Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole. I know it has been made "famous" by a television show about a large family, but I have been making this recipe since the mid 1980's! I got the recipe in college while I was an after school nanny for a family where the mother, a nurse, would work the evening shift at times and leave this dinner for me to put in the oven for her husband and kids to eat later.

This recipe causes completely polar opposite reactions in my house! I think it was the first dinner I cooked for my husband when we got married, and he still loves it today. My daughter loves it too, but my two sons detest it! I don't make it often any more, just an occasional treat for my hubby, but it definitely is fun to see the reactions of love and hate from my family when I do!

I decided to post it, to document this "Infamous" Recipe of our family for the sake of history.

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Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey cooked and crumbled
1 can of cream of chicken soup (or mushroom soup)
2 cans of green beans drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag frozen tater tots.


Preheat oven to 375°
In casserole dish mix together cooked ground meat and soup.
Layer green beans on top of meat mixture.
Sprinkle cheese on top of green beans
Place tater tots on top of cheese. (Stick them up tall, so you can cram a ton on there!)
Bake 1 hour or till tots are crispy and casserole is hot and bubbly.


  1. Anonymous10/22/2013

    Oh Hey, I was just going to tell you it's actually called "Tater-Tot Hotdish" There isn't such a thing as a casserole in Minnesota. The recipe is a staple in Minnesota and has been passed around at many a church luncheon for a very long time... We'll let it slide, but hotdish is a more accurate term :)

    1. I will remember that if i ever move there! Ya learn something new every day!

  2. Casserole was always a favorite in our household when our daughters where growing up and still is a favorite for that hubby of mine and now that my daughters have families of their own; they now make it for their family. A recipe that goes from generation to generation I believe.
    Only difference; I use thawed frozen peas in place of the green beans but I have also made it using drained mixed veggies.

    1. I just cant do the peas. I only like them raw, fresh from the garden. I would be the one trying to hide the peas on my plate! My hubby may like that though so may have to try for him! Thanks! (i think) :)

  3. I love Tater Tot Casserole. I am going to try your recipe. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Hope you can join us this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/10/try-new-tuesday-october-29.html

  4. Looks like a dish that could have come from Amish country, lots of carbs, but oh how delicious it looks.

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