Cheesy Spinach and Beef Casserole (Spinach Fandango): A Hearty and Flavorful Dish

Savory Beef and Spinach Bake, often called Spinach Fandango, is a hearty and comforting dish that blends flavorful ground beef, healthy spinach, and creamy cheese. Ideal for a family dinner or a potluck, this casserole boasts rich tastes and nutritious ingredients.


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 or leaner)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 8 oz fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 – 12 oz packages of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice, prepared as per the package instructions
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup milk or cream
  • 8 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Cook the long grain white rice according to the package directions and set aside.
    • Thaw the frozen spinach, drain it well, and squeeze out excess moisture.
  2. Cook the Ground Beef:
    • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the diced onion and sauté until it becomes soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms, and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.
  3. Brown the Beef:
    • Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    • Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Add salt and pepper to taste.
    • Stir in the dried oregano.
  4. Combine the Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked beef mixture, cooked rice, and thawed spinach.
    • Add the sour cream and mix until well combined.
  5. Prepare the Cheese Sauce:
    • In a small saucepan, heat the milk or cream over medium heat until it’s warm.
    • Gradually add the shredded Monterey Jack cheese, stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  6. Assemble the Casserole:
    • Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
    • Spread the beef, rice, and spinach mixture evenly in the baking dish.
    • Pour the cheese sauce over the top, spreading it out evenly.
  7. Bake the Casserole:
    • Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
    • Serve hot, garnished with additional shredded cheese or fresh herbs if desired.


This Cheesy Spinach and Beef Casserole (Spinach Fandango) is a delicious and hearty dish that’s perfect for any occasion. The combination of ground beef, spinach, rice, and creamy cheese makes for a satisfying and flavorful meal. Easy to prepare and sure to please, this casserole is a great addition to your recipe collection. Enjoy this comforting dish with your family and friends!