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Easy Tater Tot Casserole

Need an easy tater tot recipe? Try this Easy Tater Tot Casserole for an easy, delicious meal the whole family will absolutely love.

You know we’ve all been there — those nights where we have no idea where the day went and there are multiple sets of big eyes staring up with that famished look on their faces. On nights like that, I often go for a tried and true, quick and easy recipe like this Easy Tater Tot Casserole.

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Easy Tater Tot Recipe

I like recipes like this Easy Tater Tot Casserole, because I always have the ingredients on hand and I can make a meal the whole family will love without much effort and time. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s one of those cozy, comforting meals either. You know, those meals that warm you up from the inside — YUM!

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This Easy Tater Tot Casserole doesn’t take much effort at all, just a bit of patience as you wait for it to get done!

There are so many different tater tot casserole recipes and there’s good reason why. Tater tots are so versatile and so dang good. You can also try this Chicken Pot Pie Tater Tot Casserole or this Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole.

how to make tater tot casseroleWhat I really love about this Easy Tater Tot Casserole is you can pretty much do whatever you want with it. Add different spices, use beef, add green beans…the possibilities are endless with this one.

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Although I use ground turkey in this recipe for Tater Tot Casserole, using ground beef, ground chicken, or even ground pork can be used instead.

Learning how to make Tater Tot Casserole is really just a preference of flavor. Feel free to add the flavors you like to make it your own Tater Tot Casserole.

Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Easy Tater Tot Casserole
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Serves: 6
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup diced onion (I use frozen to make it easier.)
  • 1 pkg (32 oz) tater tots
  • 1 can (10 oz) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10 oz) cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to sprinkle on top
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. While oven is preheating, brown ground turkey and onion; drain.
  2. Grease a 9x13 inch-baking dish. Transfer turkey and onion mixture to baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream soups (undiluted), cheese, garlic salt and black pepper. Once thoroughly combined, toss in tater tots and coat evenly.
  4. Transfer coated tater tots to the baking dish and place on top of turkey and onion mixture.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top begins to brown slightly.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    One of my fave casseroles ever! Yours is different than mine a little bit. I only use one soup. I’m gonna try yours!

  2. 2

    Oh, I love easy! I’ve never made this before, but it’s on my list now!

  3. 3

    Mm, this sounds really good and a little bit different! Pinning it!

  4. 4

    LOL – I keep thinking that it would be difficult to justify making this for 2 adults….while the other side of me says…YUM. Think I should try it.

    • 5
      Adrienne says:

      Try dividing it up into loaf pans. I’ve found that loaf pan sized casseroles are perfect for 2 people.

    • 6

      darn, it’s just me, these days
      i want to make it
      i know, i will invite over a few neighbors
      (yes) i live in a senior condo in florida
      yep gonna keep this one

  5. 7

    Looks delicious!

  6. 8

    This looks so good. I will be trying this out for the kids. Umm maybe me also. I love tater tots.

  7. 9

    pass me a fork, this looks yummy!

  8. 10

    I will be buying tater tots tomorrow at the grocery store. I think my family would love this. 🙂

  9. 11

    It looks incredible!!

  10. 12

    You know what I have never made Tater To casserole.. My daughter makes it and loves it, this looks like something to try!

  11. 13

    I’ve never made a Tater Tot casserole before but this looks delicious! I bet my kids would love it.

  12. 14

    I love tater tots but I’ve never made a casserole.. looks so good!

  13. 15

    This is so creative! I never would have come up with something like this.

  14. 16

    I had never heard of this until someone mentioned this to me around Christmas. Sounds and looks really good! Might have to try it sometime.

  15. 17

    I like using cream of onion soup instead of mushroom or the cheese soup works great too. I also always add a vegetable usually mixed vegetables.

  16. 18

    This looks so yummy and easy. I will have to give it a try!

  17. 19

    Crystal, the looks so tasty!!

