Classic Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

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Tater Tot Casserole – How to make a classic tater tot casserole with ground beef, vegetables, and mushroom soup. Easy delicious dinner recipe you can make ahead and freeze.

tater tot casserole with veggies served on white plate with blue casserole dish

Busy nights call for easy dinner ideas, like this deliciously easy tater tot casserole recipe. You can even make it ahead of time and put it in the freezer.

I’ve found the easier the meal on those busy nights, the less tempted I am to go through the fast food lane or order takeout. And tater tot hotdish is so easy to make, requiring very little prep time.

While this hamburger casserole isn’t the lowest carb recipe you can make, it’s still a kid-friendly, quick meal option that will save your sanity.

Not to mention, it’s a tater tot casserole with veggies. So you’ve got everything in one simple casserole dish.

If you love a good casserole, you’ll also love this delicious taco tater tot casserole and sloppy joe shepherd’s pie recipe.

scooping tater tot hotdish out of blue casserole dish

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR TATER TOT CASSEROLE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the tater tot casserole recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT KIND OF VEGGIES SHOULD I USE IN TATER TOT HOTDISH?

While I prefer to use canned veggies, you can use frozen or fresh, as well, depending on your preference.

layering canned green beans and mixed vegetables to make tater tot casserole with veggies in blue and white casserole dish

Although, do keep in mind that if you choose to use fresh root vegetables, like carrots, you may want to parboil them. Food Fanatic has a great guide for how to parboil.

WHAT KIND OF MEAT SHOULD I USE?

I prefer to use ground beef. But you can also use ground turkey or sausage.

cooking ground beef for tater tot hamburger casserole in cast iron skillet

WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP?

That’s ok. You can use any creamed soup you want; or even create your own creamy beef broth, using beef bullion and heavy whipping cream (or milk), to add to the casserole.

layering cream of mushroom soup onto ground beef in tater tot casserole, in blue and white casserole dish

We’ve also used cream of celery soup, which gives hamburger casserole a really delicious flavor.

CAN I MAKE AHEAD TATER TOT CASSEROLE AND FREEZE IT?

Yes, you can make it ahead and put it in the freezer for later. Just be sure to put it in the fridge in plenty of time to thaw before baking or add a little additional cook time, maybe 20 minutes or so.

layering tater tots on tater tot hotdish for baking, in blue and white casserole dish

You’ll also want to cover it well before freezing, so it doesn’t get freezer burn. If you have a covered casserole dish, that will work well.

You can also make it the day before and put it in the fridge for baking the next day.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE

Making tater tot casserole is super easy with only a few prep steps.

  • Mince the onion and garlic, and then sauté for a few minutes, until they begin to soften.
  • Then add in the ground beef and cook until it’s nicely browned.
layering browned ground beef in blue and white casserole dish for tater tot casserole recipe
  • Then just layer the ingredients in a greased casserole dish. Start with the green beans, then the mixed veggies, the ground beef, the soup, and finally the tater tots to top it all off.
  • And it’s ready to bake, according to the instructions in the recipe card below.
topping tater tot casserole with tater tots in blue and white baking dish

MORE CASSEROLE RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY:

If you’re looking for a lower carb option, this Instant Pot cauliflower, sausage, and chicken casserole is always a dinnertime hit in our house. We also enjoy this turkey enchilada skillet casserole.

Mommy Hates Cooking has a delicious chili cheese tater tot casserole. A Farmgirl’s Dabbles shares how to make a delicious tater tot hotdish without canned soup.

layers of tater tot casserole in blue and white casserole dish

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE

Cast Iron Skillet – for browning the ground beef. You could also layer the casserole in a larger cast iron skillet.

Hamburger Chopper – This handy dandy tool makes it easier to chop up the meat into a much looser mixture.

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

easy tater tot casserole with veggies served on white plate with fork

Can Strainer – so nifty for straining the liquid out of canned veggies.

Spatula – especially helpful for scooping out and spreading the soup.

Casserole Dish

cooked tater tot hotdish in blue and white baking dish

TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE

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Classic Tater Tot Casserole

How to make a classic tater tot casserole with ground beef, vegetables, and mushroom soup. Easy delicious dinner recipe you can make ahead and freeze.

Course Main Course, Main Dish – Casserole
Cuisine American, Main Dish
Keyword casserole recipes, easy casserole recipes, easy tater tot casserole, hamburger casserole, tater tot casserole, tater tot casserole recipe, tater tot casserole with veggies, tater tot hotdish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 459 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Sauté the minced onion and garlic in the bacon grease until they begin to soften.

  3. Then add the ground beef to the onion/garlic mixture, and cook until it’s browned.

  4. Layer the vegetables in the bottom of a greased casserole dish.

  5. Add a second layer with the browned ground beef over the vegetables.

  6. Spread the soup over the ground beef mixture.

  7. Finally, layer the tater tots on top.

  8. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 40 minutes, or until the tots are a golden brown color.

  9. Remove from the oven and serve while warm.

Recipe Notes

*You can use bacon grease, butter, or olive oil to cook the onions and garlic.

**While I prefer to use canned veggies, you can use frozen or fresh, as well, depending on your preference. Using fresh root vegetables, like carrots, may require parboiling.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Tater Tot Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1081mg 45%
Potassium 778mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 61.1%
Vitamin C 25.4%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Update: This recipe was originally published in April 2013, but was re-published with bigger photos and more details in January 2019.

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10 thoughts on “Classic Tater Tot Casserole Recipe”

    • Shannah, can’t wait to see your recipe.:) Love seeing how others make similar recipes. Maybe it’s the rainy weather right now, making us want comfort food.

    • Whitney, thanks for stopping by. You’ll have to let me know how you like it. How do you make yours? I’m always up for switchin’ things up.:)

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