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Beef & Tater Bake Recipe

Beef & Tater Bake Recipe

The entire family will enjoy this heartwarming, all-in-one dinner. Plus, it offers easy cleanup! —Mike Tchou, Pepper Pike, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 cups frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) French-fried onions, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place Tater Tots in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in broccoli, soup, tomato, 3/4 cup French-fried onions, 1/2 cup cheese, milk, garlic powder and pepper; heat through. Pour over Tater Tots.
  • 3. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 261 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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shelltea User ID: 8928973 253793
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"This is my new favorite casserole recipe. Made it exactly like the recipe states and it was tasty and reheated beautifully for leftovers. I love the tator tots in the bottom of the pan, you get more potato flavor and they don't get soggy"

MikeyDWolf User ID: 8852113 247886
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"Great recipe, scrap the broccoli, add mushroom and cream of mushroom soup, trust me."

keela_1221 User ID: 8699703 242480
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Super quick and easy. Also tasted great"

N1chole User ID: 8612157 237114
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"This is quick and a favorite in my house! This also last a couple days for dinners. This helps me with coming home tired from work. Also has wiggle room to add your own vegetables or seasonings. ? 5? From me!"

mswartzbaugh0421 User ID: 8528509 232569
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Definitely liked it, but will leave out the chopped broccoli from now on. Possibly substitute cauliflower or maybe carrots, but not the chopped broccoli."

auloca User ID: 8483595 231194
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"I've made this before and we all loved it! I am new to freezing foods - is this a "freeze-able" recipe?"

Renhandy User ID: 8459548 230115
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"Just made this so simple very tasty and pretty inexpensive such a great idea...thank you."

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 229925
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"My family did not like it or take more than two bites."

rstknasel User ID: 1492587 224019
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"I made this for a potluck. Not good. Bland, salty, and generally unhealthy."

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 217520
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Made this for dinner last night and we all loved it, even our son who's not that fond of ground meat. I made one slight change. When I made my shopping list, I thought the recipe called for frozen broccoli cuts. I don't like the texture of those, so I bought a pound of fresh broccoli crowns instead, planning to cut them up and steam them before adding. When I realized my mistake, I just rough chopped the fresh broccoli, steamed it in the microwave for a few minutes and added it as directed. It turned out delicious. Definitely a keeper!"

ermaty User ID: 7000914 217453
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"We are empty nesters, so I cut the recipe in half. Couldn't find the fried onions at the supermarket, so I eliminated them. The recipe turn out great without them. We had leftovers enough for a second meal, so I served this again as a lunch meal. Tasted great reheated also. Love a recipe that is low in cal but tastes like it is full of calories."

thomas93514 User ID: 975757 216662
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This casserole is to die for! I made it last night and everyone in my family loved it. Very simple to make. I followed the recipe exactly but may have used closer to a cup of cheese in the skillet and also at the end. I found the soup (Campbells) at Vons too, so stores do carry it. Served this with a salad and it was the perfect meal."

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 187830
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"This was great and very easy. I followed the recipe. The tomatoes, broccoli, and French onions were a perfect trio. I cooked real white potatoes and beef night before to save time during our usual evening time crunch."

jameepage User ID: 8073949 145832
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Yummy!! I didn't have cream of broccoli, so I used cream of mushroom. I also added a little extra cheese and some more salt. It was delicious!! My whole family loved it!"

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 117234
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"You can not go wrong with a tater tot bake! I made this with ground turkey and with beef. Both are great! I love the addition of broccoli, great way to kick up the nutrition!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 170792
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"This looked like it would be "okay", but I decided to make it since it had ingredients in it that I had on hand - except for the soup . I couldn't find just plain cream of broccoli soup at the store and substituted a can of broccoli and cheese since I wasn't going to run around wasting gas looking for one ingredient. I also added more garlic powder after tasting it before baking. was a hit! My picky son declared it a "keeper", and a friend who had come for dinner, and is on a diet, finished all that was left! This is one that I will be making again!!"

fab411 User ID: 7324870 188875
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"What do tou think? Could you toss real potato chunks with oil, salt and pepper ; pre bake, and use in place of tater tots?"

jarelling User ID: 6906661 109511
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"My family has been making this for several years and it is a "go to" recipe for company or family gatherings"

sparkee800 User ID: 1797912 174611
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"This was ok. I thought it was quite bland so I had to add salt, more garlic powder, onion powder and more pepper. It was a little better after additions"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 188873
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"Great recipe for the family. I am not a big fan of broccoli so I used cream of mushroom soup and frozen mixed vegetables instead. It turned out great and we will definitely have this again."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 174610
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"I have not as yet made this recipe but I dam well will as soon as I get to the stor. you can put my life on that. [email protected]"

[email protected] User ID: 3864962 109510
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Excellent, the whole family loved it. Definitely make this again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 188871
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I thought for sure the tater tots would be soggy, but after reading all the good reviews, I decided to try the recipe. baking them for 10 minutes obviously helped them from getting mushy.....this is a great casserole and I will make it again!!!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 174609
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"in place of fresh tomato in his comforting dish, will use diced canned tomato, since a family member does not like fresh tomatoes."

LibrarianLizy User ID: 5343261 103128
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"My boyfriend's kids devour this! No one can turn down tator tots. :)

I typically half this recipe with absolutely no problems. Cream of whatever soups will keep for a week or so in the fridge if they are tightly sealed, so it's easy to just use 1/2 the can. If I need to thin it out, a little beef broth helps. I do saute some fresh garlic (and might try fresh onions thanks to a suggestion in the comments!) with the lean ground beef. I also drain off all the grease from the meat. While I've never made it without it, I don't think the tomato is truly essential.
Great easy and kid-friendly meal!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 103127
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"Nice alternative to a traditional beef casserole. I also used fresh onions in the dish instead of the fried onions and just used to the dried to top it off. I used cream of celery reduced fat and 93 % fat reduced beef."

charityfaith3 User ID: 7255149 117232
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"Awesome, its out of this world"

leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 145831
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"This was delicious! Needed a little salt but otherwise perfect."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 174607
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"This was really good. I made a few changes - used 1.5 lb ground beef, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, and substitued the broccoli for corn...and a perhaps a little more cheese. Very Good!"

simpkint User ID: 5507578 186311
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"My family LOVED this recipe. I used it with ground deer meat and used two cans of cream of broccoli. I will definitely make this again."

AuntieA1955 User ID: 5002278 189321
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"Please don't eat "Tater Tots", they are kid napped baby potatoes and some poor mom and pop potatoe are putting their children on missing tots posters in the US Post Office!"

buncogranny User ID: 4511260 188870
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"This sounds interesting, we love broccoli. Like with all recipes involving canned soup I will have to make my own broccoli soup. This may be the tater tot casserole my family will like."

ncnanny77 User ID: 4200432 103126
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"no one really liked the taste, just ok"

Denco24 User ID: 6689112 169241
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"This is a great recipe. Because broccoli isn't one of my favorites, I followed another reviewer's suggestion to sub corn for the broccoli and cream of mushroom soup for the cream of broccoli. It was delicious. It was a big hit at the potluck. Yummy!


jennifer.reynolds921 User ID: 6807311 174606
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"We added some mild chunky salsa to the top of this and my family loved it!"

rebeccalee5 User ID: 857032 128183
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"This was surprisingly good. I've never liked any tater tot casseroles, but pregnancy is making me try some different things. I cannot have dairy so I used my normal alternates and it turned out well."

cheri314 User ID: 5528343 169239
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Very good, I substituted cream of mushroom for cream of broccoli"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 117231
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"That is not bad for fastfood. I would recommend you mix everyting with Tarter Tots instead of pouring over Tater Tots. It seems that the picture shows same."

dkwegner User ID: 6198214 169236
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I used corn instead of broccoli, (husband won't eat anything green)and cream of mushroom soup instead of the other soup. Also added 1/2 onion, chopped, to the ground beef. My husband loved it! He said it was like a "comfort food" that his mother used to make for him. It is true when they say that the way to a man's heart is thru his stomach! Will definitely make this again!"

LovetoCookinCO User ID: 6155844 188865
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Family really enjoyed this meal. It is so quick and we really enjoyed the texture of creamy and crunchy. I did omit the tomato however."

Bobosbo User ID: 6145477 170593
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"good and kids like it!"

CalgaryMomTo3 User ID: 6024905 103125
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This is my comfort food. I love this recipe and know it by heart. TFS!"

mdjacobs User ID: 3399235 109509
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"We loved this recipe for dinner and for leftovers too. The only difference was I used fat-free broccoli cheddar soup instead of cream of broccoli. This is one of our new weeknight favs."

jheinlen User ID: 4129897 169235
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This is great and easy to make! Great to use when making meals for others or having lots of guests for dinner. I did make a few changes as well. I chopped my own onion and minced some fresh garlic and used cream of mushroom soup instead of broccoli. I only had cheddar cheese so I used that and canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh. I will definitely be using this recipe often."

Lynee Lynn User ID: 5843888 109507
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"This casserole was delicious. I did make some changes though. I used Cheddar Cheese soup in place of the Cream of Broccoli, left out the tomatoes and added extra milk to make the meat mixture smoother. I also used Mexican Pepper Jack and Colby cheese which gave it a little kick. My husband and daughter went back for seconds. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe."

