French Onion Beef Casserole

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This French Onion Beef Casserole will win hearts all around the dinner table. It is delicious, full of flavor and so comforting!

French onion casserole is filled with noodles, ground beef and french onion flavor. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI can’t tell you how hard it is to photograph a casserole. haha. I LOVE a good casserole. I make them all the time, but all those ingredients added together in one dish can be a difficult photography subject. 😉

That being said, don’t judge this based on the pictures. This French Onion Beef Casserole will win hearts all around the dinner table! It is delicious, full of flavor and will comfort full bellies! It is amazing, you guys! I can’t think of any other word except that it is amazing. 

French onion casserole is filled with noodles, ground beef and french onion flavor. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI am so grateful my kids typically love casseroles too. When noodles are involved at any meal they don’t ask questions. They just eat. ha! I like to serve this with a side of broccoli and it makes a complete meal for my family!

French onion casserole is filled with noodles, ground beef and french onion flavor.

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4.75 from 36 votes

French Onion Beef Casserole

Servings 6
Author Holly


  • 10 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans 10.75 ounces each cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 jar 15 ounce Lay's French Onion dip
  • 1 cup French's fried onions


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  • Cook egg noodles in a large pot of water, according to package directions. Drain.
  • Cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, until no longer pink. Drain any grease.
  • Add soups and French onion dip to beef in skillet. Stir together to combine. Gently fold in cooked egg noodles to mixture.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle fried onions evenly over top.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve warm and enjoy!




French onion casserole is filled with noodles, ground beef and french onion flavor.

Recipe adapted from: Plain Chicken

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85 thoughts on “French Onion Beef Casserole

  1. Loved this recipe, and so easy to make! I did not have french fried onions on hand, so simply added a chopped onion to the ground beef mixture as I was cooking it, and then topped the casserole with cheese before putting in the oven. The next time I made this I tried a different variation. I placed stewing beef cubes in my slow cooker, and topped with some chopped onion and a can of cream of mushroom soup and a sprinkle of garlic powder. I cooked on low for approximately 6 hours, and about a half hour before serving I stirred in the chip dip (I used half the jar). I served it with potatoes as a side dish, but it would also be delicious with pasta. Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe that I can add to my collection 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    It was good, but I would recommend adding a little milk to the mixture to make it a little thinner and creamier. You also might want to add green beans to the mixture as well. Thanks for sharing!

      1. 5 stars
        Any french onion chip dip should do. I also added sauted baby bella mushrooms, some Paula Deen seasoning ,some minced garlic, about 1/4 cup whole milk and topped with Mexican shredded cheese before i added the onions!!

    1. I live in Canada, and used “Ruffles” brand onion chip dip (425g jar) with great results in this recipe. It is usually found in the aisle where potato chips are sold.

    2. Not sure if jar available in Canada but if the little cans that are sold where you find the chips will work. I have used these also, hiwere it will take two. You could even use the french onion dip sold in the dairy dept where you find sour cream etc. I have used this When i was out if the jar or couldnt get. Hope this helps.

  3. Made this tonight. My daughter has a milk allergy so I made my own CoM soup. The whole family really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. 2/1/18
    Made this for dinner, but with some tweaks. Instead of store bought cream of mushroom soup, I made my own. It takes a little bit more time, but definitely worth it. AND instead of the jarred onion dip I made my own(16 oz. of sour cream & a packet of Lipton Onion Soup, use the French Onion if they sell it at your store) This dish was absolutely delish!

  5. This is a very tasty casserole. But I only used one can of cream of mushroom soap and added milk. I think this could use some vegetables too. I will make this again.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper. It is easy to make and is very similar to the old old recipe of meatballs and cream of mushroom soup but this is better. I am going to be serving 4 men next week this recipe and I know they’re going to go for seconds. I’ll probably have some steamed peas to include a vegetable.

  7. 5 stars
    Not normally a fan of onion flavors but this casserole is awesome! Onion is not overwhelming. My grandkids even loved it!

  8. 5 stars
    So easy and simple to make! Found it on Pintrest and we love it. I only doubled the ground beef for my family to give it a little more heft, other than that, made it exactly as written. Thank you for another great weeknight dinner that I can prep ahead of time and save time!

  9. I added some chopped asparagus to the hamburger noodle mix, just to add some green. I served it with sautéed garlic spinach.

  10. 4 stars
    I added some fresh onions, green onions, fresh garlic, pinch of cayenne pepper, onion and garlic powder to the groun beef. I added corn and used deans french onion dip in refrigated section instead. Baked it for 25min. It was creamy and moist. It was really good.

  11. 5 stars
    This was delicious, I made it exactly according to the recipe! Even my picky eaters loved it. It’s not very often I find something my family of 5 will all eat and request again. My 11 year old even asked if we can have it again this week! Definitely adding this to our regular menu rotation.

  12. 5 stars
    I have made this and it is a keeper in our house. I am going to add some french fried jalapenos with the french fried onions for a little zip.

  13. 4 stars
    I used this recipe as inspiration. My version substituted potatoes and green beans (parboiled) instead of noodles. I’m not a fan of canned soups so I made a roux, adding beef bouillon and a 16 ounce carton of French Onion dip. Mixed it all together in a casserole dish with half a can of the French fried onions. Baked 30 minutes, then topped with the rest of the crispy onions and baked another 15 minutes. YUMMY.

    1. This is by no means even the same recipe. I’d say it’s even a stretch to say it’s inspired. But it sounds great. Do you have a recipe for the Roux or will any do? I’ve not made a Roux before, that I know of…

  14. 5 stars
    Added sliced mushrooms partway through cooking the beef, this was delicious! My brother had THIRDS, and the leftovers didn’t stay in the fridge long!

