Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe: This Beef & Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe Is a Minnesota Classic Remade by Heather Holter

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2 months ago
Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe: This Beef & Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe Is a Minnesota Classic Remade

Everyone else calls it casserole – we call it hotdish! I never liked tater tot hotdish and wondered why others did. What was so great about it? When I started cooking around age 15, my stepdad asked for tater tot hotdish, so my sister and I made up our own version. It doesn't use canned soup, and instead has sour cream and cheese. It changes and improves this dish like magic. I hope you like this as much as my family does. The recipe makes 12 servings. You know what that means? Leftovers! 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 bag (2 pounds) tater tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) cans French-cut green beans, drained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion. Do not drain.
  2. Stir in flour. Slowly stir in milk. Add green beans (any vegetable can be substituted) and mushrooms, if using. Add sour cream and simmer mixture until slightly thickened.
  3. Place half the bag of tater tots on the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Pour meat mixture over tater tots. Put remaining tater tots on top.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour. Remove foil and cover hotdish with the cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This sounds like comfort food at its finest, Heather Holter ! :-)
I love your tater tot hot dish!
La Quetta Ray
When is the sour cream added? It doesn’t say when to add or use in the directions!
Heather Holter
I'm sorry. After the veggies. @DonnaJohn can you edit please?
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
It is added after the vegetables, La Quetta Ray . We have updated the recipe. Thank you, Heather Holter ! Donna John

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