Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater Tot Casserole is a classic quick & easy weeknight dinner recipe. Layered brown hamburger meat with veggies, canned condensed soup, and cheese, and topped with tator tots is a cheesy family favorite recipe. 

It’s good to have a few “go-to” recipes that can be a quick and easy weeknight dinner idea.

Tater tot casserole is one of those recipes for me. With simple layers of common ingredients from your freezer and pantry, you can have it put together and in the oven in just a short time. 

It’s also super customizable – allowing you to use what frozen or canned vegetables you have on hand.

It was one of my Mom’s recipes that was a favorite of mine – and now my kids love it, too! Scroll to the bottom of this post for a handy printable recipe.

tater tot casserole dished up on a plate

How to Make Easy Tater Tot Casserole

Close up of golden tater tots on the top of a tater tot casserole dish

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion, optional
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper, optional
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 package tator tots

Collage of the layers of tator tot casserole being assembled.

Directions for tater tot casserole

  • Step 1: Brown ground beef with onion and pepper and drain off excess juice. Salt and pepper liberally while browning.
  • Step 2: Transfer the browned ground beef mixture to the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  • Step 3: Using a spatula, spread the mushroom soup over the browned beef.
  • Step 4:Sprinkle frozen corn over the soup and press down gently.
  • Step 5: Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the hamburger corn mixture.
  • Step 6: Layer on the tator tots and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until it is bubbling around the edges and hot in the middle. To get nice and golden brown, place on the top rack and turn oven to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes.

Tator tot casserole dished out on a plate with ketchup drizzled on the top.

Other variations of this tater tot casserole

  • Use canned corn or green beans (drained) instead of frozen corn.
  • My mom usually made this with frozen peas. It was yummy, too!
  • Some people mix together the browned beef, veggies, and soup in a bowl before transferring it all to the casserole dish.
  • Don’t have cream of mushroom soup? No problem. Cream of chicken soup or cheddar cheese soup can be substituted for the mushroom soup.
  • Expecting guests? This is a great make ahead meal that you can assemble and freeze. Then, when you need to make dinner you just pull it out of the freezer and put it in the oven! (Baking it from frozen will require extra baking time.)

A pan of tator tot casserole with a scoop of it missing.

What do you serve with tater tot casserole?

We like to top our tator tot casserole (or tator tot hotdish- as my mom used to call it!) with ketchup.  At the home where I grew up, my mom often served this with jello salad! That’s just not as common as it once was, is it?

I serve it with a green salad and dinner buns with butter.

And, if you want dessert? I’d highly recommend something like this rhubarb crisp. We recently had tator tot casserole with strawberry crisp for dessert – and it was a great combination!

Other Family Favorite Dinner Recipe ideas:

Tater Tot Casserole

Loaded with layered hamburger, veggies, and cheese, this quick & easy dinner recipe is topped with golden brown tator tots & more cheese! It's a classic family favorite recipe that will become one of your all time favorites!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion optional
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper optional
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 package tator tots

Instructions

  • Step 1: Brown ground beef with onion and pepper and drain off excess juice. Salt and pepper liberally while browning.
  • Step 2: Transfer the browned ground beef mixture to the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  • Step 3: Using a spatula, spread the mushroom soup over the browned beef.
  • Step 4:Sprinkle frozen corn over the soup and press down gently.
  • Step 5: Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the hamburger corn mixture.
  • Step 6: Layer on the tator tots and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until it is bubbling around the edges and hot in the middle. To get nice and golden brown, place on the top rack and turn oven to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes.
Course: Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 399kcal
Author: Rita Joy

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One Comment

  1. How have I been on this Earth for 52 years and never had tater-tot casserole? I will be changing that pronto!! Your casserole looks so good and I don’t even need to go to the grocery store to make it.

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