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Tater Tot Casserole

by Laura

This tater tot casserole recipe is one that I have been making since I was married 25 years ago.  I got it originally from a friend and then made my own changes to the original.  It is one of my husbands favorite dishes.

When we were first married, I would make the whole pan all the time and then we would take the leftovers to work for lunches.  I must say, I did get my fill of the casserole back then, but my hubby has never tired of it.  I still surprise him with it occasionally since he loves it so much.  It is one of those dishes that doesn’t photograph extremely well, but it very tasty.

The tater tots are the base of the casserole. They then get covered with corn and a creamy ground beef sauce. Finally, it’s finished off with ooey gooey melty cheese!

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Tater Tot Casserole


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (32 oz) pkg tater tots
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, brown ground beef with onion until fully cooked; drain of grease.
  3. Add soup and milk to meat mixed and stir until well combined; set aside.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place tater tots in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle corn over the tater tots and then pour meat mixture over the corn and tater tots.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 35 minutes at 375. Remove foil and place back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
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 This is the original photo from this post when it was first published in January 16 of 2012.

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Christine Sheppeard December 10, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Instead of Tatar tots
I use Crispy crowns.They cook a little faster and not mushy.

jadesmom June 16, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I make tator tot casserole often but tried this recipe tonight and it was pretty good however I like my tator tots crunchy and not so mushy. I will stick to baking my tator tots first and using one can of cream of mushroom sauce.

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Wendy January 16, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I started making this about 30 years ago. Our version is hamburger, 1 can cream of chicken, 2 cans cream of mushroom, Milk to thin the soup. Tator tots on top. Bake til bubbly.

Bev Beers August 31, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I love Tater Tot casserole. I learned to make it a different way though. Like so many of the other posters, I use drained green beans instead of corn. Covered it with the cheese, then arrange tater tots on top. Then bake til tots are crispy. I like the idea one poster had of using spaghetti sauce. As I first learned to make this casserole using tomato soup and half a soup can of water or milk. I like it best that way. But next time will use spaghetti sauce. Thanks for the idea.

Heather August 17, 2013 - 4:46 pm

I layered tater tots on the bottom then covered it with some mixed veggies and the beef with the cream of mushroom soup and some cheese. then another layer of tater tots followed by the rest of the veggies and cream of mushroom soup with meat mixture followed by MORE cheese! However, in the process of making this I realized that I forgot to add the milk. I hope that this casserole still turns out 🙂

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Tiffany September 18, 2012 - 5:44 pm

I just put this in the oven. I followed this exactly as the recipe said. I usually do not add any milk, use cream of chicken soup and put the tater tots on top. I hope this one turns out well.

Ashley August 27, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Do I have to use foil if I put the tat tots on top?

Helen July 13, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I have just started making this, I too put the tater tots on top. One time I was out of any soup so I used a jar of spaghetti sauce mixed with a carton of sour cream. This version was even more popular with my family than the mushroom soup version–its probably healthier too!!

April January 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Love me some tater tot casserole! We always put the meat and cheese on the bottom and tots on top, makes them nice and crispy when baking! Deliciousness.

Jane January 16, 2012 - 6:45 pm

How funny. We just had a version of this tonight for dinner. It’s one of my husband’s favorites.

jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies January 16, 2012 - 6:07 pm

I make a version of this, but it’s a tad bit different. I use green beans instead of corn and I put the tots on top! It’s a family favorite!! This one sounds yummy, too!! =)

Stephanie January 16, 2012 - 12:58 pm

My husband loves Tator Tot Casserole. I on the other hand could easily live without it. So when I make it the ground beef has to be seasoned well with salt and pepper and onion. I always bake the tator tots first and. Just as someone else mentioned, the tator tots go on the top when I make this. They turn out extra crispy which makes it more tatsy. I do NOT like soggy tots.

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions January 16, 2012 - 12:41 pm

You can never go wrong with a good comforting casserole. Sounds like one the whole family would love!

christine January 16, 2012 - 11:02 am

I make this with cream of chicken or cream of celery and I mix it when half way through cooking breaking up all the potatoes and put Parmesan on top and put back in oven

Jana Brown January 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Heehee. I love tatertot casserole, but at our house we used canned green beans instead of corn and often flipped it upside down so that the tatertots were on top. That way you could arrange them in rows and other designs. 🙂

Michelle January 16, 2012 - 9:54 am

I was wondering if you think it would be good by substituting cream of mushroom for cream of chicken. Me and my family don’t care for mushrooms or the taste of the soup.

lori January 16, 2012 - 9:45 am

We love tatertot casserole! It’s such a quick fix! (I believe you left out the cheese in the ingredients 🙂


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