Tater Tot Casserole

This Easy Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole is a simple, quick and tasty side dish with a tater tot base, creamy and cheesy center, and a fried onion topping! It’s great for any dinner or holiday meal.

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easy, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Have you ever gotten so excited about a recipe?! Well, today I’m SO excited to share this Tater Tot Casserole recipe that we made last week. I’m so ecstatic to share it because it was LOVED by the whole family and ended up tasting so cheesy and delicious. In fact, my husband and sisters claimed it the best casserole they had ever tried. How’s that for quickly becoming a family favorite?!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I know it’s always fun to have great recipes on hand, and this Tater Tot Casserole will be perfect for those get togethers. This particular dish has a tater tot base and a cheesy, creamy center and a fried onions top. All these layers together make an amazing (and simple!) potato casserole that everyone loves.

We have used French’s® Crispy Fried Onions for many of our classic holiday dishes (like green bean casserole), but love that they added 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 casserole

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

We are all about easy recipes, and this casserole is very simple. Here are the ingredients needed for this tater tot hotdish recipe:

  • tater tots
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • cream of chicken & mushroom soup
  • French’s fried onions
  • garlic salt

What’s so great about today’s recipe is that it is simple, quick and so tasty. We started with a layer of frozen crispy tater tots and topped that off with a mixture of sour cream, cheese and cream of mushroom and chicken soup.

We topped that off with French’s® Crispy Fried Onions and baked it for 45-50 minutes. The result is a new favorite casserole recipe that took minutes to prep and was so delicious.

I’m not joking when I say that the whole family loved these potatoes. We had to divvy up the leftovers because everyone wanted to take some home to their families to try out. 😉

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 can you can easily use half a can of each or just one can of whichever your prefer (cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup)

Cheesy tater tot casserole recipe

Change it up!

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

    • Add veggies like carrots, zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower florets
    • Add protein like cubed ham or cooked ground beef on top of the tater tot layer.
    • Top with scallions or crumbled bacon 

No matter how you change it, the recipe as is, is amazing, and we think you’ll love it!

French's fried onions

Storing, making ahead + Freezing

Leftovers can be STORED in the fridge  for 3-4 days or in the FREEZER for 1-2 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

If you want to MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME complete steps 2 and 3. Do not add the french onion 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 and then bake.

For holidays, we love to make this ahead just the day before up through step 3, and then finish it off right before baking and when company comes. Works perfectly and allows for minimal work on a crazy holiday.

Easy tater tot casserole recipe

So much flavor in one casserole!! We cannot wait to make it again for Thanksgiving and for some of our Sunday family meals. Not only is this dish so easy, but it truly is so simple. It may take some time to bake, but prep time is only about 5 to 10 minutes. You can’t get much easier than that, AND you are sure to get rave reviews. 😉

Potatoes are usually a standard at all large meals, and although you can find simple potato casserole dishes, they usually still require washing and peeling the potatoes. If you are wanting something more simple, this recipe is a great one to try.

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Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

4.91 from 11 votes
A simple, quick and delicious casserole with a tater tot base, creamy cheesy center and topping of Fried Onions
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 33 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
    Bake in the 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Arrange tater tots in a greased 9x13 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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    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!

    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

    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. 4 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!