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Tater Tot Casserole

Updated On: Jun 10, 2024

This is my version of Tater Tot Casserole without canned soup and it’s elevated and scrumptious. It comes together quickly and bakes just until bubbly. This easy weeknight meal is packed with flavor from the caramelized onions, sweet red pepper, soy sauce umami, and creamy asiago cheese then topped with tater coins or tots and baked to perfection.

simple tater tot casserole

It’s been gloomy in the Pacific Northwest this Spring and with that I have made a lot of warm cozy comfort food like this Beef Tater Tot Casserole. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really ready for summer weather and summer food vibes for sure. If you’re in the mood for an elevated version of Mom’s Tater Tot Casserole, then give this recipe a shot. Simple ingredients, and the result is absolutely delicious!

What to serve with Tater Tot Casserole

simple and elevated beef casserole with tater coins

Ingredients you’ll need

You’ll need these few simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry.

  • Ground meat – beef, chicken, or turkey
  • Red bell pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs – thyme and chives
  • All-Purpose flour
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Asiago cheese
  • Frozen Tater tots or coins
tater tot casserole without canned soup

How to make this recipe

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Place a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, onion, and red pepper. Saute until onions are just translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and fresh thyme and stir for 30 seconds. Remove to a bowl and add the ground beef to the skillet. Then cook until no longer pink inside, about 6 minutes.

Add the vegetables back to the skillet and sprinkle everything with flour. Add the chicken stock, worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Stir well to combine and cook until the liquid mixture becomes slightly thick and bubbly. Stir in 1/2 of the cheese just to incorporate. Remove from the heat. Arrange tater tots or tater coins on the top and bake for 16-18 minutes, until the mixture is bubbling and the tater coins are brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for another 5 minutes, until the cheese melts. Remove and sprinkle with chives, if using, and serve immediately.

Find the printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions below.

Variations of this recipe

  • Substitute/Add Vegetables: peas, chopped asparagus spears, corn kernels, small broccoli florets, or chopped green beans.
  • Substitute/Add Meat: ground lamb, ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground game can be used instead of ground beef.
  • Substitute/Add Cheese: any easily shredded cheese will work for this recipe like cheddar, pepper jack, monterey jack, or swiss cheese.
  • Substitute/Add Herbs: you can omit fresh herbs and use dried, cut the quantity by 1/2 if using dried.

Tips for Storing

  • Storing casserole
    • Wrap tightly with cling film or store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze as directed below.
  • How to reheat tater tot casserole
    • If warming 1 serving, use a microwave safe dish or place and cover lightly with a piece of parchment paper and microwave on high in short 30-45 second bursts until desired temperature
    • If warming a large quantity, place in a preheated oven at 425ºF and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes then remove the foil for another 5-10.
  • Can I freeze tater tot casserole?
    • Yes you can. Put into an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months.
tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

A simple weeknight dinner that comes together easily and is a real crowd pleaser. Tater Tot Casserole can be made with tots, crowns, or coins.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups shredded asiago cheese
  • 2 lbs tater tots tater crowns, or tater coins
  • fresh chives optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Place a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, onion, and red pepper. Saute until onions are just translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and fresh thyme and stir for 30 seconds. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned and no longer pink inside, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables back to the skillet and sprinkle everything with flour. Add the chicken stock, worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Stir well to combine and cook until the liquid mixture becomes slightly thick and bubbly. Stir in 1/2 of the cheese just to incorporate. Remove from the heat.
  • Arrange tater tots or tater coins on the top and bake for 16-18 minutes, until the mixture is bubbling and the tater coins are brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for another 5 minutes, until the cheese melts. Remove and sprinkle with chives, if using, and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 698kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 31gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1912mgPotassium: 835mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1004IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 461mgIron: 4mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.

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