Tater tot casserole baked in an oven
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Simple Tater Tot Casserole

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Simple Tater Tot Casserole is one of our family’s favorite dinner! This hamburger tater tot recipe could feed a family of 3-4 people for two nights, but for our family, it lasts only one night because as soon as it hits the table, it is gone.

Serve with a salad, and finish off with Lavender Cookies for a delicious dessert!

Tater tot casserole baked in an oven

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This is a quick and easy tater tot casserole recipe to make and very fun to do with your kids – I love making it, and so does my little brother. The hardest part about this simple tater tot casserole is waiting for it to come out of the oven.

Tater tots are my friend’s favorite food because she doesn’t like many kinds of food, so when I serve her this dish, it’s an achievement unlocked.

tater tot casserole on a white plate

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

Even a toddler can help make homemade tater tot casserole, they’re as easy as my Rosemary Shortbread Cookies. A hamburger tater tot casserole begins with hamburger and some soup, veggies and tater tots!

Tater tot casserole ingredients with ground beef in a frying pan

Here are the easy steps:

  1. Cook beef with the onion and drain the fat.
  2. Mix soup, seasonings, veggies, and half the cheese. Add the meat mixture and mix.
  3. Evenly spread out the mixture in a casserole dish. Cover casserole with frozen tater tots (I like to make a nice pattern) and sprinkle with cheese.

Tater tot casserole on a fork

Where is The Best Place to Buy Tater Tots?

Send your parents out to buy them!  (lol)  or go with them if you want to go to the store. You can buy tater tots in most grocery stores.  Look in the freezer section of the store – near the ice cream.  Maybe buy some ice cream too while you are at it.  Just put it in the shopping cart and don’t tell your mom.  She might not notice. We get our tater tots at Walmart. But pretty much any grocery store you will find frozen tater tots.

An overhead view of tater tot casserole with no cheese

Easy Tater Tot Recipes

Tater tots are delicious and there are a lot of different tater tot recipes but this is the best tater tot recipe I know and the good thing about this recipe is that you can add a lot of things to it to make it different every time.

Things like

  • Ground chicken, turkey, or chorizo (spicy) instead of ground beef
  • To make taco tater tot casserole, add taco seasonings and shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese mix on the top
  • For the base, try different kinds of cream soups like cream of mushroom, chicken or cheddar cheese
  • Frozen peas, corn or carrots (or a variety pack of all three)
  • Cheddar, mozzarella or jack cheese on top (or a variety pack of cheeses like Mexican cheese)

If you do not add the cheese, then the tater tots get crispier. My family loves cheesy tater tot casserole so we make it with cheese all the time.

scooping out tater tot casserole from the casserole

How Do You Store Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole leftovers

Leftovers? What are you talking about? There will be no leftovers but in this crazy situation that you do have leftovers, you can store the leftover hamburger tater tot casserole in the fridge. Wrap in plastic wrap. But if you are like us and you do not have very much space in your fridge, you can transfer it to a smaller airtight container and store it in your freezer so you can eat some other time.

It reheats in the microwave, or in the oven.

Tater tot casserole baked in an oven
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Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

This is a fast and easy recipe that takes very little effort to make and the kids will love every tater tot bite!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Sydney Love


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 10.5 ounces cream of broccoli and cheese soup 1 can (or other creamed soup)
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup 1 can
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½-2 cups frozen vegetables or fresh, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds tater tots


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 9X13 casserole dish with butter.
  • In a frying pan cook onions for 5 min until soft and then brown the ground beef. Drain liquid from pan over sink.
  • Then mix together soup, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, ½ cup of cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix in the ground beef and onion mixture into the soup and cheese mixture.
  • Pour the entire mixture into a casserole dish and spread out evenly. Add tater tots on top and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of the cheese.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese is melting.
Calories: 504kcal

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love tater tots and I love casseroles so it’s no surprise that I love this recipe too! Thank you for sharing your creations, these photos in this recipe make me hungry!

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