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Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

This is the best tater tot casserole recipe out there. It’s easy to make, will feed the entire family, and everyone will love it. If you add veggies to the lineup, you’ve just about hit every food group in one dish. 

Tater tot casserole in a dish and on a plate

Casseroles are easy to make and we make a lot of hamburger casseroles around here.

They are perfect for when we’re running around dropping off and picking up kids, as well as going to tutoring or music lessons. 

You can make up the casserole ahead of time, add the tater tots right before cooking, and have a meal in less than an hour. 

What do I need to make tater tot casserole?

  • Oven
  • 9″ x 13″ casserole dish
  • Butter
  • Ground beef
  • 1 bag of tater tots
  • Onion
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Milk 
  • Sour cream
  • Garlic salt
  • Skillet
  • Stovetop
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon for mixing
  • Non-stick spray
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Tater tot casserole in a casserole dish

How do I make the best tater tot casserole?

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Add a tablespoon of butter to a saucepan and allow it to melt.
  3. Next, add the onions and cook until they are golden brown. Add the ground beef and cook until done. Drain the grease.
  4. Once drained, add the ground beef and onions to a large bowl. 
  5. Next, add the salt, pepper, garlic salt, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk. Mix well.
  6. Pour into a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. 
  7. Top with the tater tots.
  8. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until the tater tots are golden brown. 

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe and printable instructions listed below

Meat cooking in a cast iron skillet with onions

Begin by adding a tablespoon of butter to the skillet, on medium heat. Next, add the onions and cook until they are golden brown. Then, add the ground beef and cook until done. 

 

Cooked meat in a large glass bowl

Drain the grease off of the meat and transfer the meat to a large bowl. I used a super large bowl for this recipe so I wasn’t knocking stuff out of the side when mixing. 

 

Ground beef in a large glass bowl with sour cream

Add the salt, pepper, garlic salt, and the sour cream to the bowl. 

 

Ground beef, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream in a large glass bowl

Now, add the cream of chicken soup. 

If you are like me and forget certain items at the store, here’s a great homemade recipe for condensed cream of chicken soup. 

 

Shredded cheddar cheese, ground beef, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream in a large bowl.

The shredded cheddar cheese is next. 

 

Milk being poured into a bowl with ground beef casserole ingredients.

Pour the milk into the bowl.

 

Ground beef casserole mixed up in a large glass bowl

Mix the ingredients. 

If you’d like to add vegetables to the dish, now is the time. One to two cups of frozen veggies will be plenty. We’ve added mixed veggies or just green peas to the dish for more nutritional value.

 

Tater tot casserole spread out in a casserole dish

Pour the cheesy tater tot casserole into the dish and spread it out.

 

Tater tots on top of ground beef in a casserole dish

Top with the bag of tater tots. I pretty much had the perfect amount of tater tots from one bag to add to the top of the casserole dish. 

 

Baked tater tot casserole in a casserole dish next to a red plate

Place the easy tater tot casserole into the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until the dish is bubbly and the tater tots are golden brown.

If you’d really like to have toasty tater tots, you can turn the oven to broil for the last five minutes. 

 

A large scoop of tater tot casserole on a red plate

This is one of my favorite dishes because it’s so simple to make and very flavorful. It’s a great dish for a crowd or teenagers. I have two teenage boys and we ate plenty and still had leftovers. 

Tater tot casserole on a red plate next to a casserole dish

More dinner casseroles that you will love: 

Tater tots and meat on a plate.

Check out the cheeseburger tater tot casserole recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a great family meal and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your dish on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

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Yield: 8 servings

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

This is the best tater tot casserole recipe out there. It's easy to make, will feed the entire family, and everyone will love it. If you add veggies to the lineup, you've just about hit every food group in one dish. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 - 10.5 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 - 28 oz. bag frozen tater tots

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees and grease a 9" x 13" casserole dish.

  1. Add the butter to the skillet, on medium heat, and let it melt. Now, add the diced onions and cook until they are golden brown.
  2. Next, add the ground beef and cook until done. Drain the grease and add to a large bowl.
  3. Now, add the salt, pepper, garlic salt, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk. Stir well.
  4. Pour into the greased casserole dish and spread to the edges.
  5. Top with the entire bag of tater tots.
  6. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown.

Notes

To get extra crispy tater tots, turn the oven on broil for the last five minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1177mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g
Nutrition is approximate.

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Christy Jordan

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

This looks wonderful, Thank you!!!

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 24th of August 2019

Thanks so much, Christy! And thanks for the feature on Southern Plate!