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Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole

If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious meal for your family or a crowd, this crockpot tater tot casserole is the perfect choice. Plus, making it in a crockpot makes the process even easier! 

This dish combines the classic comfort of tater tots with a creamy and flavorful casserole, all made effortlessly in your trusty crockpot. 

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What are tater tots?

Tater tots are small, cylindrical pieces made of grated potato that are deep-fried until golden and crispy. They are a popular snack or meal option. 

They are often mixed with seasonings and are formed into bite-sized pieces. Tater tots are beloved for their crispy exterior and fluffy interior, making them a perfect ingredient for a casserole.

Other tater tot casseroles to try

half of a tater tot casserole in a white bowl

Can I make a casserole in a crockpot?

Yes, you can! Making a casserole in a crockpot is a great way to save time and effort. You can simply layer all the ingredients in the crockpot and let it cook until done with minimal work required. 

What ingredients do I need to make a tater tot casserole?

  • Ground beef
  • Bacon
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cream of broccoli soup
  • Garlic
  • Tater tots
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
ingredients needed to make crockpot tater tot casserole

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How to make a crockpot tater tot casserole?

First, brown the ground beef and add it to the crock pot.

ground beef being browned in a crockpot

Then mix the mushroom soup, cream of broccoli soup, garlic, salt and pepper and bacon to the ground beef.

mixing together the ingredients with the ground beef

Add 3 cups of shredded cheese on top. 

Now you can place the tator tots on top of the mixture.  Make sure they are evenly spread out.

tater tots and shredded cheese added to crockpot

Cover and cook on low for 4-4.5  hours.

Around 35-40 minutes before you eat top with the final cup of shredded cheese.

texture of tater tots with melted cheese

Finally, Add salt and pepper to taste.

texture shot of the crockpot tater tot casserole

What should you serve with tater tot casserole?

A tater tot casserole is a complete meal in itself, but you can always add a side dish to make it more satisfying. A simple green salad or a side of steamed vegetables would complement the casserole perfectly. You can also serve it with some garlic bread or dinner rolls.

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How do you keep tater tots crispy in the crockpot?

In this recipe, you shouldn’t need to do anything extra to maintain the crispy texture of your tater tots. Just follow the instructions and allow them to cook with the other ingredients for 4-4.5 hours and they should be a great texture!

Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole served in a white bowl on a black placemat

Do tater tots get mushy in the slow cooker?

Tater tots do become softer in the crockpot due to the slow cooking process and the surrounding moisture from the casserole. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they become mushy.

The tater tots will absorb some of the flavors from the casserole, becoming more tender while still maintaining their distinct shape. The overall texture will be softer than if they were fried, but they will still offer a delightful and comforting bite.

tater tot casserole in a white bowl from the side

How can I store the leftover casserole?

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to reheat, place the casserole in the oven at 350F for about 15-20 minutes, or until it’s heated through.

You can also reheat individual portions in the microwave for a quick and easy meal.

Learn how to reheat tater tot casserole.

Making a crockpot tater tot casserole is a great way to enjoy a hearty and delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

Creating this crockpot tater tot casserole is a convenient way to enjoy a comforting and flavorful meal. Tater tots bring a crispy and irresistible element to the casserole, while the slow cooking method of the crockpot allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Whether you’re serving it as a main course or bringing it to a party, this dish is sure to please both kids and adults alike.

Other casserole dishes to try next

Chicken and Yellow Squash Casserole

Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole

Easy Corn Casserole

Thanksgiving Squash Casserole

Yield: 6

Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole

Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole served in a white bowl on a black placemat

Looking for some comfort food? You can't beat this crockpot tater tot casserole recipe! It's gooey, hearty, and super easy to prepare.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 POUNDS GROUND BEEF
  • ¼ CUP BACON
  • 1 CAN CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
  • ⅓ CUP OF CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP
  • 1 TABLESPOON MINCED GARLIC
  • 16 oz PACKAGE FROZEN TATOR TOTS
  • 4 CUPS SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE
  • SALT AND PEPPER

Instructions

    1. Brown ground beef and add to the crock pot.

    2. Mix the mushroom soup, cream of broccoli soup, garlic, salt and pepper and bacon to the ground beef.

    3. Add 3 cups of shredded cheese on top.

    4. Place the tator tots on the top of the mixture. Make sure they are evenly spread out.

    5. Cover and cook on low for 4-4.5 hours.

    6. 35-40 minutes before you eat top with the final cup of shredded cheese.

    7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 955Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 1502mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 64g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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