Tater Tot Casserole

Simple Tater Tot Casserole is topped with fried onions and filled with cheese. It’s a tasty side dish, great for any dinner or holiday meal.

This easy Tater Tot Casserole is a perfect twist on a potato side for Thanksgiving! If you love the crunchy onion top like we do, try French Onion Chicken Casserole and Green Bean Casserole.

Tater tot casserole recipe close up topped with onions.

easy, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I know it’s always a relief to have great recipes on hand. This Tater Tot Casserole will be perfect for those get togethers!

This particular dish has a tater tot base, and a cheesy, creamy center, with fried onions on top. Together, these layers make an amazing (and simple) potato casserole everyone loves!

We use French’s® Crispy Fried Onions for many of our classic holiday dishes (like Green Bean Casserole). I love that they add the perfect amount of flavor and crunch to this casserole.

In fact, as I made this recipe, I realized that they would be great additions to any casserole, potatoes or salads. They add so much to a recipe and are perfect for all your holiday dishes!

Tater tots in baking dish for tater tot casserole.

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F.

TATER TOTS. Arrange frozen tater tots in a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

CREAM CENTER. Combine sour cream, cheese, cream of chicken/mushroom soup, and garlic salt in a medium bowl. Mix well and pour over tater tots.

ONIONS. Sprinkle onions over the top of the casserole.

BAKE. Bake for 45-50 minutes. ENJOY!

Soup clarification: This recipe calls for using a can of “Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup”. If your grocery store doesn’t carry a combination, use half a can of each. Or use one can of whichever your prefer (cream of chicken soup OR cream of mushroom soup).

Change it up!

This casserole is very versatile. Of course we love this version, but you can easily change things up. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add veggies: carrots, corn, zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower florets
  • Add a layer of protein: cubed ham or cooked ground beef (more details below)
  • Sprinkle with: scallions or crumbled bacon 
  • Tater Tots come in two main sizes: tater rounds (like we used), and the larger more cylindrical tot shape. Either type will work.
Cheesy tater tot casserole layers in a baking dish.

serving suggestions

When we make this as a cheesy potato side dish, we serve it with a holiday favorite: Roasted Turkey or Honey Glazed Ham.

We often add a layer of protein, which turns this casserole into a hearty and delicious main dish. In that case, we like to serve it with a side salad or a side of vegetables, like Roasted Green Beans or Grilled Asparagus.

How to add a layer of protein

This dish can easily accommodate a layer of ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey. Brown the meat before adding it to the casserole.

  1. Heat up a large skillet and add ground meat.
  2. Season with onion powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain excess fat.
  4. Sprinkle the ground beef mixture evenly over the tater tot layer, then add the layer of soup.
French's fried onions for tater tot casserole.

storing info

STORE leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for 3-4 days.

FREEZE in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Make ahead of time. Complete steps 2 and 3. Do not add the onions on top, or bake it. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap, then again with foil. Label and freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to use, thaw in the fridge, add onions, then bake.

For holidays, we love to make this easy Tater Tot Casserole recipe the day before up through step 3, then finish it off right when company comes. It works perfectly, and allows for minimal work on a crazy holiday.

Easy tater tot casserole recipe topped with fresh herbs.

For more potato sides, try:

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

5 from 22 votes
Simple Tater Tot Casserole is topped with fried onions and filled with cheese. It's a tasty side dish, great for any dinner or holiday meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 360 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz. bag frozen crispy tater tots
  • 1 16 oz. container sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 10.75 pz. can Cream of Chicken & Mushroom soup
  • 1 6 oz. can French’s Fried Onions
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Arrange tater tots in a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Combine sour cream, cheese, cream of chicken/mushroom soup and garlic salt in a medium bowl. Mix well and pour over tater tots.
  • Sprinkle onions over the top of the casserole and bake for 45-50 minutes. ENJOY!

