Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

My mom had a way with taking inexpensive or left-over meat and cream soups and inventing wonderful casseroles. Here's one of my childhood favorites.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (32 ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of chicken soup)
  • 34 cup milk
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In medium skillet over medium heat, sauté celery and onion in butter.
  3. Pour into large bowl and set aside (do not add to casserole dish yet).
  4. In skillet, brown the beef.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste (I sometimes add a dash of garlic salt).
  6. Combine meat with celery and onion mixture.
  7. Place 1 layer of Tater Tots in the bottom of a round casserole dish.
  8. Top with meat mixture.
  9. Add another layer of Tater Tots on top of the meat.
  10. In separate bowl, combine soup and milk.
  11. Pour soup mixture evenly over top of casserole.
  12. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  13. Cover with foil if Tater Tots get too brown.
Most Helpful

Made this dish last night for my family and they really liked it. It's a keeper! I added some shredded cheese on top of the meat mixture and also some garlic powder with the salt and pepper. Yummy!!

Trikster January 02, 2002

This is comfort food at it's comfyest! I really enjoyed this much more than I thought I would when I first decided to make it. The simplicity of it as well as the inexpensiveness of it make it a good meal for family. I will definitely add this to my regular recipes that I make often. By the way, I used the cream of mushroom soup that has roasted garlic in it.

Elizabeth Fullerton January 24, 2002

Very good. Instead of onions and celery, I browned my meat in onion soup mix. I also added chedder cheese.

Sidd January 17, 2003