Easy Tater Tot® Casserole

Get ready for some delectable nostalgia with this Easy Tater Tot® Casserole recipe. If your mom and dad used to serve casseroles, there’s a good chance you grew up with some version of this one. Easy to prep with ingredients from the freezer and pantry like ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and of course — the tots!

Easy Tater Tot® Casserole

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With the simplicity of the recipe and the readily available ingredients from my freezer and pantry, I quickly assembled the casserole. The familiar aroma of ground beef cooking mingled with the creamy mushroom soup, creating a tantalizing scent that filled my kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • (26.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

  • (16 ounce) package frozen bite-size potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 pinch paprika, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried parsley flakes, or to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Cook and stir ground beef, onion, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes. Spread beef into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Stir cream of mushroom soup, potato nuggets, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl until potato nuggets are evenly coated in soup and cheese. Spread potato nugget mixture over beef mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle paprika and parsley flakes over the top.

I couldn’t help but feel a surge of nostalgia as I embarked on preparing this Easy Tater Tot® Casserole. The mere mention of casseroles instantly transported me back to my childhood, where cozy family dinners were accompanied by comforting and delicious dishes like this one.

As I layered the tots on top and sprinkled them with cheese, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of anticipation. Memories of sitting around the dinner table with loved ones, eagerly awaiting the first bite of a comforting casserole, flooded my mind.

Finally, the casserole emerged from the oven, golden and bubbling. The sight alone was enough to make my mouth water. I served generous portions to my family, and we gathered around the table, ready to savor the taste of home.

With each forkful, I was transported back to those cherished moments, surrounded by warmth, laughter, and the unmistakable flavors of childhood. The combination of the crispy tots, savory beef, and creamy sauce created a harmony of textures and tastes that brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

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