Monday, September 6, 2010

Cowboy Casserole - looks like dog food - tastes delicious.

Cowboy Casserole - looks like dog food.

I'm so happy that summer is ready to get the heck out of here. Those of you that know me, know that summer is not my favorite season. In fact, it's my least favorite of the four.

If it could just be kind enough to arrive without the heat and humidity, I’d really enjoy it a whole helluva lot more. Humidity is not my friend.

Bad. Bad. Bad. It makes my hair frizz. Frizzy hair is not a good look for me.

Fall, now that is my season. My hair does not frizz in the fall. This makes me happy.

I enjoy cooking and baking so much more in the fall. My kitchen is a little cozier when the oven is heating it up instead of the sweltering heat from outside.

I can barely wait for all the soups, stews and casseroles that are just around the corner.

Cowboy Casserole

I saw this recipe is an issue of Taste of Home and I literally couldn’t wait to make it. Luckily the weather wasn’t as hot as it has been over the past few weeks.

Now as you can see from the title…this is nothing to look at. It’s not a pretty looking casserole, but what casserole is really?

I changed it up quite a bit. This is the kind of dish that you can really make your own. It is what my husband would call a “stick to your ribs” kind of meal.

It’s comfort food on a fork. I've made it two times in 3 weeks. Think shepherd's pieish, with a wicked twist. A delicious mix of hamburger, cheese and corn sandwiched in between a layer of crunchy tots. It's the kind of dish Napoleon Dynamite would give 2 thumbs up too.

My casserole dish missed me. "sniff"


Cowboy Casserole 1


Cowboy Casserole
adapted from a recipe at Taste of Home
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I used 80/20)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (15.25oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
:1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons sour cream
1 bag (30 oz) frozen tater tots (I used Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns)

Before I got ready to make this casserole, I let the Crispy Crowns sit on the counter to defrost for an hour or so. The original recipe used still frozen tater tots, but I felt they wouldn't cook as well if they were still frozen solid.

In a large skillet cook the onion until tender and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the beef and cook over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the mixture and place into a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the soup, milk and sour cream. Whisk until smooth. Add to hamburger mixture and stir to combine. Add corn and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Gently mix to combine.

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the Crispy Crowns on the bottom, pour the hamburger mixture over the top and then layer with the other half of the Crispy Crowns. Sprinkle with remaining 1, cup cheese and bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.

*Note - The second time I made this I prepared it the night before and stuck it in the fridge overnight. I took it out about an hour before I wanted to bake it, just so it could come to room temperature a bit. I think it was even better than the first one!

141 comments:

TKW said...

"Looks like dog food..." I had to laugh! I always have trouble photographing stuff like pot roast or meat loaf--very unattractive but tasty!

Amy said...

I've made this one! A couple times. I'd forgotten about it, so thanks for the reminder. It is a great/easy/yummy Fall dish, for sure. I am the opposite of you in terms of the seasons, though - I want summer to go on forever. Whimper, whimper.

megantwenty7 said...

This is my absolute favorite food. My family has been making a simpler version since I was a baby (but we call it Tator Tot Casserole). We just use a lb of beef, a can of corn, a can of mushroom soup, cheese, and tator tots.

Also, I have recently started to make a different version - sub beef, corn, and mushroom soup for chicken, broccoli, and cream of chicken soup, then sprinkle some seasoning salt on top. Sometimes I also add a bit of cheese soup. It is GOOD.

Anonymous said...

shouldn't every good recipe come with the tagline "looks like dog food-tastes delicious". You crack me up my friend!

My girl is going to love it. I might just have to make a change to the meal plan.

It's cool here now (thank heavens) my hair detests humidity too (well almost all weather) but still...

You know what I'm thinking...apple cake, applesauce, apple crumble, apple dumplings...yummm for fall.

Pamela said...

What temp do you cook it at? I was thinking high - like 375 or so since the tater tots need the high heat to crisp up.

