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.
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!
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.
Love casseroles? Me too! Check out some of my other favorites below!