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10 Crazy, Kid-Friendly Casserole Recipes Your Family Will Love

From s'mores casserole to pizza casserole to hot-dog-tater-tot casserole, these mouthwatering dishes combine everybody's favorite flavors. Dig in!

Erica Silverstein · 15 days ago

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Family Casserole Recipes

Casseroles may conjure up images of 1950s housewives dumping cans of cream of mushroom soup and cat food-style tuna fish into a baking dish to conjure up some unholy concoction. But not these crazy, kid-friendly casseroles! Sure, they involve some creative combinations, but they offer big flavor with little effort. Update your weekly menus with these retro-hip recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert that your modern family will definitely love.

1. Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

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Spicy Southern Kitchen

Busy families can’t be bothered to cook hot dogs, buns, AND tater tots separately. Think of all the dishes you'd have to clean! Instead, this brilliant recipe by Spicy Southern Kitchen throws the dogs and the tots into a baking dish, along with kid faves cheddar cheese and chili, to create an all-in-one meal everyone will gobble up.

2. French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

La Creme de la Crumb

Weekend mornings cry out for fancy breakfasts, but why should dad slave over a hot stove flipping pancakes while everyone else chows down? French toast casserole levels the playing field because you can make it the night before and bake it in the morning. While regular French toast is delish, the streusel topping in Le Creme de la Crumb’s recipe elevates this eggy dish into something sublime.

3. Nacho Casserole

Nacho Casserole

The Seasoned Mom

This is nacho grandma’s casserole! Step aside, tuna noodle — this is dinner made with Doritos. The Seasoned Mom knows what brings all the kids to the table, and it’s a combination of chips, salsa, ground beef, and melty cheese.

4. Fruit Noodle Kugel

Fruit Noodle Kugel

Tori Avery

Noodle kugel is a traditional Jewish casserole with a bazillion variations. Kids go crazy for the sweet, creamy, fruity versions — especially recipes like this one from Tori Avey with a graham cracker topping. But you do you: Skip the dairy, sub craisins or dried cherries for the raisins, perhaps throw in some grated apple or pear. As they say, it’s all kosher! 

5. Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Casserole

Erin Lives Whole

Shh, don’t tell: There’s broccoli in this casserole. But the cancel-veggies contingent might not even notice because the mean greens are surrounded by enticing bits of bacon, fan-favorite sweet potatoes, and dip-tastic ranch dressing. Plus, with easy prep, you can have dinner on the table in an hour.

 

6. S’mores Casserole

S’mores Casserole

4 Sons R Us

Casseroles aren’t just for breakfast and dinner anymore. They can also be dessert. When rain ruins your weekend camping plans, or you just have a craving for ooey-gooey marshmallows, dig out the graham crackers and your trusty 9x13 pan to bake up s’mores casserole. This dish pairs well with a tall glass of cold milk.

7. Pizza Casserole

Pizza Casserole

Home Made Interest

Some would argue that the crust is the best part of the pizza. We’re in that camp, too, but sometimes you need a home-cooked meal that doesn’t involve wrestling with dough. Enter the pizza casserole. It’s all your favorite toppings on a bed of pasta. We bet New Yorkers and Chicagoans will still argue about whose casserole tastes better and is more authentic.

8. Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

Love of Family and Home

Stop! Do not toss that blackened, mushy banana. If you’re bored of banana bread, the overripe fruit can become the star ingredient in baked oatmeal. This breakfast casserole combines oats with berries and bananas for a morning meal you bake the night before and slice up in the morning. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll double the recipe, so no one has to roshambo for the last piece.

9. Bean and Cornmeal Pie

Bean and Cornmeal Pie

Super Healthy Kids

Yes, you can make a delicious meal from pantry staples. Yes, you can make a delicious meal with no meat. Yes, you can make chili with corn bread in one pan and call it a casserole. That dish is bean and cornmeal pie, with a mix of beans, tomatoes, and spices as the base, and a crusty cornbread as the topping. This two-in-one meal will rate five stars with your hungry bunc

10. Frito Pie

Frito Pie

Dinner Then Dessert

Frito Pie’s origins are shrouded in mystery and claimed by both Texas and New Mexico. Anthony Bourdain basically called it an abomination, but its “walking taco” version served right in the chip bag is beloved by southwestern stadium-goers. If you’re hankerin’ to rustle up some grub for your cowboys and cowgirls, try Dinner Then Dessert’s casserole version of frito pie. It combines beef and beans with a corn chip topping for a hearty dinner after a long day out on the range (or work, or school).