This is the best tater tot casserole recipe you’ll ever find!

What makes this cheesy tater tot casserole recipe so amazing is that it can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending on the ingredients that are added to it! 

plated Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with a fork taking a bite out of it

Follow Our Zesty Life on Pinterest for more great recipes and ideas!

PIN this Tater Tot Casserole to your Dinner Board!

For a Mexican version, use chorizo instead of ground beef. For a Taco version, add taco seasonings and shredded cheddar cheese on the top! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  This step-by-step recipe produces a hearty, flavorful casserole that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients

Nearly anything can be added to a tater tot casserole, as long as the condensed soup and cheese are added to blend and hold everything together. 

ingredients to make Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole in a bowl and ground beef with onions cooking in the background

  • MEAT: With ground beef, chicken, sausage, ham, or bacon, this easy tater tot casserole is a perfect hot dish to take to picnics, parties, or buffets!
  • VEGGIES: Get creative with switching up the mixed veggies or try all broccoli or all green beans for a healthy, nutrition-packed casserole!
  • BASE: What’s the secret ingredient? Why Campbell’s condensed soup, of course! In this recipe, we used cream of mushroom & broccoli cheddar, but why not try other soups like cheddar cheese soup for a Chili Cheeseburger tater tot casserole?
  • ADDITIONS: Even adding a scrambled egg or two to the soup mixture will give the casserole additional texture and some extra nutrition.
  • TOPPINGS: Top casserole with sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.

top view of tator tots being put on top of Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

A hamburger tater tot casserole starts with cooked ground beef, seasonings, veggies, and of course, tater tots!

  1. Cook beef with onion, using a meat chopper to break up the meat, until the pink is gone and drain the fat.
  2. Mix soup, garlic powder, seasonings, veggies, and half the cheese. Add the meat mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread mixture in an even layer in a prepared casserole dish. Cover casserole with tater tots and sprinkle with cheese. Kiddos LOVE adding the tots on top!

top view of Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

How Long to Bake Tater Tot Casserole

Bake until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 35 to 40 minutes, and the casserole is heated through.

To make cheesy tater tot casserole in a Crockpot, layer the same way and cook on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour or until the cheese on top is melted.

baked Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with an orange napkin and spoon

What Goes with Tater Tot Casserole?

Cheesy tater tot casserole is a whole meal in itself but here are some ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner casseroles!

baked Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with a metal spoonful getting taken out

How to Reheat Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tot casserole tastes even better the next day! Keep leftover hot dish covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator and it will keep for up to 4 days.

To reheat tater tot casserole, place single portions in a microwave-safe dish and heat through. Refresh with a few dashes of salt and pepper and a fresh dollop of sour cream.

plated Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with a fork taking a bite out of it
5 from 6 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Tater Tot Casserole

This delicious casserole is an instant favorite! Everyone will love this easy, delicious dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Candace



  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish.
  • In a large skillet, cook onion and beef until onion is translucent and beef is browned. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, mix together soups, garlic powder, Italian dressing mix, vegetables, ½ cup cheese, and salt and pepper if using. Add onion and beef once cooked and mix through.
  • Add to casserole dish and spread along the bottom. Arrange tater tots on top of meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, until bubbling and cheese is browned.


*I love the cheesy flavor of the broccoli and cheese soup, but any condensed cream soup will work.
5 from 6 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 504 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1945IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

Pin this Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe!

plated Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with writing

plated Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole and an image of the casserole being made with a title
Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole on a plate and in a baking dish with a title


, ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
See more posts by Candace

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating