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Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe


Easiest Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Hip2Save

Sometimes we just need an easy hot meal that the kids will eat and one that we likely have all the ingredients for.  This one is a classic family favorite and it only has five simple ingredients. I like to use ground turkey or ground beef and it comes out delicious every time.  This also is a meal you can make ahead of time and put in the oven before you’re ready to eat. YUM!

Tater Tot Casserole

1/2 of a 32 oz. bag of frozen Tater Tots
1 small onion chopped
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup milk (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef or turkey with the onions. Drain excess fat, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spread the beef mixture evenly over the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Arrange tater tots evenly over beef layer. In a small bowl, stir the soup into the milk until smooth; pour over tater tot and beef layers. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and slightly brown.

Note: I’m putting  milk as optional because most of the time I forget or I feel like the texture comes out thicker and tastes better without. This is just my preference, but some may like the thinner creamier texture with milk. 

How to make tater tot casserole Hip2Save

I love letting the tater tots get extra crispy.

Easy Tatertot Casserole Hip2Save

I’ve made this a few times as a “meals on wheels” dinner for friends and family who’ve just had a baby or just had surgery. Everyone has loved it, and I hope your family does as well! 🙂

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime![/h2s_box]

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Comments 71

  1. Sabina B.

    So funny. That’s our dinner tonight. My kids favorite. Except I put the tater tots on the bottom. Never have leftovers.

    • leane

      Our family also loves this recipe but we change it up we use cream of chicken soup and chicken and I have also used cream of broccoli soup and added broccoli to it also. We now prefer chicken to ground beef recipe.

    • Mindy

      Lol. We actually had it LAST night! Great minds think alike! Hands down one of my kids favorite dinners!

  2. Heather

    Collin, how much milk? I didn’t see it in the ingredients list but you mentioned mixing the soup with it. 🙂 thanks for posting this I’ve been looking for a good recipe for this for a while

    • tracy

      im not sure but normally it is the amount of the can of mushroom

  3. Alissa

    Love tator tot hotdish! My recipe is similar but I also add green beans or mixed veggies 🙂

  4. Jennie S.

    Is there anything that can be substituted for Cream of Mushroom? My family will not eat that.

    • maflies1

      Cream of Chicken… or celery.

    • Mindy

      I make it with cream of chicken! Just had this last night, as a matter of fact!

    • jane

      We use cream of cheddar soup.

    • Anastasia

      I use canned beef gravy instead of soup and works great.

    • Lee Ann

      I use cream of onion. Sometimes cheddar cheese soup.

  5. maflies1

    Has anyone tried freezing this ahead of time? Results??? Used to make this. Thanks for the reminder about this!

    • Kelly

      I always triple this when I make it. Then I put the meat/soup/veggie mix in ziplock bags and freeze it. When we want it, I thaw the mix out and then top it with cheese and tater tots. Makes for a quick easy supper!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great idea!

      • Melissa

        I agree! Great idea!

    • Julie

      I have made it and divided it between two 8×8 pyrex square pans. Bake one for supper and put the other in the freezer for an easy meal later. I just thaw it a little before hand (if I remember, or bake it a little longer) but it always turns out great- can’t tell the difference between the one baked fresh and the one frozen. I also put canned green beans in it and use a can of cream of chicken and a can of cream of mushroom. I am brining this tonight to a friend who had surgery recently. Too funny on the timing! 🙂

  6. Glenda

    We have used this recipe for years…. except we put the tator tots on last.

  7. me

    how much milk?

    it says to mix the milk in with the soup but milk isnt listed in ingredient list so no amount is listed.

    I’ve never made it with milk or cheese…just the basics for me;)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi I updated the milk ingredient and added the note it’s optional and I prefer mine with very little or no milk. It’s up to your preference. I did not add it on this one. Thanks!!

      • me


  8. Melissa S

    I just made this for my son’s football banquet and there was nothing left:)! I make mine in a big roaster pan because I have 5 kids and it doesn’t make enough otherwise. I use browned hamburger and layer green beans, cream of mushroom soup/not diluted/straight from the can/ and then 1.5 bags of tater tots. I salt and pepper the beef and also the tater tots. Winner everytime:)

    • Heather C.

      Melissa, how much ground beef do you use?

  9. Crystal

    We’ve loved tater tot casserole for years. Sometimes we do a sloppy joe tater tot casserole version too. Both go quick.

  10. Christie

    I had this recipe and the tater tots were on the bottom and ooey gooey! YUM! 🙂

  11. Ashley

    Throw a can of green beans in there too. It’s delicious!

    • marie

      That is how we have made it for years. Hamburger on bottom, spread cr. mush soup over that, top it with green beans and then tater tots. Nothing else.

  12. Michele

    I love making this with green beans added to the beef mixture:)

  13. Cathy

    Always good at my house too. Hamburger first layer, then green beans or corn, cream of chicken soup and then some kind of cheese from a jar, the Ortega mexican dip kind if you like spicy, then the tator tots on top. The best part about tator tot casserole is you can make it with what you like!

  14. melissa

    I mix in about 1/2 can of milk and also 1/2-3/4 bag of any time of frozen veggies.

  15. Jesse

    whole chickens are super cheap for me right now, so I’m going to try this with shredded chicken, and add some veggies to it. Yum!

    • Rae

      Great with chicken if you like pepperjack it goes really well with the chicken version.

      • Jesse


      • Jesse

        oops- meant to type great suggestion, Rae, thank you!

