Best Ever Tater Tot Casserole is a classic comfort food recipe that everyone loves!  This casserole is packed full of meat, green beans, corn, soup, and cheese for a totally satisfying dinner!

tater tot casserole

This post first appeared over at I am Baker, where I am a contributor.  Be sure to try out my Chicken Tater Tot Casserole and my Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole too!  We also love our Classic Tuna Casserole so much for an easy weeknight dinner.

What is Tater Tot Casserole?

Tater tot casserole is also sometimes known as tater tot hotdish depending on where you live! It’s a simple and comforting casserole with a few main components. Typically in these casserole recipes, you will find meat, potatoes or some other kind of starch, along with a combination of vegetables, cheese, and canned soup.

Tater tot casserole has been popular around family dinner tables for years because they are convenient to make using only one pan. They are also a favorite meal because they are very budget friendly! You can feed a crowd with a single 9×13 inch pan of tater tot casserole, or, you can easily get two meals from one casserole for a family of four.

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole:

My tater tot casserole recipe is so simple to make. A lot of times you will see hotdish made by the layering of ingredients with the meat first, then the soup, then the tater tots.

My version varies a bit from the traditional layering. But, I have found after making this casserole for years, that my way makes for the most flavorful casserole with the most accurate cooking time!

I start by cooking my ground beef with seasonings, then draining the grease if necessary. Instead of layering the casserole, then I mix the cooked beef together with two cans of soup, sour cream, the vegetables, and cheese.

Then, spread the beef mixture in the pan, and top with an even layer of tater tots. By mixing everything together, the meat has excellent flavor, and you don’t have to worry about it drying out!

ingredients for tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole with Green Beans:

Feel free to use canned or frozen vegetables in this recipe, both work just fine. I typically always use canned green beans and canned corn, because those are my family’s favorites. Tater tot casserole is also great with peas, carrots, broccoli, or whatever veggies your family likes best!

Same goes for the cheese for this recipe. I typically like to use sharp cheddar but have added parmesan as well and it adds great flavor. You can experiment with a mixture of cheeses to make this casserole your own.

baked tater tot casserole

How Long to Cook Tater Tot Casserole:

You will want to cook your tater tot casserole at  350 degrees. As tempting as it might be to cook this casserole at a higher temperature, it is best to go a little lower and slower.

Baking at 350 ensures that the casserole will be hot and bubbly, the cheese melted, and the tater tots perfectly light brown and crispy! This will take about 50 minutes total. Next, you will add your extra shredded cheese right on top of the casserole and place it back into the oven for about 5 minutes, just until the cheese is melted.

easy tater tot casserole with green beans

Enjoy!

~Nichole

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Tater Tot Casserole

Best Ever Tater Tot Casserole is a classic comfort food recipe that everyone loves!  This casserole is packed full of meat, green beans, corn, soup, and cheese for a totally satisfying dinner!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef along with the onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce until the beef is no longer pink. Draine grease if necessary.
  • In a large bowl mix together the beef mixture with the sour cream, both cans of soup, corn, green beans, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Spread the beef and soup mixture into the prepared pan. Top with an even layer of tater tots and bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, until tater tots are brown and the casserole is bubbling.
  • Top the casserole with the remaining shredded cheese and bake for 5 minutes longer until cheese is melted.

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Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 868mg, Potassium: 559mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Vitamin C: 9.2mg, Calcium: 237mg, Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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280 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the best tator tot hot dish recipe out there and also super versatile. My family likes cream of chicken and cream of mushroom so that’s what I use (one of each) and it’s a hit! Also ran out of shredded cheese for the first time ever so had to make it with about 1/3 of what the recipe calls for and it still turned out amazing. Thank you for writing down a staple recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe I had only had tater tot casserole once before and it was layered and dry in some bites this recipe is fantastic never a dry bite. This is in my dinner rotation for sure.. Thanks for sharing I’m glad I ran into your recipe. I use roasted garlic cream of mushroom soup , add alil more onion, extra sour cream

  3. 5 stars
    Love the Tater Tot Hot Dish it is absolutely 🔥! This is definitely comfort food and I absolutely love love love it. I know when that dish is on the table it is absolutely all gone at the end of the meal. I did modify it by adding a can of peas and bumped up the sour cream because I love the creamy taste and texture. Absolutely glorious recipe thanks for sharing ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  4. Gotta put onion rings on top. This was a staple my mom made, and I still make it on cold damp nights. Great comfort food.

  5. Has anybody frozen this? If so, how much time did you add when you’ve cooked it from frozen? And I’m assuming still 350 :-)?

  6. 4 stars
    1st I’ll say I love your biscuits and gravy recipe best I have ever found now my 18 yr I
    Old boy uses the same recipe. Now the only think I wish was done different are the cans of soup .it didn’t say if they were condensed cream of whatever or not. I didn’t know there was a difference until today. Anyways it’s in the oven now I got 35 mun left can’t wait! Again thank you.