I have this made up, sitting on the counter - I'll cook it a little later but I wanted to share my little adjustment to the recipe. My kids don't really care for corn so instead, I cut up 3 spicy beans (from a jar) and added them. I'm crossing my fingers.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Pamela I'm sorry! I left out the temp. I just corrected that! I actually baked it at 350 and the tots browned right up. As I said, I let them defrost a bit so they weren't frozen solid when I put them in.

Hope you enjoy it!

Pamela said...

Ohhhh, YUMMY! What a GREAT recipe - my two teenage boys devoured it! Used 3 spicy green beans instead of corn and all they said was "what was that green thing?" This is definitely a keeper! Thanks!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fantastic casserole. Look pretty good actually. Not anything like the dog's dinner. My kind of dish.

Just found your blog. Look forward to following you here.

Cedarglen said...

It looks wonderful. Everything was fine until I got to the Tater Tots. (take a quick look at the label - ouch!). I'm gonna make this (Or very close) but will substitute sliced real potato rounds, probably with a little par-boil. If it boes not brown/crisp as expected, a quick pass under the broiler will do it. Thanks for sharing this. Good Pix. And NO, I don't tink it looks like dog food. Very attractive dish.

Michelle said...

Believe me, this does not look like dog food but I had to laugh! It is difficult to photograph casseroles with gooey cheese but I bet it was delicious.

I'm pretty sure my husband would love this dish!

Missjane said...

Looks yummy Lisa!
My Husband makes a version of this with Mac and Cheese as the bottom layer, and corn AND green beans in the meat layer. He calls his 'Junk Food Pie' I may have to get him to make some this week!

Proud Italian Cook said...

OMGoodness you brought back memories, I use to make this for my kids years ago, we called it Tator Tot Casserole and I used peas or sometimes green beans for the corn. it's so good, stick to your ribs good!

Five of US said...

Dog food or no, it sounds ridiculously yummy. Found you via pinterest (you're trending!) so I had to come and see.

Rebecca said...

I made it tonight for my family and it was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The cheese measurements in the recipe directions did not add up to the amount in the listed ingredients. Which one is right, 1.5 cups or 2 cups? Thanks!

Ambrosia said...

This passed the test with my hubby and boys! I made a double batch so I could bring a meal to a new mama - they loved it, too!

Shared this as part of my Pinterest Project! http://fabulouslydomesticbyambrosia.blogspot.com/2011/09/pinterest-project-day-10-cowboy.html

Hannah said...

In my parts we call this Tater-Tot Hot dish. Every family, every person has a different version. But it has the same bones, ground meat (usually beef), cream of something soup, milk, veggies, with a layer of tots on top! I love the layer on the bottom as well, I may have to try that the next time I make my version of the hot dish!

Lisa said...

This sounds really warming and a good dish for a cold autumn/winter night.... what are tater tots tho? we don't have them over here in the UK, the only thing i can think they might be is mashed potato rolled in breadcrumbs? in the UK we call them potato croquettes, is this what they are?
Thanks
Lisa

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Lisa, let me see how I can describe them. They are like a crunchy potato puff? They crisp up in the oven. If anyone else can help me out, jump right in, lol.

Anonymous said...

Tater-tots are like baked hash-brown bites!

Danielle said...

I made it tonight .. used too much cheese and it was kinda huge - but we LOVED it. brought back memories - ty <3

Peterson Family said...

It is almost the same as what Tater-Tot Casserole is for me. We just do not add the sour cream. But my family loves it. so easy to make too!!!

Diana Schrock said...

FYI- I have been making versions of tater tot cassereole for over 25 years and frozen comes out just fine, no need to thaw. I have come to use the crowns now as my favorites. I will try this version of the recipe. It looks yummy. My version I use french style green beans and my husband makes it with peas. To each their own. Thanks

Cassie said...

I will be making this! Love those recipes that are easily customized and will probably try subbing ground turkey for a leaner alternative and adding some other veggies... bell pepper? My husband will love this!!!

Anonymous said...

