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1930s Bologna Casserole

This frugal casserole recipe is made with affordable ingredients that you probably already have!

Updated December 03, 2020
1930s Bologna Casserole
1930s Bologna Casserole
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1930s Bologna Casserole is a great budget-friendly casserole that takes advantages of ingredients you may already have in your pantry and fridge. This easy casserole is a great dinner option that will leave you thoroughly satisfied. This dish was made popular in the 1930s when higher priced meats just were not practical (or even available) to the middle and lower class. Instead, people used things like bologna and other forms of protein (beans and cheese) to help fill them up fast and for long periods of time. You may want to have a side helping of veggies and bread to complete this meal, but it's definitely filling enough on its own.


  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pork and beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chili beans with sauce, undrained
  • 1 pound all beef bologna, cubed
  • 1 jar pimentos, drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce (optional)

1930s Bologna Casserole Recipe

This casserole also makes a great freezer meal! You can cook it at your convenience and then freeze it for a delicious dinner later.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  3. In a small skillet over medium-high heat, brown the bacon and onions together.  When the bacon is crisp and the onions are tender, remove from the heat and drain any excess fat.

  4. In the baking dish, spread cubed bologna, top with pork and beans, chili beans, the reserved bacon and onions, pimentos and, finally, with the shredded Cheddar. 

  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is bubbly and cheese is browning.

  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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1930s Bologna Casserole
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I was intrigued by the name of this recipe!! I probably wouldn't make it with bologna, but I like the idea of mixing a protein like beans with veggies and then topping with cheese and baking it. Like the name implies, this recipe is great for using up whatever veggies and beans etc you might have left in the fridge or in your pantry. A nice alternative to leftover night, I look forward to trying this one out!!

What an interesting recipe...I'm not sure how I feel about the Bologna and cheese in this recipe, but the rest sounds like it could be a part of something special with a little imagination. How about cutting up some hot dogs, sausages or hot links instead and smothering it in fried onions. Kinda like a chili dog explosion. Actually, you can always put the hot dogs or sausages in it whole and bake them into the beans and sauce and serve them in a bun too!

This was dinner last night and I gotta say, I wasn't impressed. No one else said anything negative though. I thought it was pretty bland and salty. I'm sure the salt issue could be fixed but I had my hopes up. I was looking forward to this being a variation of square meal, but it really wasn't. I think I may try it again but swap out the pork and beans for baked beans, and use a much less salty meat/brand. The bacon and onion were nice though.

This what everyone ate in the 30s.GREAT DEPRESSION !! Most of the time it was this or go hungry


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