  16. candace

    We had this last night! It is one of my hubby’s favorites. I like tater tots so crispy that I cook them alone in the oven and then spoon the beef and soup mixture onto the dish and then put the cooked taters on top. Oh, don’t forget the ketchup!!

  17. Erin

    Holy recipes! Is this a permanent feature?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes!! I’ll be posting recipes and DIY/crafts regularly 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      • Ger


  18. Melissa

    This looks delicious! I have some cream of chicken on hand that I stocked up to make Hawaiian haystacks. Is this the first of recipes for frugal menu ideas? It’s my son’s turn to cook, but I might have him try this tonight! LOL Thank you for the great recipe! I hope there’s more to come!

  19. holly

    We do ours with Chili on top (no ground beef under). It’s like a chili-tot casserole with LOTS of cheddar on top…then add sour cream after it’s done.

    • Stephanie

      That sounds really good, maybe you could post your recipe?

    • jamie

      That sounds yummy!!! Please do share your recipe!

    • Stephanie

      I would like to know how you make that one too.

  20. Rae

    Cheese under the tots at this house too… as far as the other ingredients we have had it just about every way. Cooked cubed chicken with roast garlic mushroom soup and pepperjack cheese is my favorite(the veggie is what ever I have in the freezer) Also great with some bacon bits sprinkled on the cheese under tots. A fast one pan/dish version is using smoked sausage as the meat.

  21. Alexis G.

    Love this. Please keep the recipes coming!

  22. Chris

    Love the recipes! Keep ’em coming!

  23. Abbie

    I put peas in mine! Yum!!

  24. Jennifer

    Try it with golden mushroom soup. It tastes like fries and a cheeseburger!! Yummy!!!

  25. Todd

    Wow….this sounds like an awesome dish, Ive never heard of it. Im definately gonna try it.

  26. Stephanie

    I put cream of celery and evaporated milk. I also line up my tater tots so that the entire top is covered. It’s our favorite!

  27. Julie

    When I make Chicken pot pie I usually double or triple up the filling and then I do this with the extra. We have green beans, peas, corn or whatever we have mixed in. Everyone loves it.

  28. Samantha

    OK -I REALLY like these new recipes -is there someway I can print them out in a printer friendly way -I would really like to print this one -wishing I bought tater tots instead of fries at the store!

  29. Jesse

    they were out of chicken, so I got organic beef. With all organic ingredients this meal cost me $18, fyi.
    Can’t wait to taste it! At that price, it had better be good, lol 🙂

  30. jamie

    Yummy! Love tater tot casserole! We add green beans and mushrooms to ours!

  31. nel

    At our house I do this DIY mix for cream of whatever soups. It is healthier and cheaper. If you want to try just doing a small batch, Target sells small packs of non-fat dry milk. We initially tried it and you totally can’t tell the difference in recipes so I keep a big container of the mix for casserole season (aka winter) in MN. It is an extra step but it is also nice to have on hand.


  32. Jennifer

    We add greenbeans too. Sometimes I make it with ground sausage, corn, and cubed hashbrowns. It’s yummy and breakfasty

  33. April

    I make this all the time but I layer beef, then a can of veg-all, a can of cream of chicken, shredded cheese- a lot then tator tots on top. Can make ahead and freeze works well!

  34. NolaGirl

    OT – Have any Mac users upgraded to OS X Mavericks?
    If yes, have you been able to print coupons?

  35. K

    Reminds me of Denny’s double, smothered and covered hash browns. So good!

  36. Aliviah

    We had this tonight for dinner! I added a layer of corn and everyone ate it up. Thanks for the post! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hooray! You’re welcome, thanks for letting us know!

  37. Sarah

    Thanks Lina and Collin!! Keeps these wonderfully easy and yummy recipes coming!! I’m pinning them with all intent of making them!!
    I’m planning to make your Slow Cooker sausage and corn chowder tomorrow morning and the pumpkin roll saturday, and now I’ll have to add tater tots to my next grocery trip 😉
    All these comfort and easy foods are RIGHT up my alley!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yay this is great news! Enjoy! 🙂

  38. Pamela Leann Canon Maciejewski

    this version sounds much easier than the way ive been making this for years except that I would have to like triple this version to make enough for my family – this is the difference in how I make it – I put the tator tots in oven by themselves to start cooking process while i brown the hamburger then i combine the cream of mushroom soup with the browned hamburger and then once that is mixed up then I combine that with the tator tots and mix that together – then I put cheddar cheese and some motzerella cheese over the top of it all and cover with foil – put in oven for 20 more minutes – my kids devour the whole pan every time but as I said your recipe seems to be easier (less steps)

  39. kristyn

    My mom used to make tater tot casserole with sausage links and a can of cream of corn soup. As a kid I loved it. I havent had it in almost 30 years. Not so sure how much I would love it now!….I think I might make it for the kids! Thanks for the memory!

  40. Porsche' Robey

    Thanks or this recipe i had foind a similar one on Pinterst and was going to make it for my supper swap group but this one looks yummier than the other so im making it today, got the meat cooking now actually. 🙂 looking forward to more yummy recipes.

  41. Kay

    we like it better with the Ore Ida crowns instead of the tater tots

  42. AnnaMarie

    I use sausage, add chopped bell peppers, stir minced garlic into the soup, dust the tots with McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning then the Kraft 5 Italian Cheese bag to give it a whole different flavor. Works great for breakfast.

  43. Jessica Hubbard

    I can’t wait to make this! I have 3 opened bags of tots in my freezer – my husband keeps buying more because he forgets we already have them, lol

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