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tater tot casserole with bacon

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jill Richmond
Two Rivers, WI

Slight variations on a very basic recipe made this one a HUGE hit with my family! I was instructed to throw the OLD recipe out ... this was the keeper. Used mini tater tots for more "tot coverage." I did not add salt ... enough salty flavor comes from the bacon.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Your whole family is going to fall in love with this easy tater tot casserole. Crispy tater tots, gooey cheese, and smoky bacon... what's not to love?! Hearty and filling, this will be on your regular dinner rotation.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For tater tot casserole with bacon

  • 3 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    bacon, center cut
  • 1 lg
    onion, diced
  • 1 can
    Campbell's cream of chicken soup with herbs (10.5 oz)
  • 1 can
    Campbell's cream of mushroom soup with garlic (10.5 oz)
  • 1/2 can
    water (use soup cans)
  • 1 pkg
    mini tater tots
  • cheddar or colby-jack cheese (shredded)

How To Make tater tot casserole with bacon

  • Oven preheating to 350.
    Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Cooking bacon in a skillet.
    Cut bacon into small pieces. In a large skillet, start to render to ALMOST crisp. Do not drain yet.
  • Browning ground beef in bacon grease.
    Add the hamburger to the bacon and grease. Brown the hamburger and finish rendering the bacon. (oohhh! extra flavor)
  • Draining grease.
    OK .... now you can drain. :-) Please note ... you may have to drain some of the fat in mid-browning if it is too much - you decided based on your skillet.
  • Cream soups added to ground beef.
    Add the cream soups. Please note ... you can use "regular" cream soups but these flavored ones really add to the recipe.
  • Water added to the skillet and stirred in with cream soups.
    Add 1/2 can water. Stir completely to be sure soups and meat are completely incorporated.
  • Beef mixture poured into baking dish with shredded cheese on top.
    Pour into a 9x13 glass casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese.
  • Tater tots covering the cheese.
    Top with tots until completely covered.
  • Baking the tater tot casserole.
    Bake at 350 until bubbly and the tots are golden brown.