I have a similar recipe except instead of ground beef I use bratwurst (sp). Just remove it from the casing. It disappears in minutes.

hometown girl said...

this looks wonderful! i will try this one for the kids! thanks! susan

The UDG said...

Totally made this and it's one of the few meals that Husband had seconds of! I wrote about it here: http://domesticallychallengedgrrl.blogspot.com/2011/12/food-friday_23.html

Sara Plain And Tall said...

This looks amazing! Saw it on Pinterest and had to see what it was. Now, I don't have tater tots (I know, how could I not?!) but I have a bag of frozen hash browns. Do you think I can still whip this bad boy up? Also should I use the same time and oven heat? I would love to try it!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Sara I think they would work. I wouldn't adjust the temp. Let me know how it works out!

terry@domestic dilettante said...

This is a gussied-up remix of Tater Tot Casserole, which I (and my mom before me) made with mixed vegetables (canned, drained or frozen.)

It's an easy way to sneak some veggies in on picky eaters.

Coincidentally, I picked up a bag of tater tots this week just to make this dish. I'll try adding the sour cream to see what it does for the flavor. For those who don't like the preservatives in tater tots, try shredded hash browns on top, with a handful of shredded cheese and a bit of salt and pepper. You'll get a similar taste without the fat and preservatives. Rock on, fellow casserolers!

shortgoranch said...

Sounds absolutely YUMMY! Can't wait to try it. For someone on a gluten-free diet, what do you think you'd substitute for the cream of mushroom soup?

I've made something like this before but used hotdogs! It's delicious, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

I have made similar to this in the past and a good tip for leftovers (makes to much for my small family). We love it the next morning with over easy eggs on top and some toast!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

I love your blog! Found you on Pinterest, looks like dog food, hysterical, yummy country cookin! Nettie

Anonymous said...

Can you substitute cream of celery for the cream of mushroom?

Traci said...

Ohhh my was this good!!! I used the same kind of tots and while I browned the meat, I put the bottom layer of tots in the oven to get crispy. Also used green beans instead of corn since I didn't have any corn. But still sooooo good!!! I had to stop my hubs from takin all the leftovers to work to share because that would leave me with slim pickins!!

Anonymous said...

Try it with ground sausage and no corn for a tasty breakfast!! I also substituted the corn for drained rotel tomatoes and didn't use the milk.. I live it!!

elizabeth said...

I grew Up eating "Tater Tot Casserole" Love it, I put peas instead of corn and add a cup of small cottage cheese into the mix, but still the basic recipe!!!! Try this version you will love it!

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

My husband and son would love this dish.

tammyhoge said...

Meat and taters....my hubby's favorite. Looks yummy!

ana said...

hello its nice and i think its very delicious recipes...i have a question,whats ball on top..thank u

Gaby Godoy de Porras said...

Thanks for sharing! I just made it for dinner last night... amazing and extra yummy!!!! here's the recipe i posted on my blog, thanks a lot! http://gabhousewife.blogspot.com/2012/02/cowboy-casserole.html

Anonymous said...

Make this a lot....take it for luncheons and always bring back an empty dish!!!

Felicia said...

Totally not my healthiest meal, but sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing, glad I found this on pinterest. Even the hubby couldn't help but have seconds. Thanks again.

Pam said...

I have made this before and yummo! One night I layered the bottom with onion rings from the frozen food section. It was a total hit!

Pam said...

Want to make this!! Can I make ahead and freeze it? I work late and have husband and father-in-law to feed, need things to make for husband to cook. Thank-you

Anonymous said...

Yum, my family loves tater tot casserole! For the person who asked about gluten-free substitutions, they do make gf cream soups now. If you cant find them in your area, alfredo sauce is a good substitution - maybe a light version to cut back a little on the richness.

Anonymous said...

my sister is newly gluten-free & the cream of mushroom she got was tasty. We have been making this for years calling it tater tot cass. Frozen taters work fine but I don't put them on the bottom. Meat mix on bottom,layer of cheese, tater tots on top. I also bake it according to the tater tot packing, for time & temp. My nephew likes the mini tots on his.