  18. 20

    we love meals like this all in one and so yummy come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  19. 21

    We love this! It has become one of my go-to dinners at least twice a month. Last week I switched it up a bit and made a breakfast version of it. I browned a pound of Tennesee Pride mild sausage, scrambled 11 eggs (I had already used one in the dozen lol) and used the cheese and the onion the same as above, I didn’t use the soups though. I layered it all together and it was a big hit.

  20. 22

    Mmm…this sounds good.

  21. 23

    Love tater tot casserole and its easy to make when you don’t feel like cooking

  22. 24

    I’m trying this tonight, and I’m assuming you don’t have to thaw out the tots first?? Can’t wait to try it!!!

  23. 26

    We have an easy tater tot casserole we do quite often well did until our oven went out, however now that we have another one I am sure it will be making it’s appearance again LOL.

  24. 27

    I’ve never made a tater tot casserole before. We all love tater tots though so I am definitely book marking this recipe

  25. 28

    What are tater tots? Is that a brand name or is there another name for them?

    • 29

      Hi. Tater tots are delicious. According to Wikipedia, they are a form of hash browns, a side dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. They come in a cylindrical form and can be eaten for any meal really.

  26. 30

    We live in South Africa – jhb- wht are tater tots? Recipi looks super Intersting and yummy .
    R they some kind of baby patatoes ?

    • 31

      Tater tots are delicious. According to Wikipedia, they are a form of hash browns, a side dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. They come in a cylindrical form and can be eaten for any meal really.

  27. 32

    We use ground beef, this recipe is a favorite of the LDS missionaires, and has been in our family for over 20 years.

  28. 33

    I make this on occasion, adding a head of chopped broccoli makes it extra tasty.

  29. 34

    Oh my goodness! The first time in FOREVER, that everyone agreed on something they like! I didn’t have to make any PB & J tonight for the picky ones! I made just a couple of changes, I didn’t have ground turkey, so I used ground beef. I also added about 1/2 c of sour cream and topped with French’s fried onions. This is going on the repeat menu!

  30. 36

    Really odd that no one mentions The Duggars. Their tator tot casserole is famous, although the recipe is even more simple than this.

  31. 37

    This was delicious! I subbed ground pork sausage for the ground turkey! 🙂


  32. 39

    I just made this recipe tonight for the kids and I! Wow, this was delicious! My poor hubby missed out since he is at work. I had never even heard of Tater Tot Casserole before this! This is a keeper for sure.

  33. 41

    We do a similar but easier base recipe of 1 lb raw ground beef crumbled into a 9×13 dish. 1 can cream of mushroom soup on top of that, 1 bag tots on top and cook. Dont need to brown the beef. I started adding sliced mushrooms on top of the soup as well. Salt and peeper to taste……mmmm good.

  34. 43

    I mentioned your recipe in my blog post today about meal planning and am making your recipe for supper tonight. Thank you so much!

  35. 45

    Do you know if this freezes to make ahead?


  36. 48

    I’m making this tonight for dinner! YUM!!

  37. 50

    Do I defrost the Tator tots first or cook them frozen??

  38. 52
    Debbie Pollak says:

    Is the parsley fresh or dry?

  39. 54

    Looks delicious and sounds delicious. Going to try this tonight!!!

  40. 55
    Prairie Gal Cookin says:

    This looks so yummy and your pictures are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

  41. 56
    Christine Titus says:

    You weren’t kidding when you named this recipe. It really is easy. Goes together so quick. My kids and picky husband absolutely loved it. They all raved about it. I used ground beef in place of the ground turkey, but otherwise kept it exactly as it reads. It comes out so cheesy and creamy. Absolute delicious! My son (8 years old) says to me, “Mom, I am not even kidding right now. This… is… famous food!” Well ok.. this recipe is a keeper!

  42. 57
    GingerWatson says:

    Looks so good can’t wait to try this

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