If you're looking for a hearty, crowd pleasing meal that's ridiculously easy to put together, the Duggars Tater Tot Casserole recipe totally fits the bill!
You know The Duggars as a lovable giant family with their very own reality show. But did you also know this ever-expanding clan can cook?
The Duggars Tater Tot casserole recipe is a family favorite and preparation is crazy simple - first you brown the meat, cover it with Tater Tots
then pour over a mixture of soup and evaporated milk.
The result? Layers of delicious flavor that the whole family will love. And best of all, the entire meal cooks in one dish, which means clean-up is quick and easy too!
Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients
To make the Duggars tater tot casserole recipe you will need:
Frozen Tater Tots
Cream of chicken soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Tips for making the PERFECT Tater Tot Casserole
Honestly, this is such an easy recipe to make that it's hard to go wrong! But we have a few hints for making your casserole extra special, or for customizing it to suit your family!
To make this tater tot casserole recipe, we suggest using a good quality lean ground beef. That said, you don't necessarily have to stick to ground beef - ground pork, chicken
and turkey all work well, too.
Boost the Flavor
For a more robust flavor, add diced onion and garlic when browning the beef. For an even bigger pop of flavor, throw some Worcestershire sauce in there too!
Like it a little spicy? Mixing a packet of taco seasoning with the meat is a great way to put a flavorful spin on this dish!
Add Some Veggies
There are no rules here, so feel free to throw in whatever your family enjoys! We find that green beans
work well and so does canned corn - in fact, if you use the taco seasoning to flavor the meat, canned corn really helps bring that Mexican flavor to the dish!
Just about any cooked vegetables (or frozen veggies, thawed first) will do!
Make it Cheesy
To add some gooey deliciousness to this casserole, you can include a layer of cheese. You can either add it after the soup (but before the Tater Tots), or you can sprinkle it right on the top.
The only issue with putting the cheese right on top of the Tater Tots is that they won't crisp up as much. Try it both ways and see what you prefer!
You can use regular cheddar, or - if you're going for that Mexican flavor - try a nice shredded taco cheese or spicy pepperjack instead.
Make a Vegetarian Tater Tot Casserole
You could easily make this a vegetarian Tater Tot casserole by swapping the meat for a bean-based vegetarian chili
instead. How delicious would that be?
Other options include using a plant-based ground beef alternative, which tastes particularly delicious when browned up with taco seasoning.
How to Make The Duggars Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Brown the ground beef by first adding it to a large skillet. Use a spatula to break it up as it's cooking
Season with salt and black pepper to taste, continuing to cook until browned through
Depending on your ground meat, if there is a lot of fat and grease left after cooking, carefully drain off the fat, being careful not to burn yourself
Add cooked ground beef to the bottom of a 9x12 baking sheet
Cover the ground beef with Tater Tots
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together milk, Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom soups until well combined
Pour the soup mixture over top of the Tater Tots and ground beef
Bake at 350° for 45 - 60 minutes until the Tater Tots are nice and crispy and the mixture is bubbling
How to Make Tater Tot Casserole Ahead
You can assemble your casserole
up to 24 hours ahead and refrigerate it until you need to cook it.
Another option is to freeze it. The best option is to freeze it unbaked - follow all the steps in the recipe, then once you've added the soup, cover the dish and put it in the freezer.
Remove it from the freezer 24 hours before you plan to serve your casserole and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.
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