tater tot hot dish recipe
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Tater Tot Hot Dish Recipe

Where I’m from in Northern Minnesota – the “Hot Dish” is a tried and true dinner or potluck staple. Called a “Casserole” in other parts of the country – where I’m from the covered glass dish you put the hot dish IN is called the “casserole.”

There are probably 5 million recipes like this one out there – some are more elaborate. I love this one because it’s easy, takes about 10 minutes to put together, and doesnt require many ingredients – It’s completely economical as well. You could get away with 1/2 lb ground beef (turkey, chicken, elk, venison – or whatever) very easily. Add veggies if you like – we usually serve veggie on the side with this one.

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Tater Tot Hot Dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Carrie Hill


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 package tater tots or tater rounds
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. Brown ground beef and onion in a skillet until pink completely disappears. Season with salt and pepper as it cooks. Drain if needed (I use 90/10 beef so draining isn't necessary)
  3. In an 8x8 or 9x9 pan, mix the browned beef and the cream soup together well, spread out along bottom of pan
  4. place a single layer of tater tots on top of the beef and soup mixture
  5. Top with Cheese
  6. Bake for approx. 40 minutes at 350

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.