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Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

This was a family favorite in my (Jill’s) family growing up. It’s not the healthiest, but certainly makes for an easy and cheap dish when you’re trying to feed a crowd.

Makes two 9×13″ pans or one large industrial pan

2 lbs ground turkey (seasoned with onion powder, salt and pepper when cooking)

3 (2lb) bags tater tots

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk (or 3 cups milk)

Brown meat with seasonings then drain off excess liquid. Place meat in the bottom of large casserole dish. Cover with tater tots. Mix soup and milk together and pour over top of tater tots. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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  1. Lisa Bashaw

    As a mom of 6 I love this recipe. I ahree it’s quick & easy and feeds a lot. I add a veggie & shredded cheese to mine

  2. Regina Shea

    Thank you Jill. I made this after we first learned about your family when your mama was expecting Jackson. I haven’t made it in awhile and i want to figure out how to make it healthier due to my hubby having a heart attack.
    I want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and the same to all your readers who are mothers or mother figures.

    • Jean

      Regina, roast a turkey breast that was not brined. Mash some unsalted potatoes without butter or milk (use some reserved potato cooking liquid). If you need flavor, use poultry seasoning or thyme on the turkey, and pepper or fresh snipped chives on the potatoes. Voila, the start of a meal that is infinitely heart healthier than anything with Tater Tots and canned soups. It’s hard to believe this recipe is still being shared!

      • Regina Shea

        Thank you Jean for your suggestion. Actually I realized I can use the Healthy Request version of the soups and instead of salt I can use Braggs Seasoning. I can still use the tater tots or even use brown rice.
        I like Jill’s suggestion that you can use milk instead of instead of evaporated milk. This is a great recipe that can easily be tweaked to suit your family’s tastes. Unfortunately my daughters have developed a disdain towards mushrooms so I will have to substitute something else for the mushroom soup.
        God bless!

        • Genevea

          I am severely allergic to mushrooms. I use cream of celery instead. Very tasty. I just need to figure out how to make it for 1, since I am alone now. Does this freeze well?

          • Derick & Jill

            Yes! Feel free to substitute other condensed soups for cream of mushroom. I have used cream of chicken with the cream of mushroom before and it still tasted delicious! -Jill

  3. Leigh

    I think I will try this! I make condensed soups from scratch so it does cut down on the harmful stuff. Thanks for sharing Jill! ☺

  4. Courtney

    Can you substitute the ground turkey for ground beef?

    • Derick & Jill

      Yes! Just make sure you drain the fat off after cooking it. Ground beef has a lot more grease than ground turkey. 🙂

  5. Sarah

    We’re expecting our 3rd LO in September. Over the next couple of months, I’m prepping several week’s worth of frozen crockpot and casserole dinners so I can spend September cuddling and nursing our newest addition. I’m adding a few recipes from your site to my meal prepping. Thanks for sharing them! 🙂

    • Derick & Jill

      Sarah, Aww! Congrats! I hope everything goes well for you!

  6. Lynne

    Hello Jill, can you substitute the mushroom soup for another creamed soup? For smaller portions can I just half the recipe?

    • Derick & Jill

      Absolutely! Half it to fill one 9×13″ pan and use whatever creamed condensed soup your family prefers. It will change the flavor a little, but it will still taste great and give the same consistency.

  7. Michele

    This is a staple here in Minnesota. Throw some veggies in there (I use canned in the winter), like corn, green beans, peas and/or carrots. I put my seasoning in the sauce, not on the taters and put the taters on top, the very last thing. The taters will get crispy and brown.

    • Derick & Jill

      Nice! 🙂

  8. Keila

    I made this the other day just the way you instructed, except I used chopped onions instead of onion powder, and I added shredded cheese. It was so delicious!!!

  9. Taressa

    Their recipe doesn’t sound very appetizing at all to me (no offense Jill). The thought of pouring the soup mixture all over the top of the tater tots results in a mushy mess.

    My kids really liked when I made it when the were younger. Some of you may find my recipe a bit more appealing.

    Tater Tot Casserole
    (by Reesah)

    1lb Ground Beef
    1 bag Frozen Tater Tots
    1/2 Chopped Onion (Optional)
    1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    Shredded Cheese

    Brown ground beef & onion, then drain fat. Mix soup & ground beef together, heat until warm. Spray 9 × 12 baking dish w/non-stick spray. Pour meat & soup mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle grated cheese all over the top. Add tater tots on top of cheese. Bake at 425°, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let set about 10 minutes. Serves 4-6 people.

    It’s much better with cheese & when the tater tots are golden brown & crispy


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