Tater Tot Casserole for Dinner

No, it’s not breakfast for dinner (or “B4D” as we called it in college) or a side dish for brunch. It’s a meaty, cheesy, filling main course that is sure to be loved by husbands, children, and church potlucks alike!

I combined a few different recipes I found for this dish to make it my own and I’m certain it will be a new “go-to” in my house. This is one of those dinners you can just whip up without much work and everyone is full and happy!



  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup
  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)


  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown your meat and onion; drain grease.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk, 1 cup of cheese, and can of soup. Mix well.
  • Add browned meat and onion to mixture and combine.
  • Spray a 2.5 quart baking dish (which is a little smaller and deeper than a 9×13) with cooking spray and line the bottom with a single layer of (still frozen) tater tots.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the tater tots.
  • For the next layer, pour in the meat and soup mixture evenly.
  • Top with a single layer of (still frozen) tater tots.
  • Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving. The tater tots will be crunchy and golden brown.


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