This Tater Tot Hotdish is a classic Midwestern comfort food. Whether it’s the main dish or a side, everyone at the table will be satisfied. This Minnesota staple recipe is easy to make and fills everyone up. Great for your Thanksgiving table or any time of the year!
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? What are your plans? As always, we are making WAY too much food for just a few people. I have smokies and brownies to finish, but in the meantime let’s talk about ugly food. There could not be an uglier food than Tater Tot Hotdish. Or Tater Tot Casserole, if that’s more up your alley. Here in Minnesota we go with Hotdish. Or more accurately, hahhhht-dish.
This classic hotdish is often served at Thanksgiving, but it is perfect on any dinner table any time of the year. It is packed with comfort, with beef and potatoes and veggies all in a single bite.
THIS VIDEO BELOW WILL WALK YOU THROUGH MAKING YOUR OWN TATER TOT HOT DISH QUICKLY!
HOW TO MAKE EASY TATER TOT HOTDISH
Prep for this Tater Tot Hotdish is minimal. There is no need to pre-cook veggies or tater tots. Easy peasy! This classic comfort food is going to make your house smell good and fill everyone up!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add meat to the pan and brown the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain grease from pan and add salt and pepper to onions and beef.
Add green beans, cream of mushroom soup, corn, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and pour in an even layer into prepared casserole dish.
Once the meat has been completely topped with a layer of tater tots (do this in a single layer), sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over top. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown and the cheddar cheese is melted.
To add a bit of spice to the dish, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the beef onion mixture.
Cream of chicken or cream of celery soup can replace cream of mushroom, if desired!
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder would be a great addition to the beef mixture.
Ground turkey or sausage would be excellent replacement options for ground beef or skip the meat altogether to make it a meatless dish!
Frozen tater tots do not need to be thawed before adding them to the baking pan. Throw them in straight from the freezer!
WHAT IS HOTDISH?
Maybe you’re not from Minnesota (lovingly referred to as Minnesnowta!) and the word hotdish is confusing. But casserole is more familiar. Either way, it’s a one-pot meal packed with your protein, a potato or some sort of starch, your veggies and some sort of gravy or sauce.
WHY IS HOTDISH SO POPULAR?
Hotdish is a great option because it’s very affordable. You can use frozen, canned or fresh veggies. You layer the meat, potatoes and veggies so you don’t spend a lot on any layer. You also pack a lot of food into one pot. Also, it’s great for having leftovers or enough to feed a great big group!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FREEZE CASSEROLES
This hotdish will stay fresh in the fridge store in an air-tight container for 5 days. If you want to freeze for later enjoyment, you have a couple options:
Freeze unbaked – Assemble the layers as directed in an aluminum baking pan and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight) and bake as directed on the recipe.
Freeze baked – Assemble the layers and bake as directed in an aluminum baking pan. Let the casserole cool completely and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight). Reheat in a 250 degree F oven uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES
This is my Mom’s Mashed Potatoes recipe. It is the BEST and goes great with any main dish, any time of year. You’ll never need another mashed potato recipe again!
This is the BEST Homemade Cranberry Sauce! It is super easy to make and way surpasses the canned version in flavor. Be sure to use whole berries to your sauce to make this a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving or holiday table!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and easy to prepare. No boiling or saucepan/stovetop cleaning required with this side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy mashed potato recipe done in 30 minutes!
This Classic Sweet Potato Casserole is great on your Thanksgiving table and also a perfect side dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is filled with a delicious sweet potato mixture and topped with crunchy pecans and marshmallows.
This is the Best Green Bean Casserole for your table! It is a traditional holiday staple, yes, but also great any time of the year as a delicious side dish.
This delicious Crockpot Stuffing with Leeks and Sausage is made easier in a slow cooker! The addition of leeks and sausage makes it unique and delicious. Don’t limit this to Thanksgiving fare. It is a great side dish to any meal, any time of the year.
If you really love to have low carb options available, try this Cauliflower Stuffing recipe! It’s an easy, healthy side dish for your next holiday meal! Cauliflower stuffing is a low carb, gluten free recipe that does not lack in flavor. Add this delicious dish to your next Thanksgiving spread!
Tater Tot Hotdish
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 cup green beans frozen
- 1 cup sweet corn frozen
- 21.50 oz cream of mushroom soup 2 cans-10.75 each
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 32 oz tater tots frozen
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease from pan and add salt and pepper to onions and beef.
- Add green beans, corn, soup, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and pour in an even layer into prepared baking dish.
- Top with the tater tots (in a single layer), followed by the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are lightly browned and cheese is melted.