Easy Tater Tot Casserole – Layered And Tasty!

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This easy tater tot casserole with cream of chicken is a main dish that you are going to want make! With ground beef, onions and cheese – it’s super tasty!

This easy tater tot casserole recipe is one that you are going to want to add to your dinner menu! With ground beef, onions and cheese, everyone will love it!

Tater Tot Casserole With Cream Of Chicken

As tater tot casserole recipes go, this is an easy go-to dinner that can be made on the fly. Most of these ingredients – like ground beef, onion, and melted cheese – are things that you can have on-hand at any time, so if you need a last minute recipe, this is the best option!

I don’t know about you, but I like to have a handful of recipes that I can make last minute, so be sure to add this one to your list. It’s one that the whole family will love!

I have seen a lot of dinner recipes around, but I really like a tater tot casserole with cream of chicken soup. There is something about the flavors that really makes it pop! And because of that, I really do think this is the best Tater Tot Casserole recipe – especially on a busy night. 

This classic is like your typical hotdish, but with only onions as your vegetable and made using condensed cream of chicken soup (as opposed to cream of mushroom soup, which is also used sometimes).

It’s also kind of like a chicken pot pie made with beef and has crispy tater tots on top! If you do want some additional vegetables though, consider draining and then adding a can of green beans to the beef mixture towards the end of cooking it on the stove. 

There are only a handful of ingredients, so it is something that anyone can make. Your tater tots will be layered on top of your beef and soup mixture with your cheese above. It is quick and easy, and only bakes for half an hour, so by the time you’ve cut up some fruit or made a salad, dinner will be almost ready.

If you do not eat red meat, you can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. It will still have as much flavor because of the other ingredients, and it won’t change the cook time. It’s a very easy dinner recipe to make alterations to. 

Ground beef in a pan, Cambell's Cream of Chicken Soup can, Ore Ida frozen tater tots, shredded cheddar cheese and an onion on a table

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

How To Make:

Easy Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 small white onion, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can cream of chicken soup, 10.5 oz
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag tater tots, 32 oz
Sour cream (optional)

Supplies Needed:

Large frying pan
Large spatula
9×9-inch baking dish
Nonstick spray

Cooked ground beef in a pan with cheese on top

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic on medium-high heat until the ground beef is cooked through.

If you don’t have a white onion available, you can use a yellow onion for a slightly sweeter flavor or 1 tsp onion powder instead. 

Ground beef with cheese on the bottom of a baking dishStep 2: Drain the ground beef (if it is lean ground beef there won’t be much to drain, so don’t let that concern you) and mix the can of cream of chicken soup into the beef.

Step 3: Now it’s time for the easy layers. Grease a 9×9″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour the meat mixture into a single layer.

Frozen Tater Tots in a casserole dishStep 4: Top the beef mixture with a layer of frozen tater tots and spread them as evenly as possible.

Baked tater tots in a casserole dishStep 5: Bake for 25-30 minutes, but plan to pull it out of the oven 5 minutes before it is done.

Easy Tater Tot casserole before being bakedStep 6: At this point, take your casserole out of the oven and pour your shredded cheese over the top of the tater tots.

Easy Tater Tot CasseroleStep 7: Serve immediately after removing the casserole dish from the oven.

Top each serving with a small dollop of sour cream if you should choose. Enjoy!

Can I Use Different Canned Soups For This Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe?

This recipe calls for cream of chicken, but there are other canned soups that you can use in a pinch. If you only have cream of celery or a can of cream of mushroom on-hand, you can use them.

It will change the flavor some, but that is to be expected. That said, I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this family favorite just because you need to swap a soup!

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Yield: Serves Eight

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

This easy tater tot casserole with cream of chicken is one that you are going to want make! With ground beef, onions and cheese, everyone will love it!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, 10.5 oz
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag tater tots, 32 oz
  • Sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic on medium-high heat until the ground beef is cooked through.
  2. Drain the ground beef and mix the cream of chicken soup into the beef. Pour the mixture into a 9x9" pan.
  3. Top the beef mixture with a layer of frozen tater tots and spread them as evenly as possible.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, but plan to pull it out of the oven 5 minutes before it is done.
  5. At this point, take your casserole out of the oven and pour your shredded cheese over the top.
  6. Serve immediately after removing the casserole from the oven and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 930mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g
Tater Tot Casserole with ground beef in a casserole dish and on a white plate

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17 Comments

    1. I am so sorry! I can’t believe I forgot to add that. It’s 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Thank you SO much for bringing that omission to my attention. I’ll update it now. 🙂

  1. Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

  2. Added green beans. Also 375 for 25-30 isn’t long enough to cook frozen tater tots through. Took closer to 45-1hr to fully cook the tots.

  3. i am going to make this tonight. In the first step you said to heat the oven to 375 – so you didn’t forget!

  4. I only had cream of mushroom so I added a tsp or so of chicken base powder and it was delicious! I also cheated on the time by putting the tater tots in the air fryer while I was browning the meat- so everything was hot- all I had to do was melt the cheese for a few minutes in the oven.

  5. Thankyou for this great recipe. I just added some frozen mixed veg after thawing them in the microwave. It won’t hurt anyone though to go without veg for one night. My family have asked to have this meal regularly so looks like it will be on the menu often.

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