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tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

  • Author: Whitney Ingram
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


If you are looking for a tater tot casserole using whole ingredients, today is your lucky day! Simple ingredients can make magic!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon or beef base
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
  • 2 pounds frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 bunch green onion, diced


  1. Set oven to 400 degrees F. Set a 9×13 inch pan aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add 6 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted, stir in flour. Stir until combined. Whisk in half of the milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Once thick, add the other half of the milk and the beef bouillon. Whisk constantly until the mixture is thickened and creamy. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute until onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Add ground beef and saute breaking up with a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Saute until beef is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. Once the beef is cooked, add frozen vegetables and cream sauce. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Pour mixture into the 9×13 inch pan. Top with frozen tater tots and shredded cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly and the tater tots are lightly browned. Garnish with green onion.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Category: bakes and casseroles

Keywords: bakes and casseroles, beef