Did you eat this as a child? Well here it is, back again. New and improved. It’s a little healthier, a few more vegetables, but still takes you back.
Use either ground turkey or beef. I have been opting for ground turkey a lot recently. It works so well as a replacement to ground beef and is less fat.
Look how fast and easy it is! The hardest part is chopping vegetables!
Brown your meat and set it aside in a bowl.
Then saute your veggies in butter. You could certainly use cooking spray or even steam them to cut calories.
I personally like the veggies to be quite soft. I don’t like them crunchy in the finished dish. But you do you.
Add the cooked meat back into the pan and add in the soup and milk.
Heat it up and cook for a few minutes. Taste it and see if you think it needs salt and pepper…..I don’t think it does.
I throw in a can of green beans because……more vegetables!
Here’s a note……you could pretty much throw in any veggies you wanted. Zucchini comes to mind as a good choice.
Cover the bottom of the casserole dish with half of the tator tots.
Spoon on the meat and veggie mixture and cover with the rest of the tator tots.
When you take it out of the oven it will be all bubbly with crispy tator tots on top. Perfect!
Tator Tot Casserole
- 1 30-32 ounce bag tator tots or tator rounds, thawed **for a quick thaw, place on baking sheet and cook in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- 1 pound ground turkey or beef
- 2 T butter or margarine
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, choppped
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can milk **using soup can
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Saute ground turkey or beef. Drain off any grease. Put meat into bowl and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt butter and saute onions and green pepper. Stir and cook until soft.
- Add meat back into the pan with onions and green pepper. Stir in soup and milk. Turn up heat and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Arrange half of the tator tots on bottom of 2½ quart casserole dish.
- Cover with meat and vegetable mixture. Top with remaining tator tots.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes.