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Tater Tot Casserole

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This casserole is a total guilty pleasure. If you're trying to lighten it up, ground turkey or chicken would be a delicious swap out for the beef. If you're really being good (we're impressed!) top the casserole with zucchini tater tots in place of the potato variety. 

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Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 50 mins
1 tbsp.

extra-virgin olive oil

1 c.

medium yellow onion, diced


cloves garlic, minced

2 lb.

ground beef

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp.


2 tbsp.

all-purpose flour

1 c.

low-sodium chicken broth

2 c.

grated cheddar, divided

1 1/2 c.

frozen peas

1 1/2 c.

frozen corn

1 lb.

frozen tater tots


slices cooked bacon, cut into 1/2" strips

Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook until softened, 3 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Add ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook until no pink remains, 6 minutes. Drain fat from skillet and return to heat.
  3. Add cayenne and flour and stir for 1 minute. Pour in broth, then bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Fold in 1 cup cheese, peas, and corn.
  4. Transfer meat mixture to a 9"-x-13" baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese and scatter tater tots and bacon in a single layer over the beef filling. Bake until cheese is melted and tots are golden, 27 to 30 minutes.
  5. Let rest for 2 to 3 minutes and garnish with scallions before serving.

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