Tater Tot Hotdish is a quick, no-fuss crowd-pleaser. This tasty family-friendly recipe that layers ground beef, mixed veggies and tater tots in a rich and cheesy sauce.
Prepping is a breeze, and you can cut your work down to almost nothing if you use frozen mixed vegetables.
What is Tater Tot Hotdish?
Hotdish is another name for a casserole, and most have some kind of starch as a central ingredient. In this simple recipe, tater tots take center stage. Not only are these bite-sized and pre-cooked potato tidbits easy to work with, (requiring no prepping) they are delicious and always a favorite with kids (who am I kidding, adults too).
- Meat This tater tot hotdish calls for ground meat but you could sub in any kind of meat or even shredded chicken.
- Veggies Keep it simple and easy… frozen veggies are great in this recipe.
- Sauce The creamy sauce is a simple mixture of canned cream of mushroom soup (or homemade condensed mushroom soup), sour cream, and shredded cheddar. There’s room for variation here too. A basic white sauce could substitute for the soup. Colby or Asiago, or Monterey jack are also good cheeses to use in this casserole.
Keep the ratios the same but swap up the veggies and sauces to create your own hotdish recipes. This pairs well with taco inspired flavors to create a taco Tater Tot casserole or
How to Make a Tater Tot Hotdish
- Brown the ground beef.
- Combine the sauce ingredients with the shredded cheese.
- Pour over the sauce, top with cheese and bake until bubbling and browned on top.
- Layer tater tots with meat and vegetables in a casserole dish.
This easy recipe works as a Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole as well!
What to Serve it With
Tater tot hotdish is such a hearty, filling one-pot meal that you won’t need to fuss too much with side dishes.
I love serving it with easy cornbread or buttermilk biscuits. A simple tossed salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette is also a nice accompaniment. A salad will provide some welcome freshness and crunch while cutting through the savory richness of the casserole. Broccoli salad would also pair well for the same reason.
How To Reheat Leftover Tater Tot Hotdish
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for as long as four months.
To reheat, first, thaw in the refrigerator. Then pop in the microwave or in a foil-covered dish in a preheated oven at 300°F for as long as it takes for the amount in your portion to be piping hot throughout.
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Easy Tater Tot Hotdish
- 1 bag Tater Tots approx 32 oz
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen
- 10 ½ ounces cream of mushroom soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded and divided
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 9x13" casserole dish.
- Brown ground beef and onion over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
- In a bowl mix together soup, sour cream, milk, garlic powder, dry mustard, ½ cup of cheese, and salt and pepper.
- Mix together beef, soup mixture, and mixed vegetables in the casserole dish. Layer tater tots on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)