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Easy Tater Tot Casserole

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With ground beef, green beans, creamy soup, lots of cheese, and tater tots, this Easy Tater Tot Casserole is always a hit for the whole family. With just 15 minutes of prep, this is a great casserole recipe for busy weeknights!

Love easy casserole dishes like we do? Try this Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole or this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole.

Close-up of cheesy tater tot casserole

Easy Tater Tot Hotdish

As a mom of 3 boys that are in sports, easy dinners that I can whip up in 10 minutes are a life-saver. With never-ending activities that I’m constantly taking them to, it’s important for me to have a handful of tried and true recipes on hand for those busy months. This Tater Tot Casserole is one of my go-tos for those nights when I don’t have much time or energy but am not ready to cave to takeout just yet!

There are just 6 ingredients in this casserole which makes it easy to whip together on a moments notice and it’s easily adaptable to what’s in the cupboard and my family’s preferences! So if you’re looking for an easy recipe for busy weeknights, look no further!

What Is A Tater Tot Casserole?

Tater tot casserole is a classic dish served around the country. It’s also called “tater tot hotdish”, especially in the southern states. While there are many variations to it, it always has some form of ground meat, veggies, soup, and cheese, all topped with frozen tater tots.

Key Ingredients

My favorite thing about making tater tot casserole is that fact there it requires just 6 ingredients!

  • Tater tots – Any brand of frozen tater tots will work.
  • Ground beef – Use a lean ground beef to avoid lots of grease.
  • Sweet onion – Adds flavor to the beef layer.
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cream of mushroom soup – Adds a comforting, creamy texture to the beef mixture.
  • Green beans – I use canned green beans for ease but frozen will work too.
  • Cheddar cheese – If you can, grate your own as it melts better.
Fresh Baked Tater Tot Casserole

Easy Variation Ideas

There are so many ways to customize this easy casserole recipe for your family!

  • Try ground turkey. I’ve also made this recipe with ground turkey and been happy with the results. Ground sausage or chicken would work too.
  • Switch up the soup. Instead of cream of mushroom, try cream of chicken. Cream of cheddar is another option. Basically, any can of creamy soup will work.
  • Add more veggies. Feel free to mix in some corns, peas, carrots, broccoli, or other vegetables as preferred by your family.
  • Stir in some sour cream. For an extra creamy bottom layer, stir in some sour cream with the soup mixture.
  • Layer the ingredients. Instead of combining everything together, you can layer the ingredients with the ground beef on top, following by the green beans, then the soup and cheese. Same flavors, just a different presentation!

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

Talk about easy! This casserole comes together so quickly and easily, which is why I love it for weeknight dinners!

  • Cook the beef. Cook the beef and onion together until the beef is browned. Salt and pepper to season.
  • Add the other ingredients. Stir in the soup and green beans.
  • Layer the casserole. Add the beef mixture to the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese, followed by a layer of tater tots.
  • Bake. Bake until the tater tots are golden brown and hot. This should be about 40 minutes.

Tips For The Best Hotdish

There’s not much to make this tater tot hotdish! Here are a few things that can make it even better.

  • Add seasonings as desired. Feel free to add more salt and pepper, garlic powder, or any other desired seasonings to the ground beef and green beans.
  • Use a deep baking dish. Since there are so many layers, you’ll want a pan a few inches deep. I use a 9×13 baking dish but a rectangle casserole dish would also work.
  • Opt for low-sodium ingredients. If you’re sensitive to sodium, opt for low-sodium soup and green beans.
  • Add the cheese under the tater tots. While I have also made this with the cheese on top, the tater tots will get much crispier if they are baked on top.
Tater Tot Casserole on a White Plate

Can I Make This Ahead? Can I Freeze It?

Yes, absolutely! One of the great things about tater tot casserole is that it can be made in advance and works great as a freezer meal!

To prepare the casserole in advance, assemble as directed but don’t add the tater tots. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

For a tater tot freezer meal, assemble then cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Tater tots don’t do well thawed so bake directly from frozen. You’ll need to increase the bake time by 10 to 20 minutes.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

Leftovers will last in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. Keep the casserole dish covered with foil or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container.

If you’re reheating the whole casserole, you can reheat it in the oven. Cover the top with foil to prevent any burning. Smaller portions of leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.

More Casserole Recipes:

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cauliflower Bacon Cheese Casserole

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Best Corn Casserole

A serving of tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

Published By Jill
With ground beef, green beans, creamy soup, lots of cheese, and tater tots, this Easy Tater Tot Casserole is always a hit for the whole family. With just 15 minutes of prep, this is a great casserole recipe for busy weeknights!
5 from 54 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 317 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz Frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 pd Ground Beef
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can green beans (drained)
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  • Cook and stir ground beef and diced onion in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes; season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. 
  • Stir cream of mushroom soup and green beans into the cooked ground beef; pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  • Layer tater tots evenly over the ground beef mixture; top with Cheddar cheese, or you can add the cheese on top of the beef mixture before the tater tots….which ever one you prefer. 
  • Bake until tater tots are golden brown and hot, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 13gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 924mgPotassium: 302mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 1mg
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Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. It seems very easy. Surely giving it a try.

So yummy thank you

I discovered this recipe I had discovered this recipe when my son was too and I still make it today and he is 35 it is the best good to know that somebody else also knows about it and likes it too

What is tater tots? Is this an America rececepe?

over here in australia we call them potato gems

Yes, it is an American dish, much like hashbrown potatoes, but shaped like little round barrels. A recipe of hash brown potatoes spread about an inch thick over the top of the meat and vegetable mixture would work with this.

What can you use instead of the cream of mushroom soup? My family does not like it.

To Karen Donovan.. I have used cream of  chicken in many recipes that call for cream of mushroom and some are actually better tasting! I have used it in this recipe and it was delicious 

we actually make this with cream of celery!

Excellent recipe  very easy and tasty. My husband and son love it,, thanks for sharing,

I make one like this. I got from a girlfriend in 1993. You layer the hamburger meat on bottom, them cream of mushroom soup, can of greenchiles and the tater tots on top.
Note; on the greenchiles you can use the can or if you want a little heat to it use 505 chilies in a jar. Usually over by the salsa and Hispanic food.
Like she said you can mix thinks up use a cream base soup, different meat, can veggies etc.
I have use ground beef, pork, chicken, Turkey. Nacho cheese soup, cream of chicken stuff like that.5 stars

So yummy! My girls and loved it!

5 stars

My family loves this recipe!5 stars

Can you substitute canned green beans with frozen ones?

Hi ! Quick question:) may I add Jimmy Deans Sage pork sausage to this instead of ground beef ? Please let me know. I’m thinking of making this for thanksgiving 2021. Thank you  

I use the Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns which are a flat tater tot

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