Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is a comfort food dinner recipe with beef and a tater tot crust

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole

This Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is an easy casserole recipe that’s on the table in minutes! Crispy tater tots top a beef filling mixed with gravy!

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is a beef casserole recipe topped with crispy tater tots

Tater Tot Casserole

If there’s one thing we know how to do it’s comfort food.

There’s not much more I can think of that says comfort to me than meat and potatoes. I’ve always been a meat and potatoes guy and I always will.

Not to say that there aren’t other comfort food recipes to love besides meat and potatoes. In fact I made a whole list here of my favorite comfort food dinner recipes, so you can go check that out when you have a chance.

So a crispy tater tot casserole recipe with a beef filling…bubbling with brown gravy? That’s my jam.

Let’s switch gears and get back to this casserole recipe here because that’s what we’re really here to talk about.

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole has a tater tot crust and a beef filling to make an easy dinner casserole

How Do You Make A Tater Tot Casserole?

This Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole recipe is not only crazy good, but it’s also crazy simple to make.

You really just need to cook up the beef filling which only takes about 15 minutes. Then stir it together with a couple of jars of store bought gravy and you’re almost there…

OR you can make our 5 minute, homemade beef gravy if you don’t have a jar of brown gravy!

Couldn’t be easier than that. My teenager can even do it, and he loves it so much that he will make it for himself. You know, a late night snack if you will.

That’s life in our house.

Layering the tater tots on top of the beef filling will probably take the most time for this casserole recipe, but it’s going to be SO worth it.

The tater tots get crispy on top of the beef filling, bubbling over with gravy…

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole recipe is an easy beef casserole with gravy and tater tots

Get this tater tot casserole in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes until the tater tots are golden brown and that beef filling is bubbling up with gravy.

Depending on the frozen tater tots that you are using, you might need a few more or a few less minutes in the oven to get the tots crispy and brown.

Now call the kids over if they aren’t standing there hovering already…because they are going to want this dinner more than they know.

Just to let you know how good this dinner casserole is, my little guy still doesn’t like peas. He eats plenty of other vegetables and a salad with dinner every night but peas are a hard no for him.

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is a comfort food dinner recipe with beef and a tater tot crust

Unless it’s in this Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole because it’s so good he can’t be bothered to stop and pick them out of there!

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is a tater tot casserole with ground beef

You can also make this casserole recipe ahead of time, cook it through, let it cool and then freeze it! Put it in a 375 oven covered for 45 minutes and dinner is served!

Looking For More Easy Dinner Ideas?

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Easy Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole is a comfort food dinner recipe with beef and a tater tot crust

Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: oven/stove top
  • Cuisine: American


This beef tater tot casserole is a super easy dinner recipe that your whole family will love! Crispy tots on the top with a gravy and beef filling inside!


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup diced onion

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 pounds ground beef

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 (12 ounce) jars of beef gravy

2 cups frozen peas and carrots

1 (28 ounce) bag tater tots


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat.

Brown the onions with the garlic for 5 minutes, stirring often until softened.

Add the beef to the skillet, breaking up with a spoon and cooking until no pink remains, about 7-8 minutes.

Drain any grease from the skillet then add the salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and stir to combine.

Pour in the gravy and stir into the beef mixture.

Bring the beef to a simmer then add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir to combine with the filling and to defrost slightly.

Pour the filling into a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.

Add the frozen tater tots on top of the beef filling, arranging in a single layer.

Bake for 35 minutes until the tater tots are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

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2 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I totally make this but I use bbq like sloppy joe type sauce and top with tots and cheese. We call it trucker pie. Like shepherds pie… but not quite as organic! I thought you might enjoy the name. Keep writing great recipes! Yours are some of my favorites to try.

    1. I do love the name! Thanks so much for sharing that. If you have an approximate recipe that you follow, maybe we can make it here for the site! And thank you so much for following along here, we really appreciate the feedback:)

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