This easy tater tot casserole recipe is an easy and delicious meal that families with kids really love! Tater tot casserole is a traditional comfort food that can easily be a one dish meal and it’s a great way to use leftover mixed vegetables and hamburger!
Who doesn’t love tater tot casserole? It is a perfect comfort food that many of us remember growing up! The delicious flavors of potatoes, seasoned ground beef and vegetables slow baked and melded together in a casserole make a perfect one-dish meal.
You can easily make this tater tot casserole recipe with just 5 minutes’ work! Then just toss it in the oven and wait for dinner! Why spend too much money and time eating out when you can have something this easy and delicious at home, where you don’t have to wait in line or hear the kids complaining about that restaurant food that really didn’t cut it even though you paid too much!
This tater tot casserole is great to serve anytime, but I prefer to make it more often when it is cool outside or in the summer when the kids have been playing outside and are ired and ready for an easy meal! If your kids are having friends over or if you’re expecting a lot of family with not a lot of notice, this recipe is the perfect easy family dinner!
In addition to making this for your family, this tater tot casserole recipe is a great recipe to take to potlucks and parties because it is quick and easy to make and virtually everyone loves it. And if you’ve had a busy day and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you can quickly mix it up, put it in the oven and be done!Print
Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
1 to 2 lbs. hamburger, browned and seasoned to taste
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
8 oz. sour cream
20 oz. frozen mixed veggies, or leftover veggies*
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 lb. bag of Tater Tots
8 oz cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Gently mix together all of the ingredients except the cheese.
- Place into a greased 9×13 pan.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake at 350° for about 1 hour.
*Keep a container in the freezer and, when you have a small dab of leftover vegetables, put them in this container to use for recipes like this. This casserole is a great way to use leftover vegetables instead of making the usual veggie soup.
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This is a great recipe.I made one similar to this one.1-2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1/2 -1 cup milk, 1 small can mushrooms or 1/2 cup fresh chopped, hamburger,veggies of your choice, tater tots or broken hash browns.You can also use 1 can each of c.chicken & c.mushroom soup,& leave mushrooms out. The Dollar Tree sells hash browns -5-6 in pack, & also chicken thighs-3 in a pack for $1.00 each -where they have the frozen food sections.I stock up on these every month-It saves a lot.They also have small pks. of bay scallops, great for mixing in with noodles or rice & sauce.And boneless chicken breasts-clear see -through pkg. 4-6 in each-but I haven’t tried those yet. Does any one know how to make homemade dry Jerk seasoning? I bought some once & went to every store -even Ocean StateJob Lot & Christmas Tree Shop- but can’t find any brand anywhere.Thanks.
I make this all the time. It’s great and a little cheaper :)with ground turkey too. Never tried it with the onion soup mix before though. Gonna try that next time. Thanks Tawra.
This is very similar to my Easy Beef Casserole recipe. My recipe doesn’t call for dry onion soup mix, though that sounds good, too.
My recipe originally called for 1/2 of a 2 lb. bag tater tots, 1/2 of a 1 lb. bag of frozen mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, browned ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, and cheese on top. (I usually stir the browned meat and soup together and spread on tots.) Recently, the veggies have been downsized to 12 oz., and I always liked more tater tots. So when I made this last week I used the whole 2 lb. bag of tater tots and whole 12 oz. frozen veggies. My recipe recommends thawing the tater tots and veggies before starting this recipe, and that makes it much quicker to heat.
Since dried onion soup mix is not gluten free do you have any suggestions for substitutions?
You can make your own. (Tawra under Mike’s name :-)
I just copied all the stuff I need and going shopping to get all the ingredients. Can’t wait to try this yummy looking dinner tonight!!! Thank-you
I have been making this for years, I use ground beef, cream of chicken soup, frozen veggies, and have started adding some frozen green chillies. I start by browing the burger, then stir the soup, frozen veggies, and chills into the same pan. This shortens the cooking time. I put a layer of shredded cheddar down and then completely cover the top with Tater ‘Tots. I have never cooked this more than 35 – 40 minutes till the tots are crunchy on the top. My sister-in-law adds a package of cream cheese.
Is there’s a part cooking process left out ? … if all the ingredients are all mixed together there’s no way it will look like the pic at the top of this page ….help me out here !!!!!!!!!
Everyone’s will look different – you can use different veggies or like in this picture you can garnish with tater tots – you could also sprinkle with cheese. We use pictures that are general and sometimes they can’t be exact.
Are the tots mixed in as well or just layered on top?
You can do it either way. Mix it all together or mix some and layer some on top.
Does this dish need to be covered while baking in the oven?
No it doesn’t. Usually as a rule of thumb you don’t have to cover a casserole unless the recipe specifically says to. Also for some thing like this you want the tater tots to crisp up somewhat so you don’t want to cover.
Tawra, this was so easy and absolutely delicious. I used ground turkey as hubby can’t eat beef and he loved it. Your recipes never fail to delight me. Love, Sandi Jo
Hi Jill, I just made the casserole today, and it turned out well. Yum, very tasty. It was easy to assemble, and I will make it again for sure. I think it was a little bit on the dry side though. Do you have any suggestions for something I can do next time to make it a little more “moist”? Thank you for all the great recipes and tips :)
Lena, this casserole isn’t suppose to be real soggy but like all casserole if you like yours more moist you can add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of milk and stir it in with the soup. You can add and take away things in casseroles and adjust them quite a bit more than like in a baking a cake recipe.
Thank you :)