Blue Ribbon Tater-Tot Casserole

Total Time
40mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
30 mins

My mom found this "contest winning recipe" in the local newspaper in the '70's and I've enjoyed this recipe since. It's very comforting and kid-friendly the way the fried onions blend with the creamy filling. It's something I make for the flavor and not because it is so easy!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, freshly steamed
  • 1 (2 7/8 ounce) candurkee French fried onion rings (or 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 12 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Italian tomatoes, chopped
  • 14 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 12 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • seasoned pepper
  • 1 (24 ounce) bag frozen potato slices or 1 (24 ounce) bag tater tots

Directions

  1. Line an 8x12-inch casserole (or two smaller Corning Ware casseroles), or 7x11-inch pan with the potato rounds, on the bottom and sides (I use a little more ingredients, doubling the soup and make a heaping 9x13-inch).
  2. Bake 10 minutes at 400°F.
  3. Brown beef.
  4. Add broccoli, tomatoes, HALF the onion rings, and add to the cooked ground beef and spread on top of cooked tater tots.
  5. Mix soup, milk, half the cheese and seasonings and pour over beef mixture.
  6. Fill casserole dish and bake covered (or it will dry out) at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove cover and add rest of cheese and dried onions.
  8. Let rest couple minutes for the cheese to melt.
  9. Serve.