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Tater Tot Casserole

This tater tot casserole recipe is a cozy classic with crispy tater tots, tender ground beef, and plenty of cheddar cheese! It has just 10 minutes of prep time for a hassle-free family meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword tater tot casserole recipe, tater tot hotdish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 481kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can corn drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar divided
  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots see note
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chopped scallions for serving (optional, to taste)


  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Add the beef and onion to a skillet and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the beef up with your spoon, until it's browned and the onions have softened (about 7-8 minutes). If there's a lot of excess fat, spoon most of it out.
  • Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning to the skillet and cook for about a minute.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the sour cream, mushroom soup, corn, and about a 1/2 cup of the cheddar. Stir well and let it heat through for a minute or two.
  • Transfer the skillet mixture to a 9x13 casserole dish and smooth in an even layer. Optional: if you have a large oven-safe skillet, feel free to make the casserole entirely in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle the casserole with the rest of the cheese, and then top it with the tater tots.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until the tater tots are nicely browned and the cheese is hot and bubbly. Serve with chopped scallions and extra salt & pepper if needed.


  • Tater tot package sizes vary, so anything in the 32 oz. ballpark will work (you may use a bit less depending how you space/arrange them in your baking dish).
  • Some of the ingredients in this dish can be quite salty, so use low-sodium options wherever possible if sensitive to salt.
  • Serves 6-8 depending on how much people eat.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 3mg