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The Best Tater Tot Casserole

I love me a good tater tot casserole, who doesn’t, and this one does not disappoint! It has a bit of a Shepherd’s Pie feel to it…which I jokingly say to myself that it’s “shepherds pie-esque”… I know, I’m such a dork sometimes. This is such a hearty meal that it’s perfect for the colder months.  I realized the other day that I hadn’t shared one of my original recipes in a while, so I thought that I would share my personal recipe for The Best Tater Tot Casserole with you.

About this recipe

My kids are sometimes picky about eating their vegetables so I like to hide them in the main dish so that it tricks them into eating them…aren’t I just a mean and sneaky mom…? Lol. 

Oh well, at least I know they are at least getting some of the nutrition that their growing bodies need.

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Anyway, I got the recipe, that I based it on, from Linda Millet in the good ‘ol family cookbook. Let’s just jump right in and I will show you guys how to make it and then the recipe card is down towards the bottom of the post.

Here are all of the ingredients laid out.

You start out by browning and chunking up the ground beef.

Then add the mushrooms

Slice your onion.

Then add them and a little water to keep the meat moist while the onions cook.

Next add your greenbeans… I use frozen so they have to cook a little.

Next add your sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, and water.

Mix well.

In a large greased casserole dish, add your tots.

Then evenly spread the meat mixture on top. Put in the oven.

When it’s done, it’s ready to add the cheese.

Spread it evenly.

Put it back in the oven for five minutes and it comes out gooey and delicious!

I like to wait a few minutes to serve and usually pair it with a nice green salad.

Recipe card found here

The best tater tot casserole recipe

Yield: 12 Servings


  • 1 LB Hamburger (browned)
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Can Mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Granules
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 to 5 cups Green Beans
  • 2 LB Bag of Tater Tots
  • 1&1/2 to 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  1. In a large pan, brown and chunk the hamburger.
  2. Then add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and salt. Cook (medium heat) until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add water as needed to keep the meat moist while the onions are cooking.
  4. Then add the sour cream, cream of mushroom, water, and green beans. Stir well. If using frozen green beans cook for a couple of minutes until they are pliable.
  5. Grease a large, deep, casserole dish and line the bottom with tater tots.
  6. Pour the meat mixture evenly over the tater tots.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, uncovered, or until the center bubbles.
  8. Add Grated Cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit for five to ten minutes before serving.

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We are crazy about it at my house! I forgot to mention that you could just mix everything into your skillet and throw your skillet in the oven (if it’s oven safe), so that you have less dishes when you make it. Score!

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