Tater Tot Hotdish

filed under: Food + Drink on May 19, 2019

Tater Tot Hotdish is a quick and easy comfort food staple recipe all over the Midwest! This hotdish is full of meat, veggies, soup, cheese, and topped with tater tots for a super satisfying meal! (Edited to add: Lots of folks are confused by the name… but you may recognize this as Tater Tot Casserole! We just call it hotdish here in Minnesota.)

tater tot hotdish recipe

What is Tater Tot Hotdish?

Tater tot hotdish or any “hotdish” recipe for that matter is a simple casserole with a few main components. Typically in these casserole recipes, you will find meat, potatoes or some other kind of starch, along with a combination of vegetables, cheese, and canned soup.

Hotdishes have been popular for years because they are convenient to make using only one pan. They are also a favorite because they are very budget friendly. You can feed a crowd with a 9×13 inch pan of tater tot hotdish, or, you can easily get two meals from one casserole.

As far as vegetables go, I have found that canned or frozen both work perfectly in this casserole. I typically always use canned green beans and canned corn, because those are my family’s favorites. You can feel free to use broccoli, peas, carrots, or whatever vegetables you prefer!

Same goes for the cheese for this recipe. I typically like to use sharp cheddar but have added parmesan as well and it adds great flavor. You can experiment with a mixture of cheeses to make this casserole your own.

how to make tater tot hotdish

How to Make Tater Tot Hotdish:

This tater tot hotdish recipe is incredibly easy to make. A lot of times you will see hotdish made by the layering of ingredients with the meat first, then the soup, then the tater tots.

My version varies a bit from the traditional layering. But, I have found after making this casserole for years, that my way makes for the most flavorful casserole with the most accurate cooking time!

I start by cooking my ground beef with seasonings, then draining the grease if necessary. Next, instead of layering, I mix the cooked beef together with two cans of soup, sour cream, the vegetables, and cheese.

Then, spread the beef mixture in the pan, and top with an even layer of tater tots. By mixing everything together, the meat has excellent flavor, and you don’t have to worry about it drying out!

tater tot hotdish casserole

How Long to Cook Tater Tot Hotdish:

Tater tot hotdish should be cooked at 350°F.  As tempting as it might be to cook this casserole at a higher temperature, it is best to go a little lower and slower.

Baking at 350°F ensures that the tater tot casserole will be hot and bubbly, the cheese melted, and the tater tots perfectly light brown and crispy!  This will take about 50 minutes, then, you can simply add more shredded cheese to the casserole, pop it back into the oven for 5-10 minutes, and serve!

tater tot hotdish with ground beef

4.78 from 22 votes
tater tot hotdish with ground beef
Tater Tot Hotdish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Tater Tot Hotdish is a quick and easy comfort food staple recipe all over the Midwest! This hotdish is full of meat, veggies, soup, cheese, and topped with tater tots for a super satisfying meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 32 Ounce Package Frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 White onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup
  • 1 can (15.25 oz) corn drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) green beans drained
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet brown the ground beef along with the onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce until the beef is no longer pink.  Draine grease if necessary.

  3. In a large bowl mix together the beef mixture with the sour cream, both cans of soup, corn, green beans, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.  

  4. Spread the beef and soup mixture into the prepared pan.  Top with an even layer of tater tots and bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, until tater tots are brown and the casserole is bubbling.

  5. Top the hotdish with the remaining shredded cheese and bake for 5 minutes longer until cheese is melted.

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  • Carol Gill says:

    I am a bakeries my favorite cooking site.I think if she had a recipe for paper I would try it.

  • Jett Whitfield says:

    Yum! This works great for a church fellowship. I’ve made a similar dish we called “Cowboy Casserole”. Thank you for sharing the recipe =)

  • The Modern Proper says:

    This reminds me of my childhood–too many dishes like this to count! But as always, every one was delicious and creamy. I love the idea of topping it with tater tots!

  • Rose says:

    Do you drain the can of corn and green beans before you add them. Or do you add them with their liquid?

    • Amanda says:

      Great question… you drain them first. Will fix the recipe.

  • Jean Israel says:

    I made this today and everyone loved it!!

  • Lynne says:

    I’m making this for supper tonight. As soon as I put it in the oven I realized I didn’t put any vegetables in it. I printed the recipe to follow in the kitchen and it doesn’t mention the veggies. Maybe you could adjust the recipe for people like me that forgot the blogged instructions?

  • Sheila says:

    My grandkids love this. Would this be okay to freeze before cooking?

  • Kay says:

    I can’t we tater tot hotdish

  • Lucy Zangrando says:

    My Son is age 20 & loves this dish! He visits me every other weekend & when the temperature outside is chilly, he asks me if he can prepare this easy recipe! It’s very easy to prepare & we oftain have the ingredients on hand! We like the canned carrots, green beans & sweet corn!

  • Rachel Kirkland says:

    Looks good! Do you have to add cheddar cheese soup or can you substitute it with something else?

    • Me says:

      You can use crean of muabroom or cream of chicjen or both 🙂

  • Gloria Moore says:

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  • Judy D. says:

    I’m not a fan of tater tots. Can I make this recipe using sliced potatoes?

  • Elizabeth Stief says:

    Can you freeze uneaten portions ,just two of us and hate to waste.

  • Sheri Macone says:

    Do you use frozen or thawed tator tots?

    • Jerry says:

      Are the tater tots frozen or thawed when you place them on the top?

  • Lynn O'Neill says:

    Looking for nutrition facts on tater tot casserole please and thank you.

  • Susi says:

    I would bake the tator tots so they can be brown and crunchy then put them on top

  • Margaret hooper says:

    What are tater tots can I get them in the UK. Is there something I can use as an alternative. Margaret

    • Jennifer McWilliams says:

      You could probably use shredded potatoes, just crisp then up in the oven, also use the shredded potatoes to make your own tater tots by adding an egg, maybe a little seasoned flour and shape them into balls, give them a little squish down to sort of flatten them a bit, heck you could make squares if you want. Just bake or fry in some oil. Hope this helps, good luck.

  • Nancy says:

    Great easy meal! I’m thinking about making this but using sausage and mushrooms for a breakfast hotdish. Any thoughts on this?

    • Amanda says:

      Sure, sounds good!

    • Trish says:

      I do make a breakfast casserole using tator tots, breakfast sausage, 2 eggs, cheese and a pkt of sausage gravy. It’s very good

  • Marianne Lintner Oldham says:

    I made this tonight and will put this in me recipe file. YOMMO !!!!!

  • Amy Schad says:

    Do you have a carb count for a serving and what is a serving size, my 6 yr old granddaughter was just dagnosed with type 1 insulin dependent diabetetes and are new at counting carbs for her. It looks delishes and I think she would love this! I would appreciate the counts if you could possibly give me an idea, Thank you in advance for you help.

  • Pam Peacock says:

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

  • Rikki Lott says:

    Doesn’t cooking the burger first and cooking it an hour make the beef dry?
    When I make tator tot casserole, it always goes in raw.

  • June Reed says:

    I made tater tot recipe. It was really delicious and a huge hit. This will definitely be one of my favorites

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