Favorite 6-Ingredient Tater Tot Casserole Recipe: Everyone Is Making It by Donna John

Favorite 6-Ingredient Tater Tot Casserole Recipe: Everyone Is Making It

A cookbook from my now-grown kids' elementary school has been sitting on my shelf since 2001. Why it took me so long to start making the recipes in the cookbook is a mystery. So far I've made creamy creole green bean casserole, refrigerator mashed potatoes and this delicious tater tot casserole recipe.

This easy six-ingredient tater tot casserole recipe originally was a five-ingredient recipe. Yep, I made a few changes to the original recipe. Let's start with the simple budget-friendly shopping list: ground beef, onion, cream of mushroom soup, milk, cheese and a bag of frozen tater tots. Onion was not in the original recipe, but it's hard for me to brown ground beef and not throw in some chopped onion. I also used shredded cheese instead of slices as the original called for. Another change was I used evaporated milk instead of regular milk. I used 1 pound of ground beef, but my husband wants more meat next time, so I'll up it to 1 1/2 pounds. 

The ground beef and onion are browned in a skillet until the meat is cooked through. Pour the meat onto the bottom of a 13x9-inch casserole dish. Top the meat with most of the cheese (save a little for the top), the soup and milk stirred together and then the frozen tater tots (line 'em up pretty!). Bake until hot and bubbly and crispy on top, the sprinkle with the remaining cheese and let it melt. Dinner is done.

Serve this easy ground beef tater tot casserole with a fresh garden salad or vegetable on the side.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 soup can of evaporated milk or regular milk 
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (divided)
  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen tater tots

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Recipe Notes

  • I used a combination of cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere, which upped the cheese factor. Delish! 
  • I used evaporated milk for this recipe. My husband and I don't drink milk, so cans of evaporated milk are a staple in  my pantry.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion together in a skillet until meat is cooked through and onion is soft.
  2. Put the meat onto the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  3. Layer about 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese over the meat.
  4. Put the soup into a small bowl. Fill the empty soup can 3/4 full with milk (stir it around to get all the remaining soup out). Pour the mixture over the cheese.
  5. Place the frozen tater tots over the top. Season with black pepper and a little salt.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 45 minutes, adding the remaining cheese during the last couple minutes of cooking time to melt.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions and/or chopped fresh chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 842

Total Fat: 43.5g

Saturated Fat: 12.6g

Cholesterol: 42mg

Sodium: 1951mg

Total Carbohydrate: 83.4g

Dietary Fiber: 8.6g

Total Sugars: 1.4g

Protein: 19.3g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 217mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 1172mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , this looks amazing! So simple yet so delicious. Ultimate comfort food, for sure! #yum
Being allergic to onions I used A1 while browning beef/venison and used cream of jalapeno for a slight kick. Delicious
Donna John
Are you from Texas? Love cream of jalapeno. Great idea! Going to try that next time. Glad you enjoyed it!
Minnesota staple, but we call it hot dish instead of casserole. I put a can of mixed veggies in mine. And no milk
Rafael Oliveira Bitcoin [inactive]
What a nice blog ! Can't wait for your next post!

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