Best Ever Tater Tot Casserole
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Absolutely delicious and comforting Tater Tot Casserole, stuffed with veggies, piled high with cheese, and a surprise secret ingredient that makes it perfect!
Author:
Recipe type: Casserole
Cuisine: Dinner
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 or 1½ pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 large stalk of celery, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 small zucchini or 4 ounces of mushrooms, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 medium potato, finely chopped or grated.
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1 12 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tater tots (1 regular size bag)
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar or Colby jack cheese
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, with a grater or your favorite knife, very finely chop the carrots, celery, onion, potato, zucchini, or mushrooms, so they will just be tiny specs when cooked.
  2. In a large sauté pan, add the ground beef and tiny veggie specs. Cook until ground beef is browned and veggies are tender. Generously salt and pepper while it is cooking--at least ¾-1 tsp salt and about ⅛ tsp pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Put frozen green beans in the bottom of a 9x13 pan and place in the preheating oven for 4-5 minutes (set a timer) to help the green beans defrost. By doing this step, the green beans will cook more evenly.
  5. Once beef and veggies are ready, add the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and ketchup. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour mixture over the defrosted green beans in the bottom of the 9x13 dish.
  7. Put a layer of tater tots over the meat/veggie mixture.
  8. Place in the 350-degree oven uncovered for 45 minutes.
  9. Take casserole out and cover with the two cups of shredded cheese.
  10. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted to your preference.
  11. Once the cheese is browned, the casserole is ready to serve.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at https://reallifedinner.com/best-ever-tater-tot-casserole/