Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

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What is it about this time of year that makes me want to throw open my windows, decorate with pumpkins, and start baking all manner of casseroles and comfort foods?

I mean, it’s August. I’m supposed to be enjoying the sunshine while laying on a beach, not wishing it away for crisp, cool air and the smell of burning leaves!

But, Fall is my thang, man. I love it. Mostly because it means that I can bust out all of my favorite recipes that require cranking up the oven. Nobody likes a hot oven in summer. Nobody.

So, I hereby declare mid-August as Fall-ish enough for casseroles! Bust out your elastic pants, because this Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is going to make your tummy very happy with this sloppy joe casserole.

My entire family gobbles this up, which is saying something, because my daughter and husband are two of the pickiest people I’ve ever met.


I’m using Manwich in my casserole, because let’s face it…it’s easy, delicious, and you always know what you’re getting. You can count on it to be a kid pleaser! We love plain ol’ sloppy joes, but my favorite way to use Manwich is in this casserole! It’s a one-dish dinner, though a side salad would make a nice addition to your meal. Check out the Manwich Recipes on their site for some more inspiration! Or watch some Manwich TV Ads to get you in the sloppy joe mood!

This comes together quickly for those busy nights when you’re going every which direction and just want to get something hearty and delicious on the table!

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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Yield: serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


1 pound ground beef
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 can corn, drained
1 can Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe Sauce
2 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
16 ounces tater tots
chives, for sprinkling on top as desired


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the peppers and onions until the meat is cooked through. Drain the fat and return to the heat. Stir in the corn, Manwich, and cream cheese. Cook over low heat until the cream cheese is melted.
Pour the sloppy joe mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the grated cheese.
Arrange the tater tots in a single layer over the top of the cheese. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped chives if desired. Serve immediately.

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148 Responses to “Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole”

  1. Jennifer December 2, 2013 @ 10:38 am (#

    The sloppy joe dip


  2. Shiloh Barkley December 11, 2013 @ 7:11 pm (#

    Great recipe! Made this tonight!


  3. Sarah January 9, 2014 @ 3:38 pm (#

    I’d love to see the Chuckwagon Beef and Bean Casserole… Thanks for this, we’re having Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole tonight – it’s *cold* in the NE and this will be perfect!!


  4. Alexandra A January 24, 2014 @ 11:50 pm (#

    Hi Karly! I loved your recipe! I did it tonight and it was such a success, that I didn’t have the time to take pictures before my boyfriend was already eating it! In my country (Costa Rica) there’s a recipe similar to this one named “pastel de papa” aka potato cake but unfortunately is not that easy and practical as yours. It takes a lot of time invested in peeling, boiling and smashing the potatoes, so it’s kind of boring yo try. This is something that I loved from your site, that your recipes are affordable, easy and delicious.
    The only little change that I made was using sliced pieces of hashbrowns instead of tater tots, ’cause I think we don’t have them here, I look in every market with no success.
    I’m learning how to cook, so I’ll keep coming to your site, and giving you my feedback of my experience! Thank you so much!


    • Karly replied: — January 27th, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

      @Alexandra A,

      So glad to hear that this was a success for you! :)

      Thanks for reading!


  5. Pete a January 29, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#

    Awesome meal. Was going good till the wife got home. Now I’m stuck in the garage.


  6. Alisha February 9, 2014 @ 9:07 pm (#

    We loved this! My family practically inhaled it. Because I have two toddlers I had to make it more kid friendly and did it by using onion powder in place of the onion and no red pepper. I also only had on hand the regular Manwich and instead of corn I used a California blend (peas, beans, carrots and corn) and it lended a colorful and yummy addition to the recipe. This goes in our rotation for those nights that I need a quick and delicious meal. I have a feeling this will be requested over the other traditional tater tot casserole recipe.


    • Alisha replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

      Oh and I also used ground turkey but that’s personal preference. My family rarely eats ground beef anymore.


  7. Laurie @Food is Love March 8, 2014 @ 12:28 pm (#

    Love Love love this Recipe! Please feel free to share / submit it to Food is Love Recipes! We’d love to share it with our readers! l


  8. Sonya M March 9, 2014 @ 9:09 am (#

    I would like to try Sloppy Joe’s Tacos. The reviews were great on those! I am definitely going to make this tater tot casserole, too.


  9. Sara March 9, 2014 @ 4:06 pm (#

    This sounds amazing! I’m working on a freezer meal swap and was wondering if you thought this would freeze ok?


    • Karly replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm


      I haven’t froze it myself, but I think it would work beautifully!


      • Emily replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

        Karly, Just wondering if you ever froze the meal, and if you did, how it turned out.


        • Karly replied: — July 11th, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

          Hi @Emily,

          I didn’t! I don’t do a lot of freezer cooking. I’m sure this would work just fine though!


  10. David March 11, 2014 @ 1:49 pm (#

    Should the tots be frozen or thawed?


    • Karly replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 2:14 pm


      I used the tots frozen. :)


  11. matt pohl March 13, 2014 @ 7:19 pm (#

    For sure the Manwich meatball subs


  12. rhonda hagy miller March 13, 2014 @ 9:42 pm (#

    I liked THIS recipe with the tater tots..altho the Sloppy Tacos one looked good too!


  13. DAR GREEN March 21, 2014 @ 11:33 pm (#



    • Karly replied: — March 22nd, 2014 @ 9:00 am

      @DAR GREEN,

      I’m not sure how this one would work in a crockpot with the tater tots. I’ve never tried frozen tots in a crockpot before.


    • Sherry replied: — April 1st, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      @DAR GREEN, You could try preparing everything as directed, except the cheese and tater tots. Mix it into the crockpot and cook on Low for 4 hours or until heated through. Bake the tator tots in the oven according to bag directions. Then put the cheese layer, tater tots, and top cheese layer over the mixture. Cook further until the cheese is melted.


  14. lisa siler March 28, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#

    Would love to try tator tot casserole? we luv manwich products!


  15. mantecajanet March 29, 2014 @ 4:16 pm (#

    I made this last night and it was great. There’s just two of us so we have enough for dinner again tonight. :-)


  16. Kelly Johnson April 28, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#

    I made this for dinner on Saturday night and lets just say the whole pan was demolished that night and there were sad faces on Sunday when there wasn’t any leftovers!! It was a huge hit!! I also doubled the recipe and froze the second pan for a quick meal on a busy night during the week.


  17. patty July 20, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#

    Hi Karly???? I got a kick out of this post! I am with you Sista, it is August 20 th and I LOVE the Fall! I have your casserole in the oven but found bbq pork in the freezer that I used instead. Can’t wait for dinner! Have a great summer? THANK YOU!


    • Karly replied: — July 21st, 2014 @ 3:27 pm


      Ooh, I bet it’s great with pork. :)


  18. patty July 20, 2014 @ 6:47 pm (#

    Oopps sorry there are supposed to be !!! after your name, my bad. ?


  19. Kate July 26, 2014 @ 8:26 am (#

    This looks delicious! I was wondering though, how do you think it would taste without the cream cheese and cheese? I’m planning to make it for a family with five small kids but two of them are dairy sensitive, so I have to skip as much dairy as possible.


    • Karly replied: — July 26th, 2014 @ 1:16 pm


      It would be totally fine without the cream cheese! I just like the creaminess it adds, but you won’t miss it. :)


  20. Heather August 31, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#

    Hi! I’m making this tonight- sounds amazing! I was just wondering if I need to thaw the tater tots first?



    • Karly replied: — September 3rd, 2014 @ 11:28 am


      I’m probably a bit late to this, but no, you don’t need to thaw them.


  21. Amy September 2, 2014 @ 7:48 am (#

    My husband demolished this in less than 24 hours – he was in rare form! Thanks for sharing this delicious + simple recipe.


    • Karly replied: — September 3rd, 2014 @ 11:25 am


      Glad to hear he liked it! :)


  22. Melanie September 2, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#

    This is a family favourite! I am so glad I came across this! YUM!


  23. Heather September 3, 2014 @ 12:04 pm (#

    It’s ok!! I went ahead and thawed them just in case so I guess you could do it either way because it turned out fantastic! The family loved it! Thano for sharing the recipe :)


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    Does this recipe stay moist and taste good the net day? I love to make dishes that can last for a few days, so I can take a break from cooking.


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