  15. 5 stars
    Wow this was sooooo good! I followed your recipe exactly other than the brands of ingredients and was very happy how it turned out! We will definitely be making this again!

  16. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight. I didn’t use ground beef but used a beef roast already cooked and in its juices. Also added sautéed mushrooms and the juices from the beef roast. My family loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is a keeper

  17. Don’t underestimate your photography skills! The first picture from a side view sold me! It looks so yummy, even before I read the recipe. I am sure this will become a regular quick meal option!

  18. 5 stars
    I just made this delicious casserole. My family loved it! The only change I made was to add a can of green beans, a little shredded cheese on top and seasoned the meat while cooking. Thank you!

    1. If you use a creamy French onion soup I think it would work. The French onion dip is thick, so if you don’t use the dip make sure to use a thicker soup. 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    Very simple and flavorful. I followed the recipe, but with one addition. I tossed in a big handful of frozen petite peas, for color and a bit more moisture. It was perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish.

  20. I have made this multiple times. My fAmily loves it! Today i diDnt have the Lays dip, so i used a Pint of sour cream and a packet of dry onion soup mix. It was fantastic.

  21. 3 stars
    I wish I could look at a tasty looking dish and not find it using cream of mushroom soup. I would rather use a country milk gravy or bechamel than ever use that soup. I’ve tried eating Dishes that use it and I just can’t get past the first bite before my Gag reflex kicks in. But, I think I like the cream gravy idea. I might try making this with that because I love all the other ingredients.

  22. 5 stars
    This is a recipe that my mother used to make 75 years ago. The only difference is that instead of the french fried onion rings, she used crushed potato chips to top the dish off. everything else is the same. This is a family staple in our lives. we, my husband and i like the french fried onions in the casserole, but my kids still want the potato chips. try it both ways sometime.

  23. 5 stars
    My whole family loves this recipe! I love how versatile it can be. We love it “as is”, but ive also done variations with leftovers, ect. its hard to please all three kids, and this recipe is a winner! I also love how easy and quickly i can pUt it toGether on busy days. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Sydne! I have never froze this before. I’m not too sure how it would turn out with the cream soup and french onion dip. I’m sorry! If you do let us know how it turned out 🙂

  24. 4 stars
    I made this as a quick and easy, but still good and filling meal last week. My husband, who generally doesn’t care for casseroles, took a few bites and said “i didn’t even know i needed beef and noodles until i ate this!” I’m making it again tonight because he requested it. I did add some half and half in with the sauce to make it a tiny bit thinner. otherwise, i wouldn’t change a thing. great casserole, very comforting.

  25. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe. I add lots of SAUTÉED VEGGIES (mushrooms, onion, carrots, peas) to beef up the nutrients and have tried with many different noodles and all seem to work fine (we prefer elbow). I add a bit of pasta water and a bit of milk to make Sure there is enough of the sauce to go around. Ive also tried it Using just sour cream and an oNion soup packet. All variations work weLl. Have also used TVP instead of beef for a vegetarian version. This is a weekly staple and we absoLutely love how versatile it is!

    1. DeeeLIsh!!!
      I added fresh mushrooms, corn, a sprinkle of Pantry dried Garlic!
      Used 1 can mUshroom soup and 1 can cream of celery… REMAINING ingredients
      Hubby lOves!!!
      On my company list
      Easy peaSy!!!

  26. 5 stars
    Great recipe, especially for a cold weaTher dinner. I subbed bowtie pasta for egg noodles and added 1/2 cup sharp white cheddAr and it was fantastic. Plenty of leftovers, too.

  27. 5 stars
    This rEcipe is delicious and has become one of ouR favorites!
    One variation i did (because iTs what i had on hand) Is sub 1 soUp to campbells cream of chicken and mUshroom with the other soup, campbElls cream of mushroom soup. It was fabUloUs.

  28. 4 stars
    This dish is delicious! Truly a crowd pleaser. I definitely will Keep tHis recipe in our rotation. Yummy!!

  29. 4 stars
    This was awesome!! I used cream of celerY soup as i was out of cream of mushroom. I added beef stock to it as well. Honestly im not a huge fan of ground beef but will defiNitely say it was good in this dish!! Thank you for posting.

    1. I Am going yo mAke this For dinner tonight. Im Going
      to use shredded beef, 1 can of mushroom soup and 1 either onion or cElery soup, not fond Of mushroom soup. FOLLOWING the recipe Ither than that. Cant wait to see hOw it tastes.

  30. 5 stars
    Had my doubts as i was making the casserole but its out of the oven and on the table and its great. Only difference in mine is i used cream of celery soup.

  31. I was so excited to try this and for good reason! I made a few tweaks and I think it made it that much better. While cooking the beef I added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and some minced garlic. Instead of the Lays french onion dip i used 8oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and a packet of french onion soup mix. Also before adding the crispy fried onions, I topped it with italian shredded cheese and a little extra parmesan. Ok more than a few tweaks but it was still so tasty and an amazing meal! Thanks for the starter tips!

  32. 5 stars
    This was GREAT! I used ground turkey and added a little all-purpose seasoning, cayenne, onion powder, & garlic powder while browning it. I didn’t drain the juices out (not much from turkey). After dumping the SOUp & dip, I used a little milk to get what remained out of the jar. Instead of the French’s Fried onions I used natural, uncoated, fried onions. I served it w/broccoli. We loved it! Thank you!

  33. I addEd sauteed onions, mushrooms, french onion dip, a Lot of chopped garlic, and a packet of onion soup mix. I doubled the recipe as i was cooking in a fire station. The guys iNhaled it. An absolute winner! Paired it with seasoned green beans and garlic bread.

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