We never say no to a potato — in any form! Baked, roasted, fried…it’s one ingredient that we just can’t get enough of. Speaking of potatoes, did anyone else grow up on tater tots? Whenever our parents came home with a bag of them, we would gobble up those tots like it was our job. When we recently had a craving for them, we decided to create an actual meal out of them. Saucy, tasty, and meat-based, this cheesy tater tot casserole is decadent and oh-so-tasty! Not only is it hearty and filling, but it’s also easy to throw together. If you’re looking for a no-stress dinner idea, you’ve found it! Our easy tater tot casserole recipe uses simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. Between prep time and cook time, it all comes together in just about an hour. Serve it fresh out of the oven and dinner is served!
We keep things simple with this tater tots casserole recipe and just use ground beef. You can also replace it with:
- Ground turkey
- Ground chicken
- Plant-based ground meat substitute
If you’re looking to make this dish vegetarian-friendly, opt for the plant-based substitute (or savory mushrooms!) and use vegetable stock instead of beef.
This dish isn’t all meat, cheese, and potatoes! We also add in vegetables, like corn and green beans. You can also use:
- Bell peppers
We believe that this cheesy tater tot casserole tastes best with Colby Jack. However, there are plenty of other cheeses to choose from! Here are some of our favorites:
- Mild, sharp, or extra sharp cheddar
- Monterey Jack
- Pepper Jack
Not sure what to pair your cheesy tater tot casserole with? While it is filling on its own, you may want to add some side dishes to really round the meal out. Try serving it with: