casserole


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cornbread mix
  • 1 (4 ounce) can of diced green chilies
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, sliced black olives


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain any excess grease.
  3. Add the diced onion and bell pepper to the skillet with the ground beef, and cook until softened.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, cornbread mix, and diced green chilies. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the ground beef mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  6. Pour the cream mixture over the ground beef, spreading it out evenly.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until heated through and the top is golden brown.
  8. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Garnish with optional toppings like diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, and black olives.

How to Serve John Wayne Casserole

Serve this casserole hot, straight from the oven, as a main dish accompanied by a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

How to Store John Wayne Casserole

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Tips to Make John Wayne Casserole

  • Customize the casserole by adding your favorite vegetables or spices to the ground beef mixture.
  • Make it ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake for a quick and convenient meal option.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese for varied flavors and textures.


For a spicier version, use pepper jack cheese and add jalapeños or hot sauce to the ground beef mixture for an extra kick.


  1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef? Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for a leaner option.
  2. What can I serve with John Wayne Casserole? It pairs well with a side of garlic bread or a green salad.
  3. Can I freeze this casserole? Yes, assemble the casserole without baking, then cover and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking according to the recipe.

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