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Made with layers of Lay’s Potato Chips, tomato sauce, ground beef, onion, and corn. It makes a fabulous family meal.

Mimi's Potato Chip Casserole

This casserole was my Mother in laws specialty and as far as everyone knows this was her original dish!  One of the many wonderful things you can say about Mimi is she was an amazing cook.  Her meals were simple, she never set an extravagant table, but let me tell you everything she made was like comfort on a plate and made with plenty of love.

Mimi was such a special, loving, funny, and feisty little lady. Little, because she wasn’t big as a minute!  I think she was barely 4′ 10″ and weighed 90 pounds on a good day. Feisty, because she had spunk, and you better not say anything bad about any of her kids  (that even included us in-laws) or grandkids. She might just set you straight about that 🙂

We lost this little angle in November of last year and life just isn’t the same without Mimi. There’s a big hole left in the hearts of all that knew her, but she sure left behind some great big memories to help us fill it up!

Sweet Memories

Most of my memories revolve around her in the kitchen, out taking care of her yard, or shopping! During the last few years, she had been sick, but not too long before she grew her heavenly wings, she was feeling better and wanted my sister in love and me to take her shopping.  I am so glad we got to do this! We had the best day and made such a beautiful lasting memory!  Our little selfie (or Us-ie)

mimi peggy and i

She knew my husband loved this recipe! So about one year ago she gave me the actual dish she always cooked this in. She wanted me to be able to make it exactly as she did! What a treasure! Hubby says it tastes just like mom’s, I’ll take that compliment any day!

I hope that you will love this dish as much as He does!!  One thing I do know you will love is how super easy it is! The fact is it’s easy on the wallet too! It’s a perfect weeknight meal for your family too. And Mimi LOVED to make the FAMILY happy 🙂

Ready to get cookin’

All you need is 1 pound of hamburger, 1 bag of Lay’s Original Potato Chips, 1 Can of Tomato Sauce, 1 Can of water, 1 Can of Corn, 1/4 cup of onion, and salt, pepper or garlic salt to taste.

Potato Chip Casserole Ingredients

Dice 1/4 cup yellow onion. (Mimi’s instructions are 1 small onion). In a skillet saute diced onion and hamburger meat.  Salt and pepper meat to your taste (I always use garlic salt). I usually put them both in at the same time and get the onion a little soft on one side of the pan and then incorporate them together.

Hamburger and onions

After your hamburger is done. Add in the can of tomato sauce and use the can to fill with water and pour it into the skillet. Stir, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Tomato Sauce for Casserole

Drain your corn. Now start layering. In the bottom of an oven-safe bowl (Mimi’s Pyrex Bowl), or casserole dish – put a layer of the hamburger meat mixture, then sprinkle on a layer of corn, and top with crushed potato chips.  I just crush them lightly as I layer.

crushed potato chips in a shite bowl to be used in this recipe for mom\'s potato chip casserole

Repeat 4 or 5 (or so) layers until used up. Ending with chips on top.

Layers ready for oven

Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 45 minutes.

Bite of Mimi's Potato Chip Casserole

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Mimi's Potato Chip Casserole
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Mimi’s Potato Chip Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Made with layers of Lay's Potato Chips, tomato sauce, ground beef, onion, and corn. It makes a fabulous family meal.
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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 14.5 ounce
  • 1 can water
  • 1 can corn, 14.5 ounce, drained
  • 1 bag Lay’s Original Potato Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a skillet saute onion and ground beef, about 7 to 10 minutes. Once ground beef is done, pour in can of tomato sauce and fill can with water and add to skillet. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain corn. In a oven safe bowl or casserole dish, add layer of hamburger mixture to bottom, top with corn, crush layer of potato chips on top. Layer until out of ingredients. About 4 or 5 times, ending with potato chips.
  • Bake for 45 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 352kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 23g (8%) Protein: 24g (48%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 67mg (22%) Sodium: 636mg (28%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 7g (8%)

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    1. Thank you, Kirsten! I hope you enjoy it! This is my hubby’s favorite and it comes with lots of memories of his mom (Mimi).