This cheesy tater tot casserole is a family favorite, that can be adjusted to fit everyone’s style and taste. Plus it’s easy easy easy!Jump to Recipe
Tater tot casserole with cheese is one of my family’s favorite dinners. I will admit I don’t love casseroles made with cream soups, but once in awhile it is nice to throw together a super easy dinner that uses a can or two of soup and a few other ingredients you have on hand.
If I don’t know what to make for dinner or if I’m out of a lot of ingredients for different meals chances are I have the ingredients for tater tot casserole with cheese in my freezer. I also like that everyone eats it without complaining and even though I don’t love cream soup, this recipe really is delicious!
You can sub or add ingredients to this meal easily. I like to use mixed frozen vegetables, but you can use what you have on hand. Frozen peas or corn would be a great substitute. You can also leave out the cheese if you don’t have it or try a different cheese if you want.
You can make your own cream of mushroom soup, if you desire. I also use ground beef or ground turkey for this casserole, depending what I have on hand. If your family likes a little spice, you could use a sausage in it’s place as well.
This really is a recipe you can play around with and add or leave out what you want.
I like to add the cheese underneath the tater tots because I like the tots to get crispy in the oven. Sometimes having the cheese on top makes it so they don’t get as crispy, but you can easily add it to the top, if you would rather.Here’s a few FAQ about casseroles:
What is a Casserole?
A casserole is a combination of meats, vegetables, starches and sauces all layered together in one single dish. Usually a casserole is cooked slowly in a large pan in the oven, but can also sometimes be cooked in a slow cooker
A casserole consists of 3 parts;
Why is it called a casserole?
Some people call it a hot meal, while others called it a casserole. The name casserole simply comes from the dish it is cooked in.
What are the types of casserole dishes?
Most casserole dishes are rectangular in shape, but occasionally you’ll also use a square dish. You will also mainly find them made of Pyrex, but also can find them in aluminized steel or earthenware.
What types of starches are casserole dishes made with?
There’s a variety of different starches that can be used when making your casserole. The main 3 you will find in recipes are Potatoes, Pasta and Rice.
How do you bind the casserole together?
You can use two different options to bind your casserole together; either an egg mixture or a sauce. Lots of recipes will call for something like cream of mushroom/chicken but others have things like pasta sauce or whipped egg.
The binder in this cheesy tater tot casserole recipe is the cream of mushroom soup.
Can a casserole be made with pre-cooked ingredients?
Check your recipe’s instructions carefully. Some recipes call for pre-cooked items and others have all un-cooked ingredients. It will all depend on the recipe you are using.
Do I need to cover my casserole?
Depending on the texture and ingredient you used for the topping, you will most likely cover your casserole with foil or a lid for the majority of the cook time. Usually removing the covering for the last 5-15ish minutes to let the cheese melt or topping crisp up a bit.
Should I broil my casserole?
After you cook your casserole, it is common to have a topping added at the end that requires a quick broil. A few common toppings are
- bread crumbs
- french onions
- mashed potatoes
- or cracker crumbs
Can you freeze casseroles?
Most cooked casseroles are not intended for freezing. The reason is that freezing a starch and then re-cooking it breaks it down. A potato that has been frozen after cooked will become mush. If you are going to freeze a cooked pasta, it should be al-dente otherwise when you reheat/cook it after freezing the pasta noodle will just break down and become mush.
An uncooked casserole is perfect for freezing. While you are making dinner, prepare a second dish as well to throw in the freezer for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Using disposable pans is perfect for a freezer meal.
What do you serve with a casserole?
Our favorite things to serve with a casseroles, like this tater tot casserole with cheese, is fresh fruit and vegetables. A side salad is also a perfect combination to serve with a casserole. But to be honest, most of the time the casserole is really filling already so you don’t even need a side dish with it.
How long will a casserole last in the fridge?
The steadfast rule for leftovers is 3-4 days while in an airtight container. Make sure that the food goes directly into the fridge and gets reheated to a food safe temperature while reheating.
How to reheat a casserole?
We like to reheat our casserole leftovers in an oven safe container, in the oven at the same temperature it was cooked. Usually can be heated all the way through in around 30 minutes, but it obviously depends on the thickness and how many leftovers are still in the pan.
Super easy and Cheesy tater tot casserole
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 10 3/4 ounce cans cream of mushroom soup
- 2 1/2 cups mixed frozen vegetables carrots, peas, corn and green beans
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 32 oz bag of frozen tater tots
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add ground beef and diced onion to a large skillet over medium high heat, season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook and stir until beef is no longer pink. Drain, if needed.
- Return to heat and add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add Worcestershire sauce, both cans of cream of mushroom soup and frozen vegetables. Stir to combine and warm for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour beef and vegetable mixture to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and then layer tater tots to the top.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until tater tots are golden and crispy.
For casseroles, like this cheesy tater tot casserole, I love glass Pyrex dishes. I love that you can even get Pyrex with lids to make transport easy and you can store leftovers in your fridge easily.
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