Tater tot casserole is a classic American comfort food that combines crispy tater tots with savory ground beef, vegetables, and a creamy soup mixture, all topped with melted cheese. Perfect for family dinners and potlucks, this hearty dish is easy to prepare and highly customizable. Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or experiment with variations like Mexican or vegetarian versions, tater tot casserole promises a satisfying meal that everyone will love.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Tater tot casserole is a classic American comfort food that combines crispy tater tots with savory ground beef, vegetables, and a creamy soup mixture, all topped with melted cheese. Perfect for family dinners and potlucks, this hearty dish is easy to prepare and highly customizable. Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or experiment with variations like Mexican or vegetarian versions, tater tot casserole promises a satisfying meal that everyone will love.
Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 1 hr 10 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 300 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure even cooking and a crispy top.
  2. Cook the Ground Beef: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Once cooked, drain any excess fat.
  3. Sauté the Onions: Add the chopped onion to the skillet with the ground beef and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the onions are softened and translucent.
  4. Mix the Soups and Sour Cream: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream. Stir until well blended to create the creamy base for the casserole.
  5. Combine the Ingredients: Add the cooked ground beef and onions to the bowl with the soup mixture. If you are using frozen mixed vegetables, add them now. Stir everything together until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Assemble the Casserole: Pour the beef and soup mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top. Arrange the frozen tater tots in a single layer over the cheese.
  7. Bake the Casserole: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the tater tots are golden brown and crispy and the casserole is bubbly around the edges.
  8. Serve and Enjoy : Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This allows it to set and makes it easier to cut into portions. Serve warm and enjoy the comforting flavors of this classic dish

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