Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe

A beloved Midwestern American dish, Tater Tot Hotdish is the epitome of homey comfort food, with Minnesota being its primary stronghold. This satisfying casserole unites seasoned ground beef, rich mushroom soup, mixed vegetables like corn or green beans, and a delightful layer of crunchy tater tots. The alluring flavors and pleasing textures make it perfect for communal meals, shared dinners, or simply warming up on a cold night. The adaptability of Tater Tot Hotdish allows for a range of substitutions, including alternative meats, cheeses, or spices, ensuring its enduring place in the culinary hearts of Americans.

Recipe for Tater Tot Hotdish

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Yields: 6-8 servings


  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed veggies (corn, peas, or green beans)
  • 1 (10.5 oz or 298g) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, as needed
  • 4 cups (approx. 32 oz or 900g) frozen tater tots
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) grated cheddar cheese


  1. Set your oven to 375°F (190°C) to preheat.
  2. Using a large frying pan over medium heat, sauté the ground beef and chopped onion until the beef is thoroughly cooked and the onions are tender and translucent. Drain any leftover fat.
  3. Mix in the assorted vegetables and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a different bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, mixing well.
  5. Blend the soup mix with the beef and vegetable mixture in the frying pan, stirring to ensure even distribution.
  6. Pour the blended ingredients into a 9×13-inch (23×33 cm) baking dish, ensuring an even spread.
  7. Place the frozen tater tots in a single layer atop the mixture.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until the tater tots turn a golden, crispy brown.
  9. Take the dish out of the oven and scatter the grated cheddar cheese over the tater tots. Put the dish back in the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts and bubbles.
  10. Allow the hotdish to cool for a short while before serving.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 510 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Fat: 28g (Saturated Fat: 12g)
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 980mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5g

Kindly note that the nutritional values may differ based on the specific ingredients used.