Anonymous said...

This recipe was so amazing! Thank you so much. The second time I made this I added a can of chopped green chilles to add some heat! Amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

Want to jazz up the hamburger a bit???? After draining hamburger sprinkle an envelope of dry onion soup mix on the meat and stir good...I also like to add the cream soup to the meat while still on the burner...helps distribute it evenly through the casserole...happy eating!!

Anonymous said...

We are eating it for dinner right now and it is excellent!! I used venison instead of the ground beef. Thank you for the recipe.

Melody said...

Other than the corn, this is similar to one of our favorites. It's really good with some warm homemade bread out of the bread machine. Thanks for sharing it!

Connie (aka LOU) said...

I have made this a couple of times after I saw it on Pinterest. Making it again tonight. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

My Son Is Going To Love This....

Anonymous said...

My familys favorite tator tot cass. has frozen mixed veg .and cream of chicken soup ,no sour cream and no garlic and the cheese is 1 cup sprinkled on top ..

Anonymous said...

I almost didn't try this because you said it looked like dog food, but maybe that is what made me look--- who knows. But it will be a good recipe too make on a Sunday night. My husband loved it. I used the large can of mushroom soup and extra cheese because he hates anything dry and we love the mushroom soup. So I used a large dish and it turned out great I left the crispy rounds out overnight, so that they would not be frozen and made it with my cake at the same time, for around 25 min. Not too brown. Husband went back for seconds. Said don't lose that recipe. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I make this with Jimmy Dean hot sausage instead of hamburger - we love the extra 'kick'!

tandphorton said...

Tried this for dinner tonight and it was great!!! Even my picky daughter loved it!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my go to dishes when i need to take food to a sick friend or someone who has had a Death in the family. i usually put together wrap in foil and put baking directions on top then recipiant can bake or freeze til later.

Anonymous said...

Well I was looking for something new, fast and with ingredients on hand. I looked this up and it sounded like a familiar dish that I had enjoyed before but with a few twists. I cooked it and enjoyed it with my 3 year old. I wasn't overwhelmed and figured once my DH had sampled it that would be it. Well he let me know he didn't know what I called that dish leftover in the fridge but he called it PDG. Pretty Darn Good. I was pleasantly surprised. Will make it again I am certain.

Gryeyes said...

Its looks very similar to what MN calls tater tot hotdish.
Being a transplant, it took me a long time to try it. But now, it is a staple in our households. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Very similar to our family favorite called Tater Tot Casserole. I usually added a pkg of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to the cream of mushroom mixture, then it was poured over the top of the meat and tots...no cheese...but my daughter added cheese for her family. I never tried it with corn, so I decided to mix it up with a can of chili beans too, then added taco seasoning mix to the meat. So now I guess it's Fiesta Casserole! Sure smells good right about now!

Bo Hall said...

I make almost same thing but I bake the tots (while cooking the meat)so they will be a little crisp and bake for 30 mins.

nate.primecp said...

We featured this recipe in a new blog post. You can check it out here. Thanks for the great recipe.

http://www.recipelionblog.com/23-cowboy-recipes-for-the-family/

Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of tater tots, but I made do with an alternative. I keep cooked rice, seasoned with garlic and chives, around most of the time. Incorporating 2 cups of pre-cooked rice makes this a winner for us, sans the tots.

Anonymous said...

I found this recipe when my kids were toddlers (they are teens now) and they always loved it. Instead of corn, I use frozen mixed veggies. Just pop them in the microwave for about 4 minutes to defrost and heat up a bit before mixing in to the rest of mix.

Theresa said...

My mom made this when I was little. And it was called tator tot casserole.

Kathy said...

Relish! My family ate it up! Had to use cream of chicken in a pinch and it was so good!

Charlotte said...

