Lately, we have been having more and more busy afternoons and evenings. My husband got a promotion at work, which is fabulous news, but it has resulted in a heavier workload and longer hours for him. Couple that with my kids being a children's theater musical production, taking piano lessons and practicing for a school variety show, and you can see how our family time has lessened. We have had to eat on-the-go more or eat separately. This has been hard for me, as one of the things I have always tried to do as a parent is to connect over meals. Recently on a weekend, I decided it was time to sit down all together and catch up and connect with a home-cooked meal. I made a hamburger tater tot casserole since I knew it was something easy and delicious that the whole family would love. It is also one of the best ground beef recipes I know! Be sure to also check out our Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders.
Why this ground beef tater tot casserole is a crowd pleaser
This ground beef tater tot casserole is an easy dinner recipe that takes less than hour from start to finish, so it is perfect for those busy nights when you want to get a warm meal on the table for your family.
This easy tater tot casserole recipe combines lots of popular flavors and simple ingredients making it a dish the entire family will enjoy.
- ground beef
- cream of chicken soup
- BBQ sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- cheddar cheese
- crumbled bacon pieces
- Frozen tater tot potatoes
How to make hamburger and tater tot casserole
To start with, you'll be browning some ground beef on medium heat and adding onions and cooking until the onions are translucent.
Then add cream of chicken soup, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce and combine. Place the mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish and layer with shredded cheddar and yummy crumbled bacon. My husband has a shirt that says "That's too much bacon...said no one ever" so you know we love our bacon.
Top with frozen tater tots and bake for 30 minutes.
The result is a cheesy tater tot casserole that is classic comfort food at its best. It is a wonderful meal to make when you want to sit down and connect with the people who are most important to you. I have some go to recipes with ground beef and this is one that the family asks for again and again because it tastes so good. If you are looking for more yummy ways to use tater tots check out our Tater Tot Casserole which is perfect for breakfast.
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup crumbled bacon pieces
- 21 oz Frozen tater tot potatoes
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large skillet, cook crumbled ground beef and onion until browned.
- Discard excess fat.
- Add cream of chicken soup, Worcestershire sauce and BBQ sauce into pan. Stir until well combined under low heat.
- Pour mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish and top with shredded cheddar and yummy crumbled bacon.
- Top with the tater tot potatoes.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, checking on the potatoes near the end of cooking time to make sure they don't burn.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You can store this casserole in the container you baked it in. Just be sure to cover it. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
You can add frozen vegetables to the ground beef mixture. Peppers, carrots and peas would work well.
Yes! Ground turkey or ground chicken will work well in this recipe.
I made this with a few modifications. I doubled the bar b que sauce and then spread a small can of Bushes baked beans over the meat before placing the potatoes. It was great.
This looks so good!! I can't wait to try it because everyone will love it. Hard to please grandkids included!!
Perfect family dinner! I know my daughter especially will love it.
It looks delicious. I'm especially intrigued by the cream of chicken soup and BBQ sauce.
Heidy L. McCallum
What an interesting and comforting Casserole you have going on! The flavors alone are going to take this over the top and all the creamy cream of chicken over beef? How can you go wrong everyone loves Tater Tots!? A lot of kids would probably gobble this up in a split second! Bookmarking.
Oh this casserole looks amazing! My family would devour this for sure. I will try it soon.
Tater tots are like bacon - they make everything more delicious and since you combined them in one dish, my world just exploded!
It doesnt say when to put cheese and bacon pieces in ?
Total comfort food Dawn!
Hope you enjoy it.
Thank you Britt!
Kids love it!
A kid favorite for sure.
That does look like the perfect meal to pull the whole family together with! Those tater tots!!
My kids especially would love this for dinner. You can't go wrong with meat and potatoes in tater tot form, especially when you don't have to have worry about heartburn spoil your dinner 🙂
Britt | Sweet Tea and Thyme
Honey, this looks so tasty! Quite the comfort food, and perfect for a busy evening. Love it.
What a quick and delicious casserole for busy nights. Takes me back to being a kid and loving tater tots more than anything. Can't wait to try this one.
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
If this doesn't have comfort food written all over it, I don't know what does! It's been FOREVER since I've had tater tots and I love this fun way to use them! DELISH!
Thanks for stopping by! I think this would be great with ground turkey as well, if you can have that.
These Tater Tot Casseroles are looking delicious. But unfortunately, I don't eat beef.