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Busy Night Minnesota Hot Dish

Every kid in the neighborhood is obsessed with this easy tater tot casserole recipe!

Busy Night Minnesota Hot Dish
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When your hectic, weekday schedule has you running around without a moment to spare, Busy Night Minnesota Hot Dish is just what you need so