Tater Tot Hotdish

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Tater Tot Hotdish, also known as Tater Tot Casserole, is a classic comfort food recipe best known in Minnesota. This recipe is a combination of five ingredients you will most likely already have on hand – ground beef, onion, cream of mushroom soup, corn and tater tots.

Tater Tot Hotdish served on a white plate

Tater Tot Hotdish


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I’m not from Minnesota. I’ve only been there a couple of times. I grew up in California and I had actually never heard of a Tater Tot Hotdish until recently. Tater Tots? You bet. I love them. But I had no idea what a hotdish, let alone a tater tot hotdish was.

Turns out, a hotdish is just another name for casserole. Speaking of casseroles, if this hotdish recipe looks good, you’ll definitely want to make Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole or how about a Pierogi Casserole?

I wanted to make sure that when I made this tater tot hotdish recipe, I stayed true to how Minnesotans enjoy it. Turns out I’m lucky enough to have a good friend from Minnesota who was happy to advise me.

You see, the West Coast girl in me wanted to add all sorts of ingredients, namely vegetables, to my hotdish. My friend said that wouldn’t be a true Minnesotan hotdish, so I stuck with just corn.

I thought about making a cheesy Tater Tot Hotdish, but then I decided to make it as simple as possible so I didn’t bother with cheese. Honestly, with the combination of ingredients I used, I felt the dish had plenty of creamy texture and great flavor. The cheese wasn’t needed at all!

If you’re looking for a Tater Tot Hotdish without cream of mushroom soup, this isn’t the recipe you’re looking for. But let me tell you, this super simple recipe tastes amazing. I was actually a little bit shocked at how good it was.

The lack of green vegetables put this casserole directly into the comfort food casserole category for me, but pairing it with a green salad or some steamed spinach would be a great option for an easy dinner.

I’ve also heard that you can make tater tot hotdish with sour cream, however, I would only do that if I were to incorporate some sauteed mushrooms, basically making my own cream of mushroom soup.

Tater Tot Hotdish prepared in a skillet

How do you cook a Tater Tot Casserole?

Cooking Tater Tot Hotdish couldn’t be easier!

  • The first step is to brown ground beef and onions. I’m sure plenty of hotdish recipes out there don’t call for onion however, I think it adds a ton of great flavor and texture.
  • Once the meat is cooked, you’ll either transfer it to a 9×13 inch baking dish, or you can cook the casserole in the pan you cooked the meat in if it’s large enough and oven safe.
  • Add the corn to the top of the meat and then top that with the cream of mushroom soup.
  • The final step is to cover with a single layer of tater tots and bake the whole casserole in the oven for about 45 minutes. If you like the tater tots extra crispy, allow them to defrost a bit before you bake them.

Is a Tater Tot Hotdish good for you?

It depends on what you classify as good for you. Like I said, I think this recipe qualifies more as comfort food. You can definitely make this recipe more healthy by adding additional vegetables or using grass-fed meat.

Tater Tot Hotdish

Tater Tot Hotdish, also known as Tater Tot Casserole, is a classic comfort food recipe best known in Minnesota. This recipe is a combination of five ingredients you will most likely already have on hand – ground beef, onion, cream of mushroom soup, corn and tater tots.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 – 14 oz can corn, drained
  • 2 – 11 oz containers cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 pounds tater tots


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once meat is starting to brown and is crumbly, remove from heat.
  3. Either transfer meat mixture to a 9×13 casserole dish or keep it in the skillet if it is 12″ diameter and oven safe. Top with corn, then cream of mushroom soup, then tater tots.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until everything is heated through and tater tots are crisp on the outside.


For extra crispy tater tots, allow to defrost slightly before baking.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 353 kcal

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Tater Tot Hotdish is a super easy, comfort food recipe that is so delicious! Ground beef, onion, cream of mushroom soup, corn and tater tots create the perfect casserole for any busy weeknight! #centslessmeals #comfortfoods #easyreceipe #easydinners #simplemeals #funcooking #kidsrecipes #classicrecipe #weeknightmeal

Krissy Allori

Krissy is married to the Leftover King, has two food-loving kids, and lives on a 10 acre farm with 5 goats, 22 chickens, and one barn cat named Barn Cat. Krissy left a life in the suburbs and a career in the high tech industry that spanned almost two decades to devote all of her time and energy to her family, recipe creation, photography, and eating. You can find hundreds of delicious recipes on her blog, Self Proclaimed Foodie, and you can read about her farming adventures and mishaps on her new, more personal blog, Ten Acre Baker.

2 comments on “Tater Tot Hotdish”

  1. This dish sounds great byt I have a problem. I live on the West Coast of South Africa…never heard of Tater Tots….how do you make them?
    Thank you. Antoinette

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