-Ladybrinx- User ID: 1043692 105414
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"YUMMM! that's the first thing that comes to mind. I was also skeptical at first, not a huge fan of canned broccoli soup, but it was delicious! My husband and I both enjoyed it, the teens said it was "ok" the two youngest wouldn't even try it because of looks, but I LOVED it. I'll be making it again whether they like it not. It's quick, easy and filling. I left out the tomatoes because my husband doesn't like them."

crystalrp User ID: 47933 119657
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"I was skeptical at first, but this dish was delicious! I omitted the tomato, and subbed green beans in for the broccoli. Three teenage boys and I all loved this! I will make this again very soon. Thanks for a great recipe!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 117229
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"TO DIE FOR!!! i made this for the first time today - used ground bison instead or beef, used mixed frozen veggies instead of broccoli, used cream of mushroom instead of cream of broccoli, and added a 1/4 cup of sour cream to mixture before baking. Perfect comfort food dish on a chilly day."

letseat2 User ID: 2230150 174605
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"Great recipe that leaves everyone in the house happy and content!"

dannyandmandi User ID: 4870853 117228
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"This is the only tater tot casserole I've ever liked. I do make a few changes, I use a whole bag of tater tots and I use 6 roma tomatoes. It is delicious and I just can't stop eating it!"

Mrsbigbig User ID: 1197622 170589
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Been making this recipe for probably 25 yrs now but with cream of mushroom soup. I've always cooked the broccoli before adding it. I also just layer the ground beef, broccoli and tomato...stir the soup, cheese and half the onion and spread it on top. I put tin foil on and bake and about 5 mins before it's done I take off the foil so it can brown a bit. Always a hit with family and friends."

[email protected] User ID: 3154424 170587
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Haven't tried this one yet, but very similar to one my husband and I both love. Made with Crispy Crowns instead of tater tots and Cr. of Celery soup and shredded cheddar cheese. We use half the fr.fried onions & 1 cup of cheese in the beef mixture and reserve the rest. After baking, uncover and put the rest of fr.fried onions and cheddar cheese on top and put back in the oven til cheese melts and onions brown a little. Yummy, Yummy."

dewdlbg User ID: 1011414 169233
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"back in the '70's my mom made a version of this...ground beef with onion on bottom, string beans on top of that, tater tots on top of that and then cream of mushroom (undiluted) spread on top of that...always loved that dish and still make it today with my modifications"

noodlesaway User ID: 5656407 187823
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

" Thank you,I can get that by him.

rdbiles User ID: 4517539 189319
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"One modification would be to add mixed vegetables and use a Fiesta Cheese soup and tortilla chips instead of fried onions."

noodlesaway User ID: 5656407 109506
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I would like to make this - but my husband is not a lover of broccoli . Can someone give me a hint on something to use instead?"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 117227
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Apparently I have tough critics in my house. My family didn't care for it but I loved it. Since I'm the one who made it, I'm giving it 5 stars. Based on what others wrote, I cooked the broccoli before I added it and I used broccoli cheese soup instead of the cream of broccoli. Next time I think I might leave the tomatoes out. It was deilcious. I kept going back for more. Can't wait to have leftovers for lunch today."

Digby User ID: 779794 186307
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"The grandchildren loved it. At last, a kid pleaser! easy and cheesy -"

jeninpa User ID: 5747181 105411
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"I got this recipe out of a Campbells soup recipe book over 10yrs ago. Interesting how someone can add garlic powder & not say the "condensed soup" is Campbells & put it in a magazine. Also the original recipe calls for cream of mushroom. I don't like mushrooms but this is one of my favorite meals!"

[email protected] User ID: 1896982 186291
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010


kaismia User ID: 5467893 119655
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"I thought this recipe was great and very very easy. I added extra of everything. My husband doesnt usually like stuff like this and he loved it. My 3 children also loved it as well. It had a great taste and not very much to do."

keakathleen User ID: 616488 188864
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"I thought this recipe was stellar!"

ccccmurphy User ID: 5480752 174604
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"Very yummy"

powersport_girl User ID: 4027967 187817
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"This is really a good one. My daughter even liked and she is not a good eater. I left our the french-fried onions and put in real ones."

SallyKFish User ID: 4790971 119654
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"DELICIOUS recipe! both kids and adults will love it! can't wait to make it again!"

hunter2 User ID: 2512946 174603
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"Very good, we both liked the taste and I well make this recipe again."

ldray18 User ID: 2818944 189318
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"YUM! Used broc chz soup instead of cream of broc and cheddar french fried onions. Oh -- and mozz instead of Colby-Jack chz. And it was delicious!!!"

zorrarojo User ID: 1052662 188863
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"this wonderful- easy and delicious"

JKES User ID: 4927111 189317
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

""I didnt make it with the fried-onions, I just added a few finely chopped fresh onions into the meat and it was still good. My husband and 2yr old LOVED IT!"

kramsgirl User ID: 3374384 186290
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Great taste but I think next time I will cook the broccoli before adding."

alichaandharley User ID: 3844000 188862
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Very good...It made alot and it reheated nicley. I will make again."

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