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Tasty Tater Tot Casserole – The Stay At Home Chef

Tater tot casserole is like that cozy, favorite sweater you can’t wait to pull out of the closet when the weather gets chilly. It’s the ultimate comfort food that we all love this time of year. Easy to whip up and even easier to devour, this dish is a lifesaver on busy weeknights and a hit at every potluck. It’s got that perfect mix of crispy, cheesy, and savory that makes everyone at the table go back for seconds. Whether you’re cooking for picky eaters or trying to impress your dinner guests, this casserole has got your back. Let’s dive into making your new go-to meal that’s guaranteed to bring smiles all around.

If you can’t get enough potatoes in your life, make sure to try funeral potatoes and cheesy scalloped potatoes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless preparation with simple steps and common kitchen ingredients.
  • A sure hit with the younger crowd, ensuring clean plates all around.
  • The creamy, savory layers under a layer of cheesy tater tots offer the ultimate comfort food experience.

Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients & Substitutions

Overhead view of a kitchen counter top with measured out ground beef, broth, milk, salt, pepper, cheese, corn, green beans, butter, onion, flour, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Ground Beef: Adds richness and depth; substitute with ground chicken, turkey, or a plant-based alternative for a lighter version.
  • Onion and Butter: Build the flavor foundation; onions can be swapped for shallots for a milder taste.
  • Flour, Beef Broth, and Milk: Thicken the sauce, ensuring a creamy texture; substitute with gluten-free flour, vegetable broth, or your preferred plant-based milk as needed.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Gives a tangy depth; soy sauce or balsamic vinegar can be used as alternatives.
  • Corn and Green Beans: Add sweetness and a pop of color; feel free to replace with peas or diced carrots.
  • Tater Tots: The crispy topping; no real substitute but sweet potato tots offer a tasty twist.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Melty goodness; try mozzarella, Colby, or pepper jack for different flavor profiles.
A collage of nine images showing the process of making tater tot casserole from start to finish.

How to Serve Tater Tot Casserole

Not sure what to pair your cheesy tater tot casserole with? While it is filling and can be served on its own, you may want to add some side dishes to really round the meal out. Try serving it with:

Troubleshooting

  • Cheese Burns or Overbrowns: If the cheese on top starts to burn or brown too quickly, cover the casserole with aluminum foil for the remainder of the baking time. This will protect the cheese from direct heat while allowing the casserole to continue cooking through.
  • Flavors Seem Bland: Seasoning is key to a flavorful casserole. If the dish tastes bland, consider increasing the amount of salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce slightly. Taste the meat and sauce mixture before adding it to the baking dish, and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Frozen Tater Tots Make Casserole Soggy: To prevent the casserole from becoming soggy due to frozen tater tots releasing moisture, thaw the tots slightly before adding them to the top of the casserole.

Tips From the Chef

  • Take the time to properly brown the meat for added flavor.
  • Arrange the tater tots in a single layer to ensure they cook evenly.
Tater tot casserole in a white baking dish.

When is Tater Tot Casserole Ready?

  • Color: Look for the cheese to turn golden-brown.
  • Texture: The casserole should be bubbly around the edges, with a thick, creamy interior.

Make-Ahead & Freezer Instructions

  1. Prepare the casserole according to the recipe, omitting the cheese layer.
  2. Allow the dish to cool completely after assembly.
  3. If your baking dish is freezer safe, you may freeze in that same dish. If not, transfer it to a disposable, freezer-safe foil baking dish and wrap tightly.
  4. Freeze the prepared casserole; it will keep well for up to 3 months.
  5. When ready to enjoy, thaw the casserole overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. Add the cheese on top, then bake as directed in the recipe.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Warm in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through, about 20 minutes.

More Favorite Casserole recipes

Watch the video below where Caytlin will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

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