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Picky Eaters? This Recipe for TaterTot Casserole is Sure To Impress Any Kid! The Ultimate Kid-Approved Meal!

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Being a cook at a daycare has taught me two things:

1.  even the pickiest eaters LOVE tater tots, and
2.  kids like anything in a casserole.   Thus… TaterTot Casserole. What I love about this recipe is that it is easy to hide vegetables inside without your kids even knowing that they are in there!  Bonus.  What’s the benefit for mom?  Easy clean up.  I used one pan, one bowl, one spoon and one casserole dish.  

 

Gather all of your ingredients.  I think that this is the most important step in making dinner - having everything out and ready to go! Not Shown:  cream cheese

Gather all of your ingredients. I think that this is the most important step in making dinner – having everything out and ready to go!
Not Shown: cream cheese

Brown ground beef and season well with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Brown ground beef and season well with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Mix in cream cheese, sour cream and cream of mushroom soup.  Stir until it is all combined and looks a grayish cream color.

Mix in cream cheese, sour cream and cream of mushroom soup. Stir until it is all combined and looks a grayish cream color.

Put the meat in the bottom of a casserole dish, and place your tots around the casserole dish.

Put the meat in the bottom of a casserole dish, and place your tots around the casserole dish.

Top with shredded cheddar cheese.  Give it a little shake to let the cheese get in between the tots.  Yummy cheesy potatoy goodness!

Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Give it a little shake to let the cheese get in between the tots. Yummy cheesy potatoy goodness!

This is what it looks like from the side.  Stick this baby in a 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

This is what it looks like from the side. Stick this baby in a 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

After 35 minutes it is crunchy and cheesy and oozing with deliciousness!

After 35 minutes it is crunchy and cheesy and oozing with deliciousness!

Enjoy your hard work and watch your kids gobble this up and probably even ask for seconds ;)

Enjoy your hard work and watch your kids gobble this up and probably even ask for seconds πŸ˜‰

 

TaterTot Casserole
Serves 6
The ultimate kid-approved dinner.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (or whipped)
  7. 2 lbs tater tots
  8. 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once pan is hot, add 1 tbsp oil and heat until shimmering. Add ground beef.
  4. Season ground beef with Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Cook 5-8 minutes, or until cooked. Drain off fat and place in a large bowl.
  5. Add cream cheese, sour cream, and cream of mushroom soup to ground beef and stir until thoroughly combined.
  6. Pour meat mixture into a casserole dish in an even layer.
  7. Top ground beef with tatertots. Make a fun pattern, or just place the tatertots in an even layer.
  8. Cover tatertots with shredded cheddar, and shake to allow some cheese to fall in between the tots.
  9. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bottom is bubbly.
Notes
  1. Serve with fresh or frozen veggies and some fruit!
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Love it and want some more kid friendly recipes?  Check out my list of the Ultimate Kid Approved Meals!

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