Family Recipe Fridays: Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater Tot Casserole

A week or two ago, I asked my mom what recipes I could use for my Friday posts. She is so, 100% NOT a recipe person. She made stuff up, or used a recipe once and then improvised the second time around.

I could remember several recipes she made I didn’t like: bean soup, lima bean casserole, and this tater tot casserole. We laughed over the idea of me using the tater tot casserole as a Family Recipe Fridays post. And now here it is.

It’s not that I don’t like it, exactly. It’s just not what I would prefer for dinner. But my dad and sister love it. It’s like junk food without going through the McDonald’s drive-thru. I remember one time my mom was out of town, and I went to our house and made this for my dad and Ashley. You would have thought I’d hung the stars. They were ecstatic.

At the beginning of my pregnancy with Libbie, I could not even THINK about chicken without getting sick. I think it all started with the chicken salad fiasco and went downhill from there. I didn’t eat chicken again until I was at least 16 weeks pregnant. So during that time, I pretty much ate beef. And one night, out of blue, I decided the only thing I could stomach was Tater Tot Casserole. Pregnancy will do that to you.

All the taste of a Sonic cheeseburger and tots without having to sit and wait there … but without the goodness of a cherry limeade. I suppose you could make your own of that, too! (Another major pregnancy craving of mine.)

Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 generous servings

Tater Tot Casserole

Forget fast food - make your own junk food at home with this traditional, simple, tater tot casserole.


  • about 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 29 oz. canned green beans, drained
  • 10.75 oz. can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • about 2 c. frozen tater tots


Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9x13 casserole dish. Press the (raw) ground beef into the bottom of the dish into an even layer. Spread green beans over the top of the beef. Drizzle with condensed cheese soup. Spread tater tots on the top of the casserole in an even layer. You want to cover all the space without overlapping.

Bake 50-60 minutes, until the beef is all cooked through.

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5 thoughts on “Family Recipe Fridays: Tater Tot Casserole

  1. My mom never made this stuff, but a friend's mom did and I. LOVED. IT.

    i think i ate 4 helpings at her house one time and scared the bejeezus out of her mom. 🙂

  2. i HEART tater tot casserole. But everyone in the blogosphere knows that because yes, I am said above sister…

  3. I'm new here, visiting from OAMC. I love memes and have lots of cooking on my blog. I'll be back!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. How funny! I was complaining about not knowing what to cook and a friend passed this exact recipe on to me. We liked it ok for a "throw something together" dinner. Love the recipes here!

  5. I love this as comfort food…and I love that people who love me make it for me for only one reason…that they love me!

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