Made this the other day but used O'Brien Hash Brown potatoes instead of the tator tots or crispy crowns 'coz that's what I had. So in response to those that wondered about using hash browns, YES!!!! It's great!! I put a layer of hash browns on the bottom and then spread the rest on the top. My husband, who doesn't care much for casseroles, LOVED it!!! He ate over half! It was good warmed up the next day. So here's the answer to whether it would work with hash browns........a resounding YES! Thanks for a great recipe keeper.

Keck Family said...

thanks for the delicious dinner idea, made it tonight and even my picky toddler scarfed it down! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

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Andie Schweizer said...

My sister-in-law is making this while I'm typing. :) it sounds really yummy!!!! I can't wait to try it!

ashton said...

I would love to make that and try it howeverwhat else can I use other then cream of mushroom soup my husband can not stand mushrooms

ashton said...

I would love to make that and try it howeverwhat else can I use other then cream of mushroom soup my husband can not stand mushrooms

Anonymous said...

Alexia frozen foods had sweet potatoes tots . They are just as great and for what its worth, they give an essence of healthy (lol)Great recipe

Anonymous said...

Made this for the family tonight and they loved it. My mom made this for me when I was a little girl. Thank you for reminding me of this yummy dish.

Anonymous said...

Cream of Celery or chicken work great too, I always use cream of chicken when I make mine!

Kaitlyn said...

Made this tonight for my husband and I, and it was a big hit. I added a bit of homemade taco seasoning to the meat and a can of black beans. Will definitely make again.

Anonymous said...

Is there something else you can use for sour cream?.. I really want to try and make this but I'm not a huge fan of sour cream.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous that asked about substitutes for sour cream- you could use plain yogurt-

Cricket said...

You just descibed me. LOVE fall, hate humidity. I have curly hair so it of course turns into an afro!

I love all the wonderful recipes we tend to only make in the fall and winter as well. Soups, stews, casseroles. I can't wait to try this one.

tracypalooza said...

July 2012 - I just saw this casserole on Pinterest and checked it out, and then read your comments about Summer. I couldn't agree with you more!! Summer is so awful with the heat and humidity. I suppose I could move. But I'll probably just complain about it. I'll try your Cowboy Casserole in a couple of months!

A mom, a wife, a crafter..... said...

I make this just as it's posted and my family LOVES it! They are so excited tonight that we're having it again that everyone is going to be home :) Thank you for posting!

Anonymous said...

Love your cowboy version of this. Our family has been eating "tater tot casserole" for years. We have used various meats, vegies and soups combined with tater tots and its always good comfort food. Our favorite is ground beef with taco seasoning and sauteed red and green bell peppers, corn, nacho cheese soup and tater tots with Mexican mix cheese on the top. Always a hit at our house.

Samantha Hilton said...

I'm makingthis right now to sit in the fridge until time to bake it for supper! Do I foil it/cover it before baking?

Samantha Hilton said...

Making this tonight! Its steady made and in the fridge to bake later! One question, do you cover/foil it at all while its baking?

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Samantha, I cover it with foil and uncover the last 15 mins or so. Let me know how you like it!

Anonymous said...

I never made this with corn but I have added green peas before. I made this last night with canned asparagus tips (needed to do something with that can) and it was actually delicious. I think next time I will do this with a can of cream of celery. I think the celery would compliment the asparagus even more.

Anonymous said...

I've always called this tator tot casserole. I make mine with out corn in it though and put chopped onions and bell peppers in it. SO good! Or sometimes I just leave out the veggies. One of my kids' favorite meals. I also make a breakfast version with scrambled eggs and sausage...you can put the chopped onions and bell peppers in that as well.

Sara Jones said...

Could you use corn and peas?

wildabouthockey said...

Tried this tonight and it definitely has potential. My family thought it was too "dry" and needed another can of cream of mushroom soup. I also would have put just one layer of tater tots in it instead of two. But, I think next time I will make it with hash browns instead because I'm not really a fan of tater tots. I think the reason I didn't like this as well as I thought I would was because my mother-in-law is British and makes the most amazing "cottage pie," which is very similar but with mashed potatoes instead.

wildabouthockey said...

