Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater Tot Casserole is an incredibly easy dish to make and everyone always loves it!

Layers of tater tots, meat and veggies are covered in a simple sauce and cooked until hot and bubbly.  It’s easy, creamy and and oh so yummy!

The best part is, this tater tot casserole is so versatile depending on what is in your fridge!

Tater Tot Casserole served on a plate with parsley in the background

I love casseroles from Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole to Homemade Mac and Cheese, there’s just something so comforting about a hot and bubbly meal coming out of the oven.  While this easy Tater Tot casserole isn’t the prettiest dish ever, it definitely tastes amazing!

Of all of the versions out there, I definitely think this is the best Tater Tot casserole because it’s so easy to put together yet really delivers on flavor (well, this and of course Mexican Tater Tot Casserole).

I start with a layer of tater tots on the bottom of a slow cooker (I use a 4QT CrockPot for this recipe), and top it with a layer of ground beef.  I use frozen veggies right from the freezer meaning no prep required and then top with another layer of Tater Tots.

A quick and simple sauce is added with a bit of cheese and it all cooks to perfection in the CrockPot.  Easy peazy right?!

A slow cooker filled with cooked ground beef, vegetables and tater tots

Once cooked, this Tater Tot Casserole is absolutely delicious and actually reminds me of a cottage pie (which is the same as Shepherd’s Pie with beef instead of lamb).  Surprisingly enough, cooking this in the slow cooker you still get the crusty bits on the edges (which is one of my favorite parts).

While I use frozen veggies, you can use fresh veggies in this recipe too!     The frozen makes it easy because they don’t require any prep, I just give them a quick rinse in a strainer and pour them into the slow cooker.  If you’re using fresh veggies, there is no need to pre-cook them, just dice them fairly small and they’ll cook along with the rest of the dish.

Cooked tater tot casserole in a Crockpot with cheese on top

The whole dish will take you literally just minutes to put into your slow cooker and you can use whatever you have on hand! I’ve added lean ground beef and frozen vegetables into this tater tot casserole but use up any leftover beef, chicken or turkey you might have!

While I most often cook this in the slow cooker, of course Tater Tot Casserole can be baked in the oven to golden perfection as well.  Simply place the beef layer in a 9×13 pan (or any casserole dish will do) and top with veggies and then Tater Tots.  Sprinkle with cheese and sauce and bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

This easy Slow Cooker Tater Tot casserole is a complete meal in itself but we usually serve with with a nice fresh green salad and some crusty bread!

4.92 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Made in the slow cooker, this delicious supper is so quick and easy to prepare!


  • 1 bag of Tater Tots approx 32 oz
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen
  • 10.5 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

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  1. Brown ground beef and onion over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. In a bowl mix together soup, milk, garlic powder, dry mustard and salt and pepper. Set aside
  3. Place half of the Tater Tots into a greased 4qt slow cooker.
  4. Layer beef, mixed vegetables, remaining tater tots and finally cheese.
  5. Pour sauce over top, cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 7 hours or until heated through.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 348, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 561mg, Potassium: 407mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 24g, Vitamin A: 2726%, Vitamin C: 6%, Calcium: 309%, Iron: 2%

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

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Tater Tot Casserole is an incredibly easy dish to make and everyone always loves it! Layers of tater tots, lean ground beef and veggies are covered in a simple sauce and cooked until hot and bubbly.  #spendwithpennies #tatertots #tatertotcasserole #slowcookerrecipe #crockpotrecipe #tatertotrecipe #casserole #familymeal

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  1. I made this for dinner last night and my whole family loved it- my husband had two huge helpings!
    I was just curious if the serving size and nutrition information is accurate. When I did the math, I got a total calories amount of over 4,000…yours comes to around 2,400. Just want to make sure I’m budgeting for the right amount when eating this :)

    1. Thank you for letting me know Michelle, there was an error in calculation on our end. I apologize for the mistake, I’ve updated the recipe and it should read correctly now.

    1. I have only tried this recipe as written, but I am sure it would be delicious with cream of chicken soup. Let me know how it turns out!

  2. My family really enjoyed this meal and it was super easy. I like how you put the calories on the bottom, but not knowing the serving size made it difficult.

  3. Excellent! My family and I are vegetarians so I substituted beef with veggie meat. I also sautéed chopped onion, green pepper and more carrots to add with the frozen vegetables.

  4. Made two of these in the oven. One shredded chicken and one beef. Big hit, quick, easy, and a crowd pleaser. Thanks you for sharing.

  5. Why layer? You don’t layer Beef Stew or Chili in a Slow Cooker. I put everything in a mixing bowl, except the cheese, mixed and dumped in a 6 Qt. Slow Cooker. This filled the Slow Cooker to the top. I cannot see this fitting into a 4 Qt. I added the cheese during the last hour of cooking on LOW. It did settle after cooking. Sauce was too watery.
    Next time, I plan on using 2 lbs of ground beef or frozen meatballs and some fried mushrooms, 2 cans of soup with 1/2 cup of milk and some more veggies. Might be a tight fit in my 6 Qt., but I do have an 8 Qt. so it should fit.
    Other than that, this is a keeper.

    1. I layer because the bottom layer of the slow cooker gets a little bit crispy/crusty. The photos (and video) of this recipe were cooked in a 4qt slow cooker so it does fit in mine (which is round in shape).

      Love the idea of using meatballs, thank you for sharing!

    1. I have seen soy crumbles in the store (which are a beef substitute). I’ve only made this with beef so I can’t say for sure how it would work out for you, please let us know how it goes!

  6. Excellent recipe . Both my husband and I really enjoyed it . Will be making it again often. Didn’t change a thing.

  7. I made this added taco seasoning to the meat and added kielbasa and greenbeans and chopped pepperchini. Tried it couple months ago and I was bound to tweak it to what the fam liked. Sry I tweaked it I have picky eaters.

  8. O M Gosh
    Been preparing same things for a long time,  so when I try something new I call it refrigerator surprise.     “Surprise”  it is so yummy!
         If you can tell by reading a recipe if it’s good,
    “Try it you’ll like it”

  9. I have never made tater tot hotdish in a slow cooker before. With the slow cooker, do the tater tots not end up mushy? One of the things that we like about the oven-baked version is that the tater tots on top end up crispy. Thanks!

    1. Surprisingly enough, cooking this in the slow cooker you still get the crusty bits on the edges (which is one of my favorite parts). Tater Tot Casserole can be baked in the oven as well. Simply place the beef layer in a 9×13 pan (or any casserole dish will do) and top with veggies and then Tater Tots. Sprinkle with cheese and sauce and bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

  10. I made this recipe this Sunday . It was well received. I baked it in the oven, but next time will use my crock pot. I have never before bought either tater tots or hash browns, but will be adding them to the grocery list to make this recipe again. I added more of everything, and have 12 or 13 large servings. With a salad and fruit for desert, It makes a great, easy dinner. Leftovers microwave easily.

  11. No hamburger, so of course had to use what I had: shredded half a Costco roasted chicken, can of cream of chicken, then followed recipe. I did saute the onions first, though. So good!! How about chopped leftover ham, package of frozen broccoli, cream of broccoli soup, then recipe? Very versatile recipe, and fun!!

        1. Although I have only tried the recipe as written, cream of chicken soup can be a good substitute for cream of mushroom. Let me know how it turns out!

  12. I’m a few years late, but i just got my slow cooker and was looking for recipes. You have delicious ones, you know! But now my question….what are tater tots? I believe we don’t have that in my country. I’m Dutch you know and my english might not be really good, but i don’t have a clue what tater tots are! I appologize for any language mistakes as english isn’t my speaking language. Can you put the answer, if you have one, on the mail for me? Cos i came here through a recipe from fb where i saw your replie to something. It was also about a slowcooker recipe. And i think i’ll never find you back when i close my iPad. I’d love to know the answer. So if you can do that it would be great. Thanks in advance.

      1. Tater tots and hash browns are potatoes. Tater tots are made by shaping finely diced potato into bite-size nuggets. Hash browns can be made from diced or shredded potatoes, usually shaped into a patty.

    1. Any grocery store will usually have tator tots in their frozen section. I understand the language barrier with that. And no if you didn’t go to public schools in America then you probably never even has a tator got as they are on most school menus if not all.

  13. My family makes T.T.C but not in a slow cooker. We start by taking ground beef and depending on how big your casserole dish is, you want to just cover the bottom of the dish with the hambuger. Then you take a can of Cream of Whatever soup (and once again depending on the size of your dish) and pour it on the hamburger make sure to completely cover . Next you add shredded cheese, we use Colby jack and we layer it on top of the soup. My family loves cheese so we use a lot. And last but not least is the Tater Tots, You line em up or just make them fit and cover the cheese! Bake for 45 min at 350 degrees. Might take a little longer depending on how thick your hamburger layer is. And of course you can add veggies or whatever is your family favs ! Enjoy !