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Delicious tater tot casserole served with a cold beer.

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole is easy to make, delicious and filling. This casserole is perfect for those cold nights when you want something warm and filling. Try this recipe today for a flavorful casserole with few leftovers.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 928 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 c milk or cream
  • 1 c fresh sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 c broccoli florets (or other optional vegetable)
  • 1 c onions, sauteed
  • 2 c tater tots (enough to top the casserole)
  • 2 c cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (optional
  • 1 tsp basil (optional)
  • 1 tsp oregano (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic


  1. In a Dutch oven or large cast iron skillet, saute onion in olive oil over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute another few minutes.

    Sauteeing onions for tater tot casserole.
  2. Add the hamburger to the same pan with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned.

    Browning ground beef with Mexican spices and onion to make tater tot casserole.
  3. Add any optional vegetables and cover the mixture to cook for a few minutes. The vegetables just need to be slightly cooked.

    Broccoli cooking down before adding the rest of the ingredients for tater tot casserole.
  4. Remove from heat and add both cans of soup and milk or cream to the pan.

  5. Next, add the cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cheese. Mix well.

    The casserole mixture after adding all the ingredients. It's ready for some tater tots now!
  6. Top with a single layer of tater tots.

  7. Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese if desired.

  8. If baking in an oven, place in oven at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until the tater tots are a golden brown. If using a Dutch oven, cover and cook at 350° with 25 coals, 17 on top and 8 on the bottom for about 35 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown and crispy.

    Delicious tater tot casserole served with a cold beer.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.