Tried this tonight and it definitely has potential. My family thought it was too "dry" and needed another can of cream of mushroom soup. I also would have put just one layer of tater tots in it instead of two. But, I think next time I will make it with hash browns instead because I'm not really a fan of tater tots. I think the reason I didn't like this as well as I thought I would was because my mother-in-law is British and makes the most amazing "cottage pie," which is very similar but with mashed potatoes instead.

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight with a from scratch mushroom cream sauce. Fantastic! Used almond milk in the sauce. Awesome!

Pam Tacker said...

This it's what we called "Tater tot hamburger casserole" when I was a kid.

Pam Tacker said...

This is what we called "Tater tot hamburger casserole" when I was a kid.

Anonymous said...

I make this for my family - Tatertot casserole. Very similar but I put green beans and corn in it. I also make a small amount with no meat for my vegetarian son.

Fatima said...

I made this tonight and it was a hit!! Even my picky husband had seconds. :-)

Jordan said...

I don't know how I would like the corn in it. I think maybe add some bell peppers and rotel tomatoes. Or, maybe even some jalepenos instead! Sounds delicious, though!

Maria said...

Love your comment! It just shows that this is really a versatile dish and you can use what ever you want. I'm making the original version tonight but will be making your version later in the week! :) I've also heard of people using chicken and broccoli with a creamed soup and the tots. Really a great recipe for all tastes. :)

Joyce said...

I made this but used a can of tomatoes with peppers and added bell pepper chopped both then added a package of taco mix. Omit the soup. Use mexican cheese. We loved it.

Giselle Acosta said...

I am making this as I type, and I decided to season the hamburger a bit with Adobo, paprika, oregano and sazon ( I am Latina, so we usually season all meat before cooking) and its baking right now, so I will let you know how it turns out......

Anonymous said...

Made this but seemed a little dry and 25-30 min was definately not long enough, our tator tots on the bottom were still pretty cold, most hotdishes are about 45- 1 hr cooking time, may try that next time. Thanks!

Jeff Taylor said...

saving this for future reference. Sounds great!

MVD said...

Very cute article about the "weather" I'm with you on summer! we are trying this today? :) Happy Baking!!!

Lucy Snyder said...

I have made this for years, my kids love it and make it for their kids, We call it tater tot casserole and add chopped broccoli to it.

Ben said...

Instead of ground chuck, use left over grilled steaks...no BBQ nor steak sauce, of course.

Austie Bost said...

I love "Tater Tot Casserole," but I'll be calling it "Cowboy Casserole" from now on because it's adorable!!! My daughter isn't interested in trying it at the moment, but I think she will change her mind when it comes out of the oven in 18 minutes. ;)

Leigh Ann said...

This is great with ground turkey and cream of chicken and mushroom soup. :3

Leigh Ann said...

This is great with ground turkey and cream of chicken and mushroom soup. :3

Angie said...

Has anyone done this in a crock pot? I travel full time and use my crock pot for almost all meals in our camper or hotel. I think all would be great, but I'm not sure about the tater tots. They won't brown. After reading all the comments, I might just leave the tots out and serve the meat mixture over rice or mashed potatoes. Any thoughts or suggestions?

PaJeane said...

Made this with sweet potato tots. Yeehawwww!

Anonymous said...

We made this for years with a few alterations. I use cream of celery and no sour cream or milk. Tonight I made it and did something different. We had a TON of leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving so I did the layer of round tots on the bottom but I made potato cakes for the top. The potato cakes made it AMAZING. I totally recommend that if you have leftover mashed potatoes.

Niki said...

OMG! I just made this. Very yummy. Comfort food. I used a mixture of onion flavored tater tots and regular. And since it's after Thanksgiving, I added in my leftover cornbread casserole instead of the can of corn. I also used Velvetta because I like how it melts better than cheddar. Had to cut garlic to one clove as it upsets hubby's tummy. But very minor changes. Very good results.

Anonymous said...

Potatoes pancakes make anything more amazing! LOVE them!

