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
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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.
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.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 1 - 14 ounce can corn drained
- 2 - 11 ounce cans cream of mushroom soup
- 2 pounds tater tots
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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.
Either transfer meat mixture to a 9x13 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.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until everything is heated through and tater tots are crisp on the outside.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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