Our easy Traeger Tater Tot Casserole combines smoky flavor with classic comfort food. Layered with ground beef, vegetables, and a savory sauce, it’s topped with crispy tater tots. This recipe is perfect for family dinners or gatherings, and its all-in-one appeal will win over even your picky eaters. Easy to prepare, this is an ideal way to incorporate more wood-fired flavor into your everyday life. A unique twist on a traditional favorite, it’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.
Traeger Tater Tot Casserole
If you’re from Minnesota – apologies for calling our Tater Tot Hotdish the “c” word. I know what it really is, down in my heart, but it turns out more people are out there looking for a casserole recipe instead of our beloved hot dish, so here we are.
This is a true meat-and-potatoes classic. Hearty ground beef gets browned, combined with some peas, carrots, and green beans, and then we pour over a can of canned Beefy Mushroom soup and add extra mushrooms and a little touch of sherry. Then it gets topped with tater tots, and “baked” on the Traeger until the tater tots are golden brown.
You can also throw on some cheese if that’s your thing. I didn’t this time, but it is always an option when discussing a hot dish.
Speaking of changing things, you could doctor this up in many different ways to suit your tastes or what you have. Many people use cream of mushroom soup instead of the beefy mushroom. That is a great option if that’s what you have on hand.
You can also mix in some different vegetables if you’d like. Make this your own, and experiment! Hot dish is a perfect dish for that.
Why you’ll love this dish…
- Homey, easy to throw together, and tastes amazing.
- Super customizable! Use what you have on hand!
- Crowd-pleaser! Meat and potatoes to the Midwest max.
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Tater Tot Casserole shopping list
Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Lean ground beef
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Frozen peas
- Frozen carrots
- Frozen green beans
- Beefy Mushroom soup
- Corn starch
- Tater tots
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How to make Traeger Tater Tot Casserole
This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.
Fire up the Traeger and preheat to 350°F.
Cook the meat
Put the ground beef into a large skillet. Season with the garlic and onion powder. Brown over medium-high heat.
Add the peas, carrots, and green beans. Add the Beefy Mushroom Soup and sherry. Turn the heat down to medium-low.
Whisk together the water, cream, and cornstarch. Combine with the beef mixture, and simmer until slightly thickened.
Put the beef into a baking dish. Top with the tater tots. Add a layer of cheese between the tots and the meat mixture if that’s your thing. We didn’t here, but it would be delicious.
Bake until the tots are crispy and everything is bubbly and hot. It’ll take around 45 minutes to an hour.
Scoop out a big serving and enjoy while hot!
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Traeger Tater Tot Casserole FAQ
Can this recipe be made in advance?
Yes! This is a great dish to assemble ahead of time. You can precook it even and then have leftovers for several days. This also makes a great freezer meal or a meal to prep and bring to a friend or family member who needs a hearty homecooked meal that they can pop in the oven.
What’s the best way to store and reheat the leftovers?
Store these in any airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. It will keep in the freezer for several months. For reheating, the oven or air fryer is ideal if you want crunchy tater tots. If you don’t care so much about the crunch, the microwave will work just fine.
Substitutions & Variations
- Add in different vegetables or omit the ones you don’t like.
- Add a few dashes of Tobasco sauce to the hamburger while you’re cooking.
- Copious amounts of cheese
Make this will Pulled Beef next time!
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- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen carrots
- 1 cup frozen green beans
- 1 can Beefy Mushroom soup
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 1 can water
- 1/2 cup cream
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 pounds tater tots
- Preheat your Traeger to 350°F.
- Season the ground beef with garlic powder and onion powder in a large skillet on the stovetop. Add the onion and brown the beef over medium-high heat.
- Once the beef is cooked, add the peas, carrots, green beans, Beefy Mushroom soup, and the sherry. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Whisk together the water, cream, and cornstarch until combined. Pour into the beef mixture and simmer until slightly thickened.
- Put the beef mixture into a grill-safe baking dish. A large oval pan or a 10x13 would be ideal.
- Top with tater tots and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the tater tots are crisp.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 959mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 39g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.
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