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Notes

Make ahead of time. Complete steps 2 and 3. Do not add the onions on top, or bake it. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap, then again with foil. Label and freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to use, thaw in the fridge, add onions, then bake.
Variations. Of course we love this version, but you can easily change things up. Here are a few ideas:
  • Add veggies: carrots, corn, zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower florets
  • Add a layer of protein: cubed ham or cooked ground beef (more details below)
  • Sprinkle with: scallions or crumbled bacon 
  • Tater Tots come in two main sizes: tater rounds (like we used), and the larger more cylindrical tot shape. Either type will work.

This post was brought to you by the makers of French’s®. I received compensation to write this post through the #RealFlavorsHaveCrunch program. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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    1. 5 stars
      I’M so glad I found this recipe. We have a large combined family, my sister and I share a home and raise all of our kids together since we are both single Mom’s. the family has 6 tween/teenage boys. I am the primary cook for the house, one night tired of the same old stuff I hit the internet looking for something new to do with dinner using the basic items I already had in my fridge or pantry. I found this recipe, I already had all ingredients at home & all the boys like tatter tots so I figured I would give it a try. This was a huge hit. We had no leftovers and the boys were actually arguing over who had had more. This has become part of our regular menu plan as it is always a hit when it is made. Have you ever tried this as a main meal casserole by adding meat and a veggie?

      1. Wow..6 tween/teen boys!! That’s awesome you have each other! I am so glad everyone loved this & for sure…you could add hamburger or pork..whatever you all like! Thank you!

  1. TATERTOT CASSEROLE RECIPE
    Is it 1 can EACH of Cream of Chicken plus 1 can Cream of Mushroom
    Or is it
    1 can of either soup ?

    Thanks for clarifying
    Dottie

    1. They have cans of cream of chicken & mushroom combined. I don’t like cream of mushroom too much, so I like to use this combined one. If you can’t find it, you could use half of each. Hope that helps 🙂 ENJOY!

  2. 5 stars
    I have to admit I have not actually made this myself (YET) and probably would have skipped over this recipe due to a childhood aversion to my mothers not so good tater tot casserole. BUT I tried this at a friends house and loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh, my…this was amazing!! I love the taste & the crunch! My kids even liked it! I can’t wait to bring it to our family’s Thanksgiving!

  4. 5 stars
    My inner child loves me some Tater Tot casserole! Tried this one and it was amazing. I haven’t made it for my kids yet, but I think they’re gonna LOVE it. I wonder if it freezes well? Bcuz this seems easy to double and save for another day when I don’t feel like cooking. Think I’ll try it out…

  5. 5 stars
    I grew up on tater tots. We ate them just by them selves but I have to say this casserole version is much better and tastier! Full of cheese and creaminess its sure to become a family favorite!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks like a perfect side dish that my whole family would enjoy. Creamy and crunchy all together in one – it sounds so delicious! We love those crunchy onions, they are so good on top of casseroles!

  7. This looks delicious! I am going to try this weekend. Do the tater tots go in frozen or do you bake them first?
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you will 🙂 I keep them frozen until I am ready to use them. I will take them out to thaw a little first then I go ahead with the recipe. Hope that helps!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was Sooo good, the family really enjoyed it. The only changes i had made was instead of the mushroom soup i Used Garlic alfredo sauce.
    Will make this again. Thank you for the recipe!?

  9. 5 stars
    I used Garlic Alfredo instead of soup and added 3/4 cup of mushrooms (we like it lol). My judgment told me better but I put the onions on top as instructed and they Burned badly by 30 mins. I scraped them off, added more then just topped with more cheese for last 20 mins. It was great! Thank You!

  10. 5 stars
    I tried making this dish for the first time last night, to be prepared for some interesting side dishes for thanksgiving dinner. This was such a hit!! My girls ate it all up! Cant wait to wow other family members at thanksgiving!

  11. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! Turned plain tater tots into a gourmet meal; my whole family loved it!