Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake

Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake – comfort food at its best! Super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. The whole family cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. Ground beef, chili, sloppy joe sauce, hash browns, cheese, and french fried onions. Can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later. Chili night never tasted so good!

Originally posted December 11, 2012

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Easy Hash Brown Casserole

This Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake is comfort food at its best! Ground beef, chili, sloppy joe sauce, hash browns, cheese, and french fried onions. I mean, what’s not to like?!?!? I made this for dinner last week and we fought over the leftovers. It is SO good! This is perfect for a crisp Fall night. Serve this with some biscuits and green beans and you are set!

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How to Make Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake

This casserole is super easy to make. Brown some ground beef. Mix together the cooked meat, a can of chili, a can of sloppy joe sauce, hash browns, and cheese. Cover and bake. Remove the foil. Top with more cheese and some french fried onions and bake until bubbly.

  • Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
  • I used a can of Original Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. You can use any flavor that you prefer.
  • I used a can of Hormel chili with beans. Feel free to use a can without beans.
  • Don’t like canned chili? Here is our go-to recipe for homemade chili: https://www.plainchicken.com/firehouse-chili/
  • Can Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if cooking cold straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover and freeze until ready to bake.
    • To bake after freezing, thaw and bake as directed.
  • For a gluten-free dish, omit the french fried onions.
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What to Serve with Chili Casserole

This casserole is a favorite at our house! It is in our monthly dinner rotation this time of year. We absolutely LOVE it! Top your serving with your favorite chili toppings- sour cream, jalapeños, more cheese, and fried onions. We like to serve the chili bake with some green beans, asparagus, or a salad and some biscuits. Give this a try for your next chili night. I promise it will be a hit!

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spoonful of chili hash brown casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake – comfort food at its best! Super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. The whole family cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. Ground beef, chili, sloppy joe sauce, hash browns, cheese, and french fried onions. Can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later. Chili night never tasted so good!

Ingredients:

  • lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can Manwich sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 (15-oz) can Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • ½ (32-oz) package shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (3-oz) can french fried onions

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.  Drain fat.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, sloppy joe sauce, chili, tomato sauce, 1 cup cheese, and hash browns.
  • Spread into prepared baking dish.  Cover with foil.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil. Top casserole with remaining cheese and french fried onions. and bake for 15 more minutes. 

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
  • I used a can of Original Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. You can use any flavor that you prefer.
  • I used a can of Hormel chili with beans. Feel free to use a can without beans.
  • Don’t like canned chili? Here is our go-to recipe for homemade chili: https://www.plainchicken.com/firehouse-chili/
  • Can Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if cooking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Bake be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover and freeze until ready to bake.
    • To bake after freezing, thaw and bake as directed.

Steph

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  1. I made this awhile back. I was looking for something that was quick, but most importantly budget friendly that didn't taste… you know…. gross LOL. This recipe was PERFECT! My husband and kids loved it and it's so incredibly quick to put together, and perfectly budget friendly. We just loved this dish. I will definitely be making it again soon.

  2. Turned out pretty good. I added a half can of Mexican cheese sauce I had laying around. I think it actually mellowed out a lot of the Manwich taste. Thanks!

  3. I made this for lunch today and actually made some eggs over easy and put them on top of our servings. Served with biscuits and it was kind of like a breakfast hash. It was yummy!

  4. I would love it. My hubby doesn't like any kind of taco or casserole. Really doesn't like chili that much. What's wrong with that man?

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