Beefy Au Gratin Potatoes

This is an easy slow cooker (Crock Pot) dish to make for your family, ready in just over four hours. It is a recipe that uses convenience foods which I think on occasion are perfectly fine. It can give us some breathing room in our busy lives. If you don’t like using convenience foods, then this recipe may not be for you.

Ingredients

It is a good casserole to take to family and office potlucks. This recipe was originally published as Beefy Au Gratin Potatoes in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p70. With a little searching it can be found online.

Serve the casserole with a salad and rolls, if desired.

Beefy Au Gratin Potatoes

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 package (5-1/4 ounces) au gratin potatoes or cheddar and bacon potatoes
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 cup water
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Set potato sauce mix aside. Place potatoes in a 3-quart slow cooker; top with corn. In a bowl, combine soup, water, chilies, mushrooms, pimientos and reserved sauce mix; mix well. Pour a third of the mixture over corn. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to slow cooker. Top with remaining sauce mixture. Do not stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until potatoes are tender. Add shredded cheese on top of the casserole the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Beef Au Gratin Potatoes

It is interesting to note that while all Crock Pots are slow cookers, not all slow cookers are Crock Pots. The Crock Pot has its beginnings from a lowly Bean Pot patented by Irving Naxom in the 1940s. This design was sold to Rival Manufacturing in 1970 who rebranded the device as a Crock Pot. For more about the Crock Pot check out this article in Huffington Post.

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