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Variations: Use ground turkey instead of ground beef; use different cream soups and cheddar cheese soup.
By Connie from Cotter, AR
Way cool and had this at a bronco party. Now I know how to make it. Thanks
Brown hamburger and put in casserole dish. Add celery and onions. Mix soups together and pour over. Cover with Tater Tots. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I take the raw hamburger and just pat it like a crust in the 9x13 dish,,,add the onions, and on top of the onions I put two cans of green beans,,(drained of course) and then the soups, then on top of that I put cheese and layer the top with the tater tots and bake. We have been doing this for years ,,it's a great casserole and pretty too. Bake it until it bubbles and the taters are browned,,I usually put a foil over the top at first, then take off the foil for the last 20 minutes or so.
Chop up the chicken into bite sized pieces. You can brown it first to decrease the cook time or just throw it in there raw. I usually just put it in raw.
Layer the tater tot disks in the base of a 9x12 inch baking pan, to make a bottom crust. Then continue layering ingredients in the pan; cream of mushroom soup, frozen mixed veggies, chicken, cream of chicken soup. Add more soup if you're using a big casserole dish and need it. I add pepper because I'm crazy like that. Then cheese on the top. Cook at the standard casserole temp, good old reliable 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or so. You will want to cook it less if you brown the chicken first.
Tasty, hearty, and terrible for you - just like all good casseroles should be.
Source: This is an update of a recipe that my mother in law used to make for my husband as a child. He says mine is better - don't tell :)
Place frozen tater tots in baking dish (ungreased). Mix hamburger, 1/4 cup each chopped onion, green pepper and celery and cover potatoes. Pour undiluted soup on top. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I wonder if the hamburger should be cooked first. I followed the recipe as given and the hamburger is still raw after one hour at 325F.
Brown together 1 lb. ground beef and 1 lb. pork sausage. Add an onion (chopped) cook until slightly tender. Drain grease. Preheat oven to 400-424 degrees F.
Put raw hamburger in 9x13 inch pan. Season with salt, pepper and onion. Drain veggies and spread on top of hamburger. Spoon soup over the veggies. Top with Tater Tots. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.
Brown ground beef; drain. Add soups, corn and meat in a 2 qt. casserole dish; mix well. Arrange Tots on top of mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes
I took a recipe and changed everything we didn't like and added other stuff so it doesn't resemble the original recipe much, but my husband and teenage son love it...
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine hamburger and undiluted soup. Pour into small casserole dish layer cheese slices on top then tater tots bake for about 2- 25 minutes or until tater tots are crisp.