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Quick Tater Tots Bake

I like to make this dish when time before supper is short. If we have unexpected company, I just double the ingredients and use a 13x9-in. pan. I call it my Please Stay Casserole! —Jean Ferguson, Elverta, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3/4 to 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk or water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with Tater Tots. Combine soup and milk; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until heated through.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sharp cheddar cheese has been aged longer than regular cheddar. As cheese ages, its flavor becomes more pronounced. Using aged cheese in a recipe can add complexity and rich flavor, even to humble favorites like mac ’n’ cheese.
  • Using lean ground beef instead of beef that’s 80% lean saves 45 calories per 4-ounce serving of beef. Lean ground beef is also 29% lower in saturated fat.
  • Check out our top 10 tater tot recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 570 calories, 35g fat (12g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 1357mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.


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    • Nancy
      Jan 23, 2021

      I just made this. It was very good even though I forgot to add onions. I did add onion powder. Very easy to make!!

    • Simone
      Nov 22, 2020

      I'm 43 and today I made tater tot casserole for the first time! I was attracted to this particular recipe because of all the cheese on top. It was good! Tots did not get crispy though! I'm thinking next time pour the soup mix over the ground beef and put the tots on top. Possibly wait to add the shredded cheese also. All in all though, pretty good!

    • Annie
      Nov 11, 2020

      It was quick and easy. I added a few more veggies just because that's what I like. My 9 year old had 3 helpings. That never happens!

    • Queenlalisa
      Nov 9, 2020

      This was a great quick casserole fir dinner. I did add a little onion and garlic powder.

    • MrsB
      Sep 22, 2020

      My family loved this meal. It was super easy. Great for a busy weeknight dinner. I followed the recipe exactly and still they loved it.

    • Elaine
      Sep 19, 2020

      I haven't made the recipe yet, but want to suggest that when we are asked about printing the recipe, why don't you allow for "Tips" to be included as well as "Picture" and "Nutritional Facts". I love the times and have to make a note to add them by hand when I print the recipe. The tips are always good.

    • Sally
      Jun 5, 2020

      I have always loved tater tots and the casseroles that are created with them, and this was very good, although a little too salty. Made this many times, but after the first try I switched to low-salt soup and changed up the layering a bit -- after the beef layer I poured the soup mixture, then cheese, then finally topped it with the tater tots. They got deliciously browned and we liked it much better. I also added frozen green beans, and then it became more of a meal. =)

    • Nancy
      Jun 5, 2020

      We love this one, but we put the soup on top of the meat/onion, then the cheese and top with tater tots so they are crispy. I also bake it for 45-50min. We omit the salt because the soup and cheese have plenty of sodium.

    • vstern
      Apr 16, 2020

      I agree with carrieberry4chad, add some mixed vegetables to this, a d it makes a great meal!

    • Barbara
      Apr 8, 2020

      Easy. Love it. I put left over corn i had and used half and half, and cream of celery yummo. Thanks for the recipe. Barbara coyle from tx.