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Tater Beef Bake Recipe

Tater Beef Bake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 431 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1356mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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ryanswife User ID: 2152282 248201
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4873417 246426
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"its vary good I will make it again."

thebigapple User ID: 8031442 240369
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6612040 239621
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1014810 235314
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

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

Roxane44 User ID: 7171683 66672
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6533382 100249
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

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

jeansavitts User ID: 3625621 161671
Reviewed 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!!"

SarahFay User ID: 6156375 66670
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"It did not take much effort to make this dish but it came out pretty good, only con was way too many green beans, and since they were frozen they came out too crunchy. Next time I think i'll try canned beans rather than frozen."

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