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Tater Beef Bake

I combined two childhood classics—sloppy joes and Tater Tots—to create this home-style dinner that will keep your youngsters coming back for more. —Karla Wiederholt, Cuba City, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 envelopes sloppy joe mix
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3-1/2 cups frozen cut green beans
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 6 cups frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and sloppy joe mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until thickened. Add tomato paste; stir until blended. Add green beans and mushrooms.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with Tater Tots. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.

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  • petieb
    Jan 15, 2020

    Followed directions and would not change a thing. It was so delicious and my friends loved it too!!!

  • BilliePock
    Sep 16, 2017

    I made this for my grandkids when they were here. They loved it. I served cheesy biscuits with it.

  • ryanswife
    May 13, 2016

    My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. The only thing I would change would be the amount of green beans to 2 cups. Other than that, it was very good.

  • vem66
    Apr 1, 2016

    its vary good I will make it again.

  • thebigapple
    Dec 27, 2015

    I've made this recipe twice now and really like it.It's easy to prepare and tasty.The second time I didn't have tomato paste and used a small can of crushes tomatoes instead and it came out fine. I also substituted a bag of mixed vegetables for the green beans.

  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 17, 2015

    This was just ok to us. We weren't fans of the sloppy joe mix with the tomato paste. It tasted off to us. I also added in mixed vegetables instead of just green beans, and those tasted fine. I did let it sit in the warm meat mixture for a bit before putting it in the oven, so I think that stopped the vegetables from staying too crispy. I added a bit of extra cheese, like a previous reviewer, below the tater tots. The tater tots weren't crispy, they came out a bit soft, but not mushy. If I try this recipe again, I will try to cut back on the tomato and see if that helps balance out the taste. Otherwise, it was a quick, inexpensive, easy meal!

  • dawnrosanne
    Oct 20, 2015

    Great to do the sloppy joe mix instead of gloppy soup!

  • Roxane44
    Nov 13, 2014

    Made this last night and my entire family loved it! Easy to prepare, and very filling. I made two changes: I added 1 cup of cheese (in addition to the cup that goes on top of the tater tots in last 10 minutes of baking time) to the beef mixture just before putting it into the pan to bake, and I baked it on 375 (so that I could bake it at the same time I baked "Cracked Pepper Cheddar Muffins" - another Taste of Home recipe that can be found on this site). Other than that, I made this exactly as directed. Everyone in my family loved the savory flavor, hearty texture, and overall look of it. The tater tots were nice and crispy, and the green beans were fully cooked without being "mushy" or making the casserole watery. I love it that you don't have to thaw the green beans beforehand. Thank you , Taste of Home, for this great family casserole recipe!! HELPFUL TIP: I found that the 3-1/2 c. frozen cut green beans equals 1 16-oz bag, and the 6 cups of frozen tater tots equals 1 32-oz bag. Also - this can be made using potato "crowns" (similar to tater tots, but flatter) in lieu of tater tots.

  • jtwork
    Feb 15, 2012

    The tots were mushy. The greenbeans did not work for me.

  • jeansavitts
    Oct 5, 2011

    I used a can of sloppy joe mix and canned peas.Also only had french fries so just used them. I did not have any leftovers! Great meal!!