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! Try my Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole for a hearty meal to start your day.

Tater Tot Hotdish

Lots of folks are confused by the name, Tater Tot Hotdish, but you may recognize this as Tater Tot Casserole! We just call it hotdish here in Minnesota.) 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.

Spatula with Tater Tot Hotdish on it and Ooey Gooey Cheese on Top

Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe

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.

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • Cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • Corn 
  • Green beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

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!

The 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.

Raw Ingredients for tater tot hotdish in a glass bowl

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!

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

Overhead of Tater Tot Hotdish in White Casserole Pan with White Towel

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 in temperature 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!

Can I Freeze Tater Tot Hotdish?

Yes! It is easy to freeze Tater Tot Casserole. Follow all of the instructions up to the point of baking it. Instead of baking the casserole after you have the tater tots layered on top, simply cover the casserole with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, making sure to label and date the casserole. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

When you are ready to bake the casserole, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake it following the original baking instructions. And, don’t forget to add the extra shredded cheese the last five minutes of baking time!

White Plate with Tater Tot Hotdish on it and a Fork Next to it

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4.78 from 27 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
Keyword: Tater Tot Hotdish
Servings: 8
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 32 ounces 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 ounces) corn, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) green beans, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  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 cup of shredded cheese and bake for 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted. Serve.

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This recipe was written by Nicole of The Salty Marshmallow.

Thank you for contributing Nicole!


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  • Julia Brooks says:

    What soup could you use instead of the mushroom?

    • Emily says:

      Cream of chicken

  • Sarah says:

    This looks amazing and I’d really love to make it, but I don’t eat meat. Do you have a suggestion as to what I should use in its place? Would this still be good without meat?

    • Becky Bates says:

      you could probably just use more veggies instead of the meat… or maybe some beans of some sort? Im thinking maybe white beans of some sort… great northerns, or something like that.

    • Loretta Anne Diarmit says:

      Why not try musheooms. They should mimic the texture and add substance.

  • Teresa harris says:

    Why cook for 50 .mins won’t it be dry

  • Lily Urban says:

    Can I precook it , by that I mean cook the meat and prep it in the dish with the tkts and then freeze it?

    • Amanda says:

      You can. Place the partially baked casseroles in the refrigerator to cool. When it is no longer hot, place it in the freezer. Once it is frozen solid, you can pop it out of its pan. Wrap in foil, plastic wrap, or use a freezer bag.

  • Nadine Zajac says:

    Can I substitute can corn for frozen and beans too?

  • Shanna says:

    I am making this for the second time and can’t wait! My boyfriend craves it!

  • Sara says:

    How many calories do u think is in this dish???

  • Dawn McKenzie says:

    The tater tot hotdish recipe was delicious! Illustrations are yummy and pull you in! You are my new go to. Fabulous website and beautiful, easy to do recipes!

    • Amanda says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Dawn! Thanks for the kind words. <3

  • Paula Becker says:

    Trying your dish tonight minus the corn.

  • Kim garza says:

    How would it taste without sour cream. Or what can I use instead

    • Diane says:

      I never use sour cream. I also put a layer of tots at the bottom.I use a little of the corn juice. Lots of flavor there.Don’t use cheese soup. Made this in my cafe weekly.hope this helps.

  • Sandra says:

    It would bdvhresg if you would provide the nutrition info

  • April says:

    I want try this

  • Rita says:

    Can I get this tater tot receipt emailed to me????

  • Rae Jeanne says:

    Tasty just the way it is. Thanks!

  • Mark Stromberg says:

    My grandma made this all the time when we went up north to go fishing. Over time I changed the recipe, last night my daughter and wife said “Hay This Is Good” my grandson said “It looks like pot pie, I like it papa”.

  • Ashley Patterson says:

    We made this with peas instead of green beans, and used a jiffy cornbread mix on top because we were out of tots. It was delicious!!!

    • Ali G. says:

      Did you just pour the dry mix on top? Interested in trying this!!!

  • Skyanna says:

    I made this tater tot hotdish and fell in love with it. Now i make it evrytime i get the chance to….

  • D. Hall says:

    I use cream of celery and cream of onion soup with 2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2. Sometimes I add shredded potatoes to give it a more substantual texture.
    When I don’t use meat, I open a can of retried beans, fry them up with some onions and mushrooms.

    • Ali G. says:

      Wow I would have never thought of that, but it sounds good!! How long do you fry the beans for?

  • Lauren says:

    I couldn’t find cheese soup in the store, i grabbed a jar of cheese saice and put a little in

  • Sophie says:

    I made this for my husbands family because they like tater tot hot dish and I dont. But I obviously had to try it after I made it and it was so good!!! So happy to have found this delicious recipe!! Also I did everything except green beans n added a lil extra corn instead because we dont like green beans. 🙂

  • Theresa says:

    how many carbs and how much sodium

  • Angela says:

    I haven’t tried it yet but it looks very good