This classic Tater Tot Hotdish is perfect when you’re craving comfort food. Whether it’s the main dish or a side, everyone at the table will be happy. This midwestern staple goes far, easy to make and fills everyone up. Each creamy bite will be enjoyed!
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? What are your plans? As always, we are making WAY too much food for just a few people. I have smokies and brownies to finish, but in the meantime let's talk about ugly food. There could not be an uglier food than Tater Tot Hotdish. Or, Tater Tot Casserole, if that's more up your alley. Here in Minnesota we go with Hotdish. Or more accurately, hahhhht-dish.
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This is embarrassing to admit, but this was my first time making this delicious dinner. It is ugly, yes, but also comforting and delicious. It WILL be made again and again in my kitchen.
LEARNING HOW TO MAKE TATER TOT HOTDISH IS SO EASY!
Prep for this Tater Tot Hotdish is minimal. There is no need to pre-cook veggies or tater tots. Easy peasy! This classic comfort food is going to make your house smell good and fill everyone up!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease from pan and add salt and pepper to onions and beef.
Add green beans, cream of mushroom soup, corn, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and pour in an even layer into prepared casserole dish.
Top with the tater tots (in a single layer), followed by the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are golden browned and the cheddar cheese is melted.
HOW TO SAVE LEFTOVERS FOR ANOTHER MEAL
If you don't have a crowd to feed, this meal is perfect because you make it one day, feed your family and then you could have enough for leftovers the following day. If you prepare this meal and then let it cool completely, feel free to freeze it up to 3 months. If you just want to put an airtight lid on it, it'll keep for 3-5 days.
WHAT IS HOTDISH?
Maybe you’re not from Minnesota (lovingly referred to as Minnesnowta!) and the word hotdish is confusing. But casserole is more familiar. Either way, it’s a one-pot meal packed with your protein, a potato or some sort of starch , your veggies and some sort of gravy or sauce.
WHY IS HOTDISH SO POPULAR?
Hotdish is a great option because it’s very affordable. You can use frozen, canned or fresh veggies. You layer the meat, potatoes and veggies so you don’t spend a lot on any layer. You also pack a lot of food into one pot. Also, it’s great for having left overs or enough to feed a great big group!
CAN I SWITCH OUT BEEF FOR ANOTHER MEAT OR MAKE THIS A VEGETARIAN MEAL?
Yes! Ground turkey or sausage would be excellent choices but if you prefer to make this meatless, it’s still tasty.
To make this dish vegetarian, just omit the meat and the third layer or add additional layers of veggies and potatoes. It’s still a great option!
Enjoy this ugly yet delicious dinner AND your Super Bowl feast, whatever that may be! You can access other great casseroles and hotdishes here!