Opie's Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

"I created this recipe over time in homage to the original from Opie's BBQ in Spicewood, TX. Some things to note: Ore-Ida tater tots have lots of salt and seasoning; typically off-brand do not. I would probably add over a tsp for off-brand tots."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
1 Casserole




  • Mix everything but the Colby cheese and french's onions in a large bowl (make sure tots are still frozen so they don't break apart).
  • Scoop mixture into one 9x13 pan.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for one hour.
  • Top with Colby cheese and then French's onions and bake for another 5-10 minutes until onions are golden brown.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sue S.
    Can you make this Thursday and then warm it for Saturday


  1. lilapril0202
    This is a GREAT dish. I did add some ground beef to the recipe though. My kids actuall asked for seconds and tha's rare.
  2. TreeSquirrel
    Simple to throw together! Here's my personalized take on the recipe. I added sliced sauted mushrooms, chopped and sauted red peppers, and diced caramelized onions. For the soup I used cream of mushroom and added some seasoning salt for flavor and spice. This casserole is easy to adjust to suit your own tastes. Thanks for posting!
  3. browniepie
    This was delicious! So easy to make. Took this to a pot luck and there were NO leftovers. It is quite cheesy and probably not something you should have often because of the calories but definitely worth making again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
  4. duke246
    Substituted cream of potato soup since some in my family dislike mushrooms. Tasty, comfort-type food.
  5. zafellagalstaun
    Tried this! I added 1 lb of ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper. It was really good. It was gone within half an hour.


  1. Gail K.
    I Added Chopped Ham and Bacon Bits .. A Touch of Garlic Powder and Chopped Fresh Onion... Super GOOD! ????????????
  2. bigdnelson
    I use one can of cream of mushroom and one of cream of chicken. I also have experimented with different cheeses. I like to top with colby-jack and using sharp cheddar. Adding a little cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce is good if you like to heat things up a little. Also, to make a breakfast dish, try adding some browned, ground breakfast sausage.


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