Tater Tot Casserole

This TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE is pure comfort food and it’s one of the easier ways to get my kiddos to eat their veggies! 

I’m such a sucker for a casserole. 

I think it’s partly because casseroles nearly always involve cheese and who doesn’t love cheese?

This tater tot casserole with veggies is a hit in my house…yes, even though there are things like peas, carrots, and green beans lurking inside. 

I think tater tots just make every food kid-friendly. Haha!

How to make tater tot casserole: 

This is a brief walkthrough to make the recipe. For full instructions, scroll down to the recipe card.

ingredients for tater tot casserole

This is a tater tot casserole with beef, so you’ll want to start by browning up some ground beef with a little onion and garlic.

Once the meat is cooked through, drain the fat and stir in a can of mixed vegetables and some cream of chicken soup. You can use my cream of chicken soup substitute if you prefer something homemade! It works great here.

I add in a bit of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to give this a little depth of flavor, but don’t worry…it won’t come out spicy at all!

Stir that all up and spread it in a 9×13 baking dish. 

tater tot casserole recipe

Sprinkle on some cheddar and then top it all off with frozen tater tots.

This bakes up in 45 minutes.

Don’t you wish you had a plate of this comfort food goodness in front of you right now? We’re obsessed.

Can tater tot casserole be frozen?

This tater tot casserole freezes beautifully.

Prepare just up to baking and then cover tightly and pop it in the freezer. 

To bake, thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake as directed. It may take an extra 10 minutes or so to heat through. 

What to serve with tater tot casserole:

This tater tot casserole is a meal by itself thanks to the protein, veggies, and potatoes! That said, something light goes well with this dish, like my mad dog salad.

Amp up the veggie goodness by serving with a side of cauliflower mac and cheese!

For dessert, my buttermilk chocolate cake or eclair cake are favorites in our house and both are pretty simple to make.

5 from 3 votes

Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 6
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food
Calories: 489 kcal

This tater tot casserole is a win for parents because it's an easy way to sneak veggies in your kids. Plus, it's simple to toss together!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 ounces canned mixed vegetables
  • 10 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic to a large skillet and cook, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the beef is cooked through. Drain the fat and add the beef mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the mixed vegetables, cream of chicken soup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to the bowl and stir well to combine.
  4. Spread the beef mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheddar.
  5. Arrange the tater tots in an even layer over the cheese.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown and crispy.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use cream of mushroom soup in place of the cream of chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Tater Tot Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 994mg43%
Potassium 721mg21%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 4062IU81%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 322mg32%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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