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Hamburger tater tot casserole pulls a bunch of deliciousness together in one dish. As soon as you take your first bite, you know you’ll be asking for seconds. Just make sure there’s enough for the rest of the family.
Although this is a kid-friendly meal, my husband is crazy about it. I suppose he’s a kid at heart … and maybe I am too because I love this dish.
I mean, what’s not to like about it? It has tater tots and creamy ground beef, and it’s also topped with cheese. Another thing we enjoy is that it’s perfectly balanced because I add veggies, making it a one-dish meal.
One thing I know about families is how crazy-busy their lives can get during the week. When my daughters were growing up, I used to stress out over what to cook for dinner, until I figured out a way to throw a meal on the table in a matter of minutes. They always had something else going on, which meant we didn’t have much time.
For this reason, I came up with a bunch of dinners that were easy yet still delicious. Not only is this a good one but also the chicken rice casserole and the shepherd’s pie will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
You can prepare this meal when you get home or make it in advance and stick it in the fridge. All you have to do is pop it in the oven when you get home from work, and you’ll be sitting down to eat less than an hour later. This will unquestionably be one of your family’s favorites. So brace yourself for a bunch of compliments.
What You Need for the Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole
You’ll need some tater tots, ground beef, cream soup, mushrooms vegetables, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese. You can add other items, but these are the essentials.
Other options for the meat are ground turkey or chopped chicken. Both of these will be good.
I used a can of peas and carrots. You can either do that or try green beans or mixed vegetables. It’s all up to you and what you’re in the mood for. You can also leave out the mushrooms if you don’t care for them.
How to Make the Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole
First, brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain it.
Add the soup, mushrooms, and the can of vegetables that you’ve also drained. If the gravy is too thick, use beef or chicken broth to thin it a bit.
Cover the bottom of your casserole dish with tater tots.
Next, spread the ground beef, veggie, and soup mixture out over the tater tots.
Top the mixture with tater tots in any fashion you want. We like a lot of them so that they cover everything.
Finally, sprinkle cheese over the tater tots. We like either Colby cheese or cheddar. Use whatever you happen to have on hand.
If you make this in advance and refrigerate it, add about 10 minutes to the baking time.
Buffet and Potluck Favorite
Don’t hold back when it’s time to attend a potluck. Whether it’s a family reunion or a church gathering buffet, you’ll be amazed by how popular this dish is. In fact, you might want to double the recipe to make sure everyone gets some. This is one of those kids-to-adults favorites.
Casseroles are always a great item to bring to a potluck or covered dish dinner. You don’t have to limit yourself to one. If you want to be a huge hit with everyone, bring hamburger tater tot casserole and the mac and cheese with ham.
When you’re hosting a casual dinner party, consider making several casseroles. Add a Mediterranean salad, some peanut butter cookies, and a platter with coconut macaroons. None of this is difficult to make, but it makes quite a nice presentation.
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 32-ounce package of tater tots
- 1 can of cream soup (mushroom or celery)
- 1 small can of mushrooms (optional)
- 1/2 cup of beef broth
- 1 can of vegetables (drained)
- 1 cup of shredded cheese
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain it.
- Pour the soup, mushrooms (optional), and beef broth into the skillet with the ground beef. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
- Line the bottom of the casserole dish with half of the tater tots.
- Pour the ground beef and soup mixture over the tater tots.
- Top with the remaining tater tots. Sprinkle the cheese over everything.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the cheese melts and starts to turn a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 472 Total Fat 27g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 15g Cholesterol 67mg Sodium 997mg Carbohydrates 36g Fiber 3g Sugar 1g Protein 22g