This family-friendly tater tot casserole recipe is easy, cheesy, and a hearty way to feed a crowd!

A hearty layer of ground beef and veggies is smothered in a shortcut sauce is topped with cheese and tater tots and then baked to golden perfection.

A fuss-free and oh-so-satisfying meal, it’s a hit with everyone at the table!

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An Easy Family Favorite

Tater Tot Casserole, aka Tater Tot Hotdish, is a beloved Midwest classic that has found its way into the kitchens (and hearts) of people all over.

  • This classic comfort food has simple ingredients that you likely have on hand.
  • This casserole is inexpensive to prepare and extra veggies can stretch the meal further.
  • This meal only needs 15 minutes of prep and can be prepared ahead of time.
  • It’s great as a meal on its own or serve with a quick side salad.
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Ingredients in Tater Tot Casserole

  • Ground Beef: Lean ground beef is the base of this recipe but use any type of ground meat, like ground turkey.
  • Sauce: Cream of mushroom soup makes an easy sauce for this casserole recipe. Any “cream of” soup will work just fine, cream of chicken soup is a great alternative.
  • Vegetables: I most often use fresh veggies (and frozen corn or peas) but frozen mixed vegetables are a great quick option. Add in your favorites from mushrooms to green beans.
  • For extra flavor, stir any of the following into the ground beef mixture: garlic powder, onion powder, or Worcestershire sauce.

Variations

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How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

This one of those easy dinners that’ every in my family loves’ll become a regular in your rotation.

  1. Brown ground beef & onion in a large skillet.
  2. Mix veggies, soup, milk, seasonings, & beef in a baking dish. Top with frozen tater tots & cover with cheese.
  3. Bake per the recipe below until the cheese is bubbly & tater tots are browned on top.

Tater tot casserole can be made in the crock pot as well!

Ingredients to make classic tater tot casserole mixed together in a pot

Storing Leftovers

  • Keep tater tot casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave and serve for a quick school or workday lunch (or in the oven if you’d like crispy tater tots).
  • Freeze individual portions in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 weeks.
  • Let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

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Classic Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy, creamy, and loaded with hearty ingredients, Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food at its finest!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
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Ingredients  

  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables* thawed, or fresh diced fresh vegetables
  • 10.5 ounces condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Brown ground beef and onion over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • In a bowl mix the thawed vegetables, soup, milk, seasonings, beef mixture, and ½ cup shredded cheese. Spread into a 3qt (or 9×13-inch) casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Top with tater tots and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the tots are golden brown.

Notes

*If using fresh vegetables such as carrots and celery, they should be steamed or can be cooked in the frying pan along with the browned beef until tender.
Frozen vegetables should be thawed first. Any variation or mixture of vegetables can be added. 
Canned mushroom soup can be substituted with other “cream of” soups, gravy, or even a can of gravy or tomato soup.
Any size casserole dish can be used for this recipe. A deeper dish may need a little bit of extra cooking time.
This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated. If chilled from the fridge, it will require extra baking time.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 606 | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1326mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3492IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Casserole, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
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  1. I’m gonna put hot sausage in my attempt. I’m not really sure what veggies would pair best with spicy sausage?5 stars

    1. Sounds delicious Rex! I love bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and onion with hot sausage. Let us know how it goes!

  2. I feel its a better dish if its assembled with the tots on the bottom of the baking dish… the amount of moisture in the recipe will make a big difference in the quality and taste of the finished product..5 stars

  3. I added mushrooms and next time would also throw in some garlic. Broiled the last couple of minutes to crisp up the tots. A bit shallow in a 9×13 pan, might try it in a 9×9 dish next time for some density.5 stars

  4. So good! I made this for supper tonight, it was quick easy and so delicious. We are just two people so I put it into two 8×8 Pyrex. I have to take a lunch every day, so I can’t wait to heat up leftovers and put them into my thermos for lunch.5 stars

  5. So good! My husband told me 3 times already today how much he loved this casserole! Every recipe I have made from this site has turned out amazing! I get so many compliments when I make these recipe’s! Thanks Holly!5 stars

  6. This turned out so well! I split the recipe in half in 8×8 foil pans so I could give half to my mom. I skipped the veggies in mine because I’m not a fan of mixed vegetables and didn’t have time to substitute. Anyway, it was declicious.5 stars

  7. Decadently delicious, and super easy to put together. My grocery store has fresh chopped veggies which made it even more convenient. Yum! A winner of a pure comfort meal!5 stars

  8. This recipe is a favorite in our house! We added some shredded cheese ontop towards the end of baking because you can never go wrong with more cheese. Thanks for the delicious recipe!5 stars

  9. I just made your Tater tots casserole and my 3 yr Great Granddaughter loved it! And she is a very picky eater as her mom only fixes her junk food, frozen pizzas and such! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! Plan to try several more too5 stars

  10. We use cream of chicken soup, corn and French green beans. We add the cheese before the tots. We like them crispy.5 stars

  11. It specifies “one bag tater tots”. Bags of tater tots come in a variety of sizes. Is it one pound, two pounds, five pounds?

    I look forward to making this!