Laurie said...

I am making this for a group of real cowboys, tonight. A couple of them have stared in some John Wayne movies. Will try to get a picture for you <3

Anonymous said...

I have made something very similar, but in place of the milk I have used red wine. Yummo!!

Randi said...

I made this with ground turkey breast and healthy request cream of chicken soup. I also added a lot of different spices and herbs to the turkey since its so bland. I used half a can of french fried onions too. I left the tots out on the counter for a couple of hours to defrost. It was great.

Janet Hazzard said...

I've been making this for YEARS, never pre-thaw the tots, comes out fabulous.

Janet Hazzard said...

I've been making this recipe for YEARS. Never pre-thaw the tots, and it comes out fabulous. One of my favorites!

Anonymous said...

I make basically the same thing but mix everything together then put in pan. Plus when almost done put more cheese on top. We've always called it Tater Tot Casserole. It's way yummy :)

Lori in Texas said...

Hubby and the boys gave a big thumbs up and said this is one I should make again. I am a happy mommy/wife.Oh...and I really liked it too!!

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make something like this when I was little. Thank you,can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited....I have this casserole in the oven right now. Looks great! Thanks

Anonymous said...

Love the dish and I'm with you all the way with the season thing.....I hate summer!! heat, humidity and bugs.....Nasty!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome and going to try tonight but after reading the recipe a few times to make sure I wasn't missing anything you only mention 1 and a 1/2 cups of cheese and recipe calls for 2 cups?? Where does the other 1/2 c. of cheese go?

Lisa Ghenne said...

Add it to the top!

Anonymous said...

I love tator tots, I love ground beef, corn, cheese -- all of it! However, this just didn't go over with us. Seems like a total hit though!

Donna said...

I use frozen mixed vegtbles instead of cor, It is delicious.

wundawomun said...

What would be a good substitute for the mushroom soup? We can not eat it, but the rest of the recipe sounds great. :)

wundawomun said...

Is there anything we can substitute for the mushroom soup? We can't eat it here, but the rest of the recipe sounds great. :)

Andrea said...

I always substitute cream of chicken for cream of mushroom.

Becka Howard said...

Love this stuff...except Id use less or no garlic and veg all (mixed veggies) instead of just corn. Yum!

Becka Howard said...

Love this stuff...except Id use less or no garlic and veg all (mixed veggies) instead of just corn. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I have made a similar version...to keep your tots cooked to perfection....spray your dish..put the frozen tots on the bottom...while your Browning the beef...cook the tots for about 8-10 min....then add the rest and it will be great...also I layer in French fried onions and skip top layer of tots...also good w cream of chicken and green beans.

Anonymous said...

I made this with ground turkey and sweet potato tots, it tasted pretty good.

Alison said...

SSSOOOO good! It's been long week for us and this was the perfect late dinner comfort food! Followed the recipe completely and even got the "Keep this one in the book." from my boyfriend!! Can't wait to try out more recipes from you :)

Jamie said...

I've been reading the comments, and was surprised no one mentioned using velveeta. We make the meat without stirring in cheese, then put a layer of velveeta before topping it with tots and cheddar....so good!

Diane Jividen said...

Just saw this love the dog food comment. As a child my mother had a home day care in our home Every Friday night for a few months she had two families with 3 kids each stay for dinner. Friday night dinner was always simple and a lot of it, usually Spaghetti. One of the kids nick named it dog food and fish worms. 40 years later I still call it dog food and fish worms!

Heatherigoe said...

I have made this several times, only I also add crumbled bacon on top. This is a huge it with my family.

Anonymous said...

I always wonder which type of Cheddar cheese you should use. Mild, medium or sharp. There is a big difference in taste.

Anonymous said...

I found this on Pinterest. I made it and it was really good! My family loved it!!! I used "potato rounds" - like a flat tater tot and 1 lb of beef. It turned out great!!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Going to substitute cooked chicken cut up into bite size pieces and add some bell peppers! Sounds good!