Potato and Bean Casserole with Beef


2 medium potatoes, peeled & thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced & separated into rings
Salt & pepper to taste
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (15 oz) pork & beans
1 can tomato soup
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


Arrange potatoes on bottom of lightly greased, shallow casserole. Add onion rings. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add uncooked ground beef, distributing it evenly with fingertips over onions. Add beans and their liquid. Pour tomato soup over all. Use spatula to spread each layer evenly. Bake, uncovered, in oven preheated to 350 deg about 1 hour or until potatoes are tender . During last 15 minutes cooking time, sprinkle cheese evenly on top and allow to melt and brown lightly. You may, if you wish, cut two or three strips of bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and scatter on top of casserole before cooking.