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...
If you're looking for a hearty, satisfying meal that's ridiculously easy to put together, then the Duggars Tater Tot Casserole totally fits the bill!
Preparation is crazy simple - you just need to 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!
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!
Use good quality lean ground beef. But you don't have to stick to beef - ground pork, chicken
and turkey all work well too. You could even make a vegetarian version by swapping the meat for a bean-based vegetarian chili
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 an interesting 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!
But 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 us so 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, spicy pepperjack instead.
A make-ahead meal
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. Take it out 24 hours before you need it and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.
Casseroles are not just for dinner!
Try this yummy breakfast casserole and see!