Beef and cheese tater tot casserole is the perfect, hearty meal for your comfort-food loving family!
Does your family love tater tots? They are endangered around our home!
Especially this tater tot nachos recipe...but I digress!
Several times a week my husband will sneak downstairs when the kids are in bed and preheat the oven.
It’s no secret.
Everyone knows what he’s doing.
He’s baking up a batch of tater tots for a late night snack.
But he doesn’t bake his tater tots any old way.
He adds the comfort foodie touch.;0)
He always squishes nine tater tots into one rectangle.
Then, he gently places one slice of cheese on top and pops the tater tots back in the oven for about one minute for the ultimate finish.
But this tater tot casserole is our secret to indulging in tater tots during the week.
When you add the beef, spices, cheese and the creamy sauce you can excuse yourself for eating tater tots as a meal — not a snack!
Casseroles are awesome for busy families.
They create a yummy, one-dish meal that you can pop in the oven while you set the table, fix the drinks and throw on pot of coffee.
(We’ve included a video below so you can see just HOW easy it is to throw this casserole together!)
Add a side salad and it’s sort of healthy and balanced…;0)
My younger brother broke some incredibly sad news to me about 15 years ago.
He announced the unthinkable.
Grab a tissue.
With trembling hands I type his exact words.
“Alison…. I don’t like casseroles.”
“Not even breakfast casseroles?” Someone SHOULD have asked.
And I already know the answer…not EVEN breakfast casseroles.
To this day, we all shed a tear at his dull, mundane life.
I’m sure someone once said, “To live without casseroles is to never truly live.” (Source unknown)
But for the rest of the world who love casseroles, let me ease your mind.
This recipe does not use canned soup.
Sure, you can sub my easy, homemade cream soup recipe with a canned version, but trust me — homemade is best.
Of course it’s healthier and cheaper, but it also tastes sooooo much better.
Even my kids know how to make the creamy, homemade sauce now. You can use in oodles of recipes!
Tips for Tater Tot Casserole
Want to have tater tots for breakfast?
I’ll tell you a simple switch you can make!
Substitute the beef mixture with a crumbled sausage mixture.
But if you want to wake up to a homemade danish like I do, here’s a recipe for you too!
Oh, and you can make a tater tot casserole in the crock pot!
Here’s an awesome slow cooker recipe you can try for an easy casserole!!
Want Another Tater Tot Casserole Tip?
Don’t forget to take time to bake your tater tots first.
Have you ever eaten mushy tater tots?
So. Not. Yummy.
Bake those cute tots first, then add them to your cheesy casserole.
Ready to dive in and enjoy a hearty, potatoey, cheesy casserole?
Print out the recipe below!
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