Ground Beef and Cheese Tater Tot Casserole Recipe {The Best!}

Ground Beef and Cheese Tater Tot Casserole Recipe {The Best!}

This Tater Tot Casserole is one of the yummiest casserole recipes that I have ever tasted, in my life. With blended flavors from french fried onions, cheese, beef, cream soup, and potatoes, it’s old-fashioned casserole comfort food at its finest.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe reminds me of the old days with the family gathered around the table with a heaping plate of comfort food from a casserole. With a cream of anything soup, some form of meat, and a potato,  mom could whip up a delicious dinner in no time. This casserole is no exception. You’ll love the blended flavor and it’s definitely going to be a family favorite.

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What I love about this Casserole Recipe

  • easy to make
  • simple ingredients you might already have at home
  • it’s versatile – easily substitute the cream of celery soup with another soup like cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • you can replace the vegetable or add more
  • with beef, cheese, a vegetable, and potatoes all in one – it’s a well-rounded meal

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FAQ’s

Make-Ahead and Storage:

You can make this casserole in advance. When you are ready to serve it, just cover it with aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes

Storing – store this casserole covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days

Can you Freeze this Casserole?

Yes, but do not bake the casserole first. Potatoes, once baked tend to get too starchy when frozen and reheated. Just prepare the casserole, cover with freezer wrap and freeze for up to one month

Is Tater Tot Casserole Healthy for You?

With hearty ingredients and cheese, this casserole may not be the best choice if you are watching your calorie intake, but with vegetables, beef, potatoes, and cheese, it is packed full of vitamins and nutrients

Can I substitute fresh broccoli for frozen broccoli?

Yes. You may need to cook it longer as the broccoli will be crisper. You could also partially pre-cook the broccoli in a steamer or in a skillet for a few minutes until somewhat tender but not so it’s falling apart

What other Vegetables would be good in this casserole?

  • green beans (canned)
  • canned or frozen sweet corn
  • canned or frozen carrots
  • frozen cauliflower
  • asparagus – canned or fresh
  • fresh or frozen spinach

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If you are ready to make this delicious comfort meal, let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need

Ingredients:

  • tater tots – no need to thaw these. Frozen tater tots will hold up better in the baking process
  • 1 lb. of sirloin ground beef – I prefer sirloin because it is less fatty and has a better flavor, but you can use any type of ground beef
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) of cream of celery – feel free to use another type of cream of something soup
  • 1/3 cup of 2 % milk (you can substitute whole milk)
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli pieces – as I stated above, you can use just about any type of vegetable you have on hand but if you use fresh, you may need to cook it partially or bake the casserole a bit longer
  • shredded cheddar cheese – any type of cheese with a sharp flavor that melts well will do
  • Fried Onions – I would not leave these out of the recipe as they provide a lot of the flavor

 

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How do you make Tater Tot Casserole?

  1. Brown the ground beef and drain
  2. Add cream of celery, milk, broccoli, 1/2 of the cheese, and fried onions
  3. Mix
  4. Spoon mixture into greased baking dish
  5. Top with the rest of the fried onions and cheese
  6. Place Tater Tots on top
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes

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Ground Beef and Cheese Tater Tot Casserole Recipe {The Best!} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

An old fashioned casserole recipe that’s true comfort food.

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 (2 lb.) bag of tater tots
  • 1 lb. of sirloin ground beef
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) of cream of celery
  • 1/3 cup of 2 % milk (you can substitute whole milk)
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli pieces
  • 1 (8 oz.) bag of shredded cheddar cheese – divided
  • 1 (6 oz.) container of Fried Onions – divided

Instructions

  • Brown and drain beef
  • Add the cream of celery, milk, broccoli, 1/2 of the cheddar cheese, and 1/2 of the fried onions 
  • Mix
  • Pour into a greased casserole dish (9×13 works great)
  • Top with the rest of the fried onions and cheese
  • Line tater tots on top of the mixture
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes

Notes

Make-Ahead and Storage:

You can make this casserole in advance. When you are ready to serve it, just cover it with aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes

Storing – store this casserole covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days

Can you Freeze this Casserole?

Yes, but do not bake the casserole first. Potatoes, once baked tend to get too starchy when frozen and reheated. Just prepare the casserole, cover with freezer wrap and freeze for up to one month

Is Tater Tot Casserole Healthy for You?

With hearty ingredients and cheese, this casserole may not be the best choice if you are watching your calorie intake, but with vegetables, beef, potatoes, and cheese, it is packed full of vitamins and nutrients

Can I substitute fresh broccoli for frozen broccoli?

Yes. You may need to cook it longer as the broccoli will be crisper. You could also partially pre-cook the broccoli in a steamer or in a skillet for a few minutes until somewhat tender but not so it’s falling apart

What other Vegetables would be good in this casserole?

  • green beans (canned)
  • canned or frozen sweet corn
  • canned or frozen carrots
  • frozen cauliflower
  • asparagus – canned or fresh
  • fresh or frozen spinach

 

 

 

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