A classic and one that is a staple in any recipe book that has a busy family, Hungry Jack Casserole is a dinner recipe you will want to work into the weekly menu. Brought to you by LOAR contributor Diane Bittiker, this hearty meal is an easy dinner recipe that requires ingredients you likely have stocked in your refrigerator already. So whether you are short on time, or just want to make a crowd pleasing meal, tie up your apron strings and get cooking!
Hungry Jack Casserole recipe by Diane Bittiker
I can’t lay claim to this recipe but I have been making this “kid’s favorite” for many years and it is still a big hit with all ages! I believe it may have come from Pillsbury in the 70’s. For you younger chefs and working mom’s, this is an economical tasty meal that can be put together in a very short time with the little (or big) ones helping. It is a very forgiving recipe that always seems to please the appetites!
1-2 lbs. ground beef (depends on how many growing kids you have in your household or on your team!)
1 medium onion – chopped
1 32 oz. can pork and beans
1 cup BBQ sauce
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 tube of Pillsbury Hungry Jack Biscuits (or any FLAKY biscuits)
Salt to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375º
Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Drain. Stir in the pork and beans, BBQ sauce and sugar. Salt as desired. Heat until just bubbling. Pour the mixture into a 9”x13” baking dish.
The MOST important job for your helpers is to open the biscuit tube. They LOVE it when the container “pops” open!
Help them cut the biscuits in half. Have the munchkins place the biscuits cut side down on top of the meat/bean mixture about one inch apart. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the entire casserole.
Bake 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled – depending on how many members of “the team” are coming over after the game! It is a real crowd pleaser meal!
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Posted January 20, 2009; updated November 16, 2015