Quick Tater Tot Bake Recipe
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Quick Tater Tot Bake Recipe

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I like to make this dish when time before supper is short. It serves two to three people, but if we have unexpected company I double the ingredients and use a 9-in. x 13-in. pan. The I call it my "Please Stay Casserole"!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:2-3 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 2-3 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 Tot potatoes
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2/3 cup milk or water
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 740 calories, 46 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 1634 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 38 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with potatoes. Combine soup and milk; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2-3 servings.
Originally published as Quick Tater Tot Bake in Reminisce January/February 1992, p35

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Used Sharir7209's "tweaks" - the golden mushroom soup and cream of celery soup made it very flavorful. Great easy comfort food for a cold winter night!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"I have been looking for a tater tot casserole recipe and found this. Gave it a try and was a little disappointed. I followed the recipe except put the cheese on during the last 15-20 minutes of cooking. It wasn't bad but it seemed like something was missing. Had it the next day as leftover and thought it was better than out of oven."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"We have had a much loved similar recipe for years (we = my sister found it, shared it with me). The only part we cannot remember is the actual name and origin of the recipe! Our "Tater Tot Casserole Bake Thingy" is similar, but the serving count is larger, we use 32 oz. bag of tater tots and closer to 2lbs of ground beef, but that's due to the number of people eating. The real difference is, we use 2 different soups - Golden Mushroom and Cream of Celery; adding one "can full" of milk, so 2:1 ratio soup to milk. We don't add the cheese topping until last 15 minutes of baking time...and then put a dish of sour cream on the side for everyone to add a big spoonful to the top of their portion. This is one of our favorite easy-peasy weeknight/rainy-cold night/comfort food suppers."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"so easy and tasty, quick as a snap to make and easy to make larger amounts"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"I adjusted this a bit to accommodate what I had on hand. In a skillet I cooked carrots and cut up pearl onions. Then  I added in minced garlic clove and 1 cup of cooked beef tenderloin from a previous meal, cooking until the carrots were tender.  I followed the rest of the directions as written. What a dish, my kids loved it."

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