5 Casseroles You Won’t Stop Dreaming About!

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When you hear the word ‘casserole,’ what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it’s the delightful and crispy magic of tater tots layered and baked into a dish of sheer comfort.

And while the classic tater tot casserole will always have a special place in our hearts (and bellies), we move away from the same old and soar into new family favorites.

Tater or Not, Here I Come!

tater tot casserole recipes worth the hype.

5 Tater Tot Casserole Recipes that Scream Comfort.


Rise & Shine: Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

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Ever thought tater tots were limited to dinner time? Think again!

easy filling tater tot breakfast options
  • Key Ingredients: Tater tots, eggs, bacon or sausage, cheddar cheese, bell peppers.
  • Why It’s Great: Nothing screams “Good Morning!” like a heaping dish of tater tots and eggs. It’s like the sunrise on a plate, minus the early wake-up call.

Serve Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with this side dish:

  • Fresh Fruit Salad: The refreshing taste of a fruit medley is the perfect counterbalance to the savory richness of this breakfast casserole.

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole: The Cozy Cluck

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Chicken and tots—the duo we didn’t know we needed.

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  • Key Ingredients: Tater tots, diced chicken breast, cream of chicken soup, mixed veggies.
  • Why It’s Great: It’s the comforting embrace of a warm blanket on a chilly day. Chicken for the soul, tots for the joy! Plus, mix up the soup type to change the recipe.

Serve Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with this side dish:

  • Green Beans: Green beans always add a touch of freshness without overshadowing the star.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: The Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

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Because who needs buns when you have tots?

cheeseburger in paradise casserole.
  • Key Ingredients: Tater tots, ground beef mixture, bacon, and cheddar cheese.
  • Why It’s Great: It’s like that summer BBQ where Uncle Bob forgot the buns, but everyone was too busy enjoying the food to notice.

Serve Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole with this side dish:

  • Crispy Caesar Salad: Let’s keep the burger vibes going! A Caesar salad with extra crunchy croutons echoes the flavors of a complete meal at your favorite diner.

BBQ Tater Tot Hotdish: Tots Meet Southern Charm

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Slather on the sauce, and let’s get the party started!

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  • Key Ingredients: Tater tots, BBQ beef, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.
  • Why It’s Great: The fusion of tangy BBQ and crispy tots makes every bite feel like a backyard party.

Serve Cowboy Casserole with this side dish:

  • Sweet Cornbread: The sweetness of cornbread pairs like a dream with tangy BBQ. It’s Southern comfort at its finest!

The Creamy Dream: Cream of Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

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This is where tater tots go when they’ve been extra good.

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  • Key Ingredients: Crispy Tater tots, cream of soup, sour cream, and Cheese
  • Why It’s Great: Smooth, creamy, and with a crunch to top it all off, it’s a weeknight dinner dream!

Serve Cream of Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with this side dish:

  • Smashed Brussels Sprouts: With grated Parmesan cheese, these roasted delights add a slightly tangy complement to the creamy casserole.

Want more great dinner recipes for your family?

Our 5 best chicken casserole recipe ideas can be found here.

Best Tot Brands for the Best Casserole Dishes

Let’s talk tots. Quality matters, and here are the brands that have our seal of approval:

  1. Ore-Ida: Arguably the king of tater tots; crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and always golden perfection.
  2. Alexia: Known for its all-natural ingredients and various options, including sweet potato tots.
  3. Cascadian Farm is an organic choice for those looking to keep things natural without compromising taste.
  4. 365 Everyday Value: A budget-friendly option that still packs a flavorful punch. Plus, it’s Whole Foods Market’s store brand, so quality is a given.

Why Tater Tot Casseroles Should Be Your Dinner Heroes:

Versatility: From vegan delights to meat-loaded feasts, there’s a casserole recipe for every palate and preference.

Time-Saving: Most ingredients can be prepped in advance, making it perfect for those busy weeknights when you still want a home-cooked meal.

Nutrition-Loaded: Don’t let the ‘tater tot’ fool you! With the right ingredients, these casseroles can be a well-rounded meal filled with proteins, veggies, and grains.

Family Friendly and Kid Friendly Crowd-Pleaser: It’s hard to find someone who’ll say no to tater tots. Kids, adults, picky eaters, or foodies, everyone’s heart (and stomach) is won over by these golden bites.

Economical: Tater tot casseroles are perfect for families on a budget. They’re filling and tasty, and most ingredients are cost-effective.

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Elevate Tater Tot Casseroles with Toppings

Ah, toppings—the proverbial cherry on top!

Once you’ve put together your delicious tater tot casserole, it’s time to sprinkle, drizzle, or layer the magic on top. Let’s get into topping options that elevate your casserole from “yum” to “Can I have seconds… and thirds?”.

Add some Crunch:

  1. Panko Bread Crumbs: Lightly toasted with a drizzle of olive oil, these add an extra layer of crunch.
  2. French Fried Onions: These golden delights add crunch and a delightful oniony zest.
  3. Bacon Bits: Because, let’s face it, who can resist the charm of these crispy delights?
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Fresh Pops of Color:

  1. Chopped Green Onions: Sprinkle these for color, flavor, and freshness.
  2. Cilantro or Parsley: A little sprinkle can go a long way in adding a fresh zing.
  3. Diced tomatoes are especially great for casseroles with a spicy or meaty profile.

Drizzles and Sauces:

  1. BBQ Drizzle: Perfect for meat-infused casseroles to amplify that smoky flavor.
  2. Hot Sauce: A few drops can turn up the heat for those who like it spicy.
  3. Dollops of Sour Cream: It contrasts the hot casserole and blends seamlessly with the flavors.
  4. Creamy Ranch: A universal favorite, it complements almost any casserole type.
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The Unexpected Game-Changers:

  1. Sliced Jalapeños: These can add spice and tang, a unique combo that’s surprisingly delightful.
  2. Avocado Slices: Creamy and fresh, they can perfectly balance out a hot or spicy casserole.
  3. Crumbled Tortilla Chips: For that extra crunch and a slight hint of corn.
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Of course, these are not the only recipes we love!

Make sure to browse through our entire casserole recipe collection to find the perfect dinner, side dish, or dessert for your next meal.

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