Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 26, 2023
This sloppy joe Tater Tot casserole is an easy dinner for both you and the kids. Serve with carrot and celery sticks for a fuss-free feast. You can also stir in some spicy brown mustard if the adults want more zing. —Laura Wilhelm, West Hollywood, California
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  1. Place half of the Tater Tots in bottom of a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in the next 8 ingredients; reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Place beef mixture in slow cooker; top with remaining Tater Tots. Cook, covered, on low 4 hours.
  3. Top with cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes before serving.
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole Tips

How else can you cook sloppy joe Tater Tot casserole?

To make a baked sloppy joe Tater Tot casserole, put the meat mixture in a greased 3-1/2-qt. baking dish, lasagna pan or regular 13x9-in. dish. Place all of the Tater Tots on top. (The 13x9-in. dish will be full.) Bake the casserole at 400°F until bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes.

What can you serve with sloppy joe Tater Tot casserole?

Green salad, sliced cucumbers, or a colorful crudités platter are all healthy, nutritious ways to round out the meal with vegetables. Looking to get your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Our dietitian’s guide can help you work on instilling healthy eating habits for kids.

How long will leftovers of sloppy joe Tater Tot casserole last?

Cover and refrigerate the cooled casserole for up to 4 days. Or, freeze individual portions for up to 3 months. Want more kid-friendly casseroles to make in the oven? Check out our bacon cheeseburger Tater Tot bake for a fun take on the family favorite.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 466 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1332mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein.