Grandma’s Tater Tot Casserole

I’m thrilled to share a very special recipe from my childhood: my grandmother’s Tater Tot Casserole. This dish holds a dear place in my heart because my grandmother would always make it for me when I was feeling under the weather. It’s a simple, comforting meal that brings back fond memories of her kitchen, filled with the aroma of delicious, hearty food. Unlike many modern versions, her recipe doesn’t include cheese, but the creamy, savory goodness of the beef and cream of mushroom soup with crispy tater tots makes it satisfying on its own. However, I understand that some might enjoy a cheesy twist, and that’s perfectly fine to add!

What makes this casserole perfect for weeknights is its ease and speed. With just a few staple ingredients and minimal preparation, you can have a wholesome meal ready in under an hour. The combination of ground beef and a creamy sauce, all topped with golden tater tots, creates a dish that’s tasty and incredibly comforting. Whether you’re looking for a quick dinner solution or something to remind you of home, this Tater Tot Casserole is sure to become a family favorite in your household too.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 package (32 oz) frozen tater tots


1 – Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain any excess fat.

3 – Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

4 – Stir in the condensed cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

5 – Spread the beef mixture evenly in the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange the frozen tater tots in a single layer on top of the beef mixture.

6 – Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown and crispy.

7 – Let the casserole cool slightly before serving. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives if desired.

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