Anyone from the American Midwest is familiar with tater tot casserole. This creamy dish is the perfect addition to your comfort foods catalog to effectively battle those winter blues. We'll share why you have to try this meal, the ultimate tater tot casserole recipe, plus some fun tweaks to customize it to your tastes.
We can't quite explain why we love a classic hot dish so much, but we will sure try! It starts with the terrific texture of crispy tater tots. Then cream of mushroom soup adds a delicious smoothness, while Worcestershire sauce provides a savory punch of flavor and green beans contribute a bit of sweetness and freshness. And finally, the ultimate decadence of yummy melted cheese brings this casserole together in a winning fashion. Plus, this is an easy dish to make that heats up really well for satisfying leftovers and requires little active cooking time.
Begin by preheating oven to 375 degrees and cover baking dish with light layer of non-stick cooking spray. Prep by dicing onion and garlic.
Warm skillet to medium-high heat. Add beef to brown, stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes. Add diced onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Then add garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute.
At this time, stir in Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Then, place mixture into greased baking dish. Add can of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and shredded cheddar. Finally, top with the tater tots.
Bake casserole for 40 minutes or until tots are golden brown and cheese has melted. Carefully remove from oven and enjoy.
1/2 an onion may be used without any tweaks to recipe if a whole onion is not available; the same may be applied to using canned corn instead of canned green beans. Additionally, cream of chicken soup can be used in place of cream of mushroom soup.
Now that we've mastered a classic version of tater tot casserole, let's discuss some inventive tweaks to customize this meal to your tastes. There's so much you can do with it!
Overall, we hope you've enjoyed our recipe and tips for classic tater tot casserole. Happy cooking!