The Ultimate Tater Tot Casserole [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Tater Tot Casserole is a classic dish made with the favorite potato bites that you can bring to potlucks and make everyone go for another serving!

Perfect to feed a crowd, this dish is hearty just like our other baked recipes such as Crispy Baked Tofu, Oven Baked Tilapia, and Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken.

Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Tater Tot Casserole is a rich and filling dish that can be served to many guests at parties with minimal effort. As the name suggests, it has a potato product as the main ingredient which has been popular since the 1950s. This recipe has been in the family’s menu rotation throughout the years, and this time, I am sharing it to you!

You know how easy it is to make casserole dishes and we love them for that. What makes this specific dish even better is that it only has 12 ingredients – all basic ones!

Not only that this recipe is easy, but this dish is also packed with protein, carbs, and fiber – basically a complete meal on its own. You can even make this as a freezer meal, and reheat when needed, which makes it a good option for a quick dinner.

What are tater tots?

They are made of mashed potatoes that are formed into small logs. You can find frozen ones in grocery stores and deep-fry or bake for optimum crispness.

It is an all-time favorite American snack and side dish. This time, we will turn it into a hearty meal with this recipe.

Tater Tot Casserole

How to make a tater tot casserole?

This is an easy dish to follow. Also, please watch the recipe video attached. The general steps are as follows:

  • Prep the oven: Preheat it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook the ground beef mixture: Place the ground beef in the skillet. Drain any excess fat and set aside.
  • Cook the mushrooms mixture: Then, sauté the onions, mushrooms, and garlic together. Season with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in the flour and then, stir in the heavy cream slowly. Add more salt or pepper to taste and stir in the sour cream.
  • Assemble: In the baking dish, spread out the beef mixture, followed by the mushrooms mixture. On top of this layer, distribute the green beans and cheddar cheese. Add more salt or pepper to taste. Add another layer, this time, with the tater tots. Top with another layer of cheese.
  • Bake: Pop it in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes until the tots crisp up and the cheese melt.

How do you make tater tot casserole without condensed soup?

Follow my recipe! A lot of other recipes out there instruct you to use the commercially available condensed soup. However, most of them have high sodium content. So, it is either you buy the low-sodium ones, or simply follow my homemade recipe as a healthier option.

How do you make a vegetarian tater tot casserole?

Good news for vegetarians! This recipe is versatile, and you can make it with no meat.

Basically, just follow the same recipe but leave out the meat. Instead, add in more vegetables of your choice.

Possible add-ins:

You can add more ingredients according to your liking. Here are some suggestions:

  • red chili pepper flakes
  • crispy bacon bits as they go so well with cheese
  • red bell peppers and tomatoes for extra flavor and texture
  • sausages to make it meatier

Tater Tot Casserole

Storing Recommendations:

  • Make it in advance: You can assemble everything first and freeze. Just bake it when needed. You can keep it frozen for 24 to 48 hours but of course, the earlier you can cook it, the better it will taste.
  • Freeze Leftovers: Or, if you have leftovers, you can transfer them into single-portion freezer bags. They can last for up to 3 to 4 months. You can bake them again at the same temperature you initially cooked them at.
  • Refrigerate: Aside from the freezing, you can simply refrigerate it and it will stay good for up to 4 days.

Recipe Tips

  • During the last minutes of baking, set the oven to broil mode to crisp up the top. Or, you may also opt not to put the cheese on top to crisp up the tots.
  • It is important that you season with salt and pepper as you layer to have a uniformly seasoned dish.
  • You can use other meat like lamb or pork or turkey instead of the beef.

Watch Recipe Video:

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Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs  ground beef 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1  onion  (diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 cups  mushrooms  (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons  flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups  heavy cream 
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 2 cans  (15 oz each) green beans  (drained)
  • 4 cups  shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 32 oz  frozen tater tots  (you will not use all)
  •  Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper and add Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Drain excess fat and transfer cooked beef to the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Distribute evenly.
  5. Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until translucent.
  6. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for an additional minute.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add flour and stir to combine to make a roux.
  9. Add heavy cream little by little and stir to combine. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 1 minute.
  10. Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream. Remove from heat and spread the mixture on top of the beef.
  11. Top with 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Top with green beans and another 2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  12. Finally, top with frozen tater tots arranging them one next to each other over the whole surface of the casserole.
  13. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  14. Serve immediately.
Calories: 787 Carbohydrates: 36 Protein: 38 Fat: 54 Saturated Fat: 24 Cholesterol: 149 Sodium: 965 Potassium: 866 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 685 Vitamin C: 10.4 Calcium: 520 Iron: 3.5
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Heather

I make a cheeseburger tot casserole. Yours seems a bit fancier. I will have to try it minus the green beans.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This casserole dish sounds so delicious. I love that it's made with tater tots. I know my kids would absolutely LOVE this!

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Glamamom

Oh wow! This Tater Tot recipe looks delicious. So hearty and filling. A crowd-pleaser, for sure. I can't wait to try it.

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Alli Smith

I love a good tater tot casserole. I haven't made one in a while so I need to use your recipe for my next one. It looks delicious.

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Tasheena

I can't remember the last time that I made a casserole. This would be perfect for my family and to include in our menu plan rotations. 

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Jeanette

OH my gosh I am SO hungry and this looks so good! I think I need to make this! YUM!

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Pam

I love tater tot casserole and I haven't had it in ages. I need to make this version ASAP.

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Theresa

My husband has asked me to make a tator tot casserole before, but I never knew how. Now that you've shared this recipe, I think it looks absolutely scrumptious and can't wait to surprise him with it next week!

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Ricci

Oh gosh, I LOVE a good tater tot casserole!! I need to try this recipe ASAP!!

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Ruth I

This looks tasty! I haven't eaten dish like this before so I am now so curious!

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Rena

I've seen a lot of tater tots casserole, but this is the first one that actually looks good enough to eat! My husband and grandkids are going to love this!

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Lynndee

Tater Tot Casserole is one of my son's ultimate favorites. He can be very picky so when he loves a dish, it must be good. :)

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Rachel

Look at how evenly you lined up the tots! I have only had something like this once at a potluck.

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Terri Steffes

My daughter is 33 and she loves this dish!! I think it might be her favorite!

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Heather

This looks like a great recipe! I love to make stuff and this looks like a great new recipe! I can't wait to make it.

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Beth

This would be a great meal for a crowd. When all 5 of my kids lived at home, this would have been perfect! I'll have to try the vegetarian version now.

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Kasey

This looks delicious! I wonder if the kids would like it. Seems quite easy to make.

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Rika Agustini

I am sure that my kids will go crazy for this! This is a great recipe inspiration! I need to pick up some tater tots from a store tomorrow!

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