Monday, February 9, 2009

Tator Tot Casserole

This is mostly my mom's recipe. It has adjustments for the things we (by this, I mean Andy) don't like much.
Tator Tot Casserole
1 pound Ground Beef (or less or more, whichever you like more)
Spices (salt, pepper, dried onions, garlic, red pepper, parsley-I just add a little-less than 1/2 teaspoon-of each of these in when the hamburger is almost done.)
1 can Spaghetti Sauce or Tomato Soup
1 bag Tator Tots, divided
2 cups Mixed Vegetables (or whatever veggies you like)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup (you could use mushroom or celery if you prefer those.)
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in large frying pan. Add spices when it is almost cooked. Drain. Put back in pan and add spaghetti sauce. Heat. Spray casserole dish with cooking non-stick spray. Add ground beef/spaghetti sauce to casserole dish. Sprinkle a layer of tator tots on top of it. Add mixed vegetables in a layer. Put cream of chicken on top of vegetables. Add another layer of tator tots. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until it's bubbly goodness shows around the edges. Let it set for about 10 minutes before serving so that it doesn't become soup.

Example from top to bottom:
Cheddar Cheese
Tator Tots
Cream of Chicken
Mixed Vegetables
Tator Tots
Hamburger/Spaghetti Sauce

I love this meal. I love cream of chicken. I wish I could find a really good and easy recipe to make it from scratch. Maybe I will someday, but it's so good from the can and I use it in so many things.
(I hope posting things helps you not be too bored Trish.)
This is what my one year old looked like after eating/spilling his. He is almost in his "food coma".


Trish said...

Sweet thanks!

Mary said...

The soup isn't usually mixed with the hamburger. The veggies and cheese are additions definitely. Glad Vincent enjoys it too.