Blue Ribbon Tater-Tot Casserole

Blue Ribbon Tater-Tot Casserole created by Anonymous

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!

Ready In:
40mins
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ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, freshly steamed
  • 1 (2 7/8 ounce) can durkee 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 (24 ounce) bag tater tots

directions

  • 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).
  • Bake 10 minutes at 400°F.
  • Brown beef.
  • Add broccoli, tomatoes, HALF the onion rings, and add to the cooked ground beef and spread on top of cooked tater tots.
  • Mix soup, milk, half the cheese and seasonings and pour over beef mixture.
  • Fill casserole dish and bake covered (or it will dry out) at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  • Remove cover and add rest of cheese and dried onions.
  • Let rest couple minutes for the cheese to melt.
  • Serve.
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"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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  1. Anonymous
    Blue Ribbon Tater-Tot Casserole Created by Anonymous
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  2. Denver cooks
    Excellent! I seasoned the tater tots with season salt before adding meat mixture.
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  3. mammafishy
    My husband and I thought this was a winner! Loved the taste and will definitely put this down as a favorite of ours. The only thing I did different was to use 1/4 c. milk and cream of mushroom soup. Then I put the cheese on top and then the fried onions and put it back in the oven for 3 or 4 minutes. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. jenisinchina
    Really good! Looking at the seasonings I thought my family would like more. I sprinkled the potatoes with seasoned salt, garlic powder, and a good dose of black pepper. This would taste good with some spice too. I used 1/2lb of ground beef b/c that's what I had on hand and it was plenty. I used cream of chicken b/c that's what I had on hand. I added a small can of drained mushrooms, pieces and stems. I didn't put any cheese on top, just the rest of the onions. Loved the broccoli and tomatoes in this! It really is a nice looking casserole and way better than the mushy "hot dishes" that I don't care for. Thanks for a great recipe! My alterations are truly to taste and/or availability.
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  5. vrvrvr
    Blue Ribbon Tater-Tot Casserole Created by vrvrvr
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