Easy Tater Tot Casserole

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This Easy Tater Tot Casserole for Two combines ground beef with cream of mushroom soup which is topped with tater tots and cheddar cheese, then baked for 30 minutes.

A serving of tater tot casserole

Tater tot casserole is one of those comfort food dishes that brings a nostalgic smile to our faces. We don’t make it often, but once in a while we pull out this old, tried-and-true recipe.

It’s a perfect combination of crispy tater tots, rich ground beef, and savory cheese, all tied together with a creamy mushroom sauce, and it makes for a satisfying meal.

Whether you’re gathering around the table for a family dinner or enjoying a casual weeknight meal, this dish delivers in taste and ease of preparation.

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Why We Love Tater Tot Casserole

  • Simple Ingredients: The ingredients in this casserole are everyday staples that you may already have in your pantry. No fancy or exotic components here; just good old-fashioned comfort food.
  • Easy to Prepare: Even if you’re a novice in the kitchen, you can whip up this tater tot casserole with ease. The preparation is straightforward, and the cooking process is relatively hands-off.
  • A Crowd Pleaser: It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a plate of this cheesy, meaty goodness. Serve it up at your next gathering, and watch it disappear.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for tater tot casserole
  • Lean ground beef – This dish is very rich so using a lean ground beef will help keep it from being greasy and adding to that richness.
  • Onion – I use about 3/4 cup of chopped yellow onion.
  • Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup You can also make your own, if you’d rather not use a can.
  • Worcestershire sauce – A little bit of this sauce adds a lot of flavor to the filling.
  • Seasonings – garlic powder, salt, ground black pepper
  • Frozen tater tots – There’s no need to thaw the tots before putting them on the casserole.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – If you want to mix it up, you can use another type of good melting cheese, like Mozzarella or Colby Jack
  • Green onion – for garnish, this is optional

Helpful Tips

  • Use Quality Ingredients: Selecting lean ground beef and good quality cheese can elevate the flavors of this easy tater tot casserole.
  • Don’t Overcook: Keep an eye on the baking time to ensure the tater tots don’t become overly crisp and the cheese doesn’t burn.
  • Personalize Your Dish: Feel free to add in other ingredients that you enjoy, such as diced bell peppers or a touch of hot sauce for a little kick.
A serving of tater tot casserole

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

This Easy Tater Tot Casserole for Two combines ground beef with cream of mushroom soup which is topped with tater tots and cheddar cheese, then baked for 30 minutes.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 479kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340 g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 10.75 ounce (305 g) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 can
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.5 g) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper
  • 10 ounces (284 g) frozen tater tots about 2 heaping cups
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook, crumbling the meat with a spatula, until browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in condensed soup and Worcestershire sauce. Season with garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  • Transfer beef mixture to an 8×8-inch baking dish. Layer tater tots over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot with green onions, if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 432IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 3mg
Tater tot casserole

Additional Information

How to Store It: Allow the casserole to cool completely before storing. Place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

How to Reheat It: To reheat, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover the casserole with foil and bake for about 20 minutes or until heated through. If you want to crisp up the tater tots, uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

A forkful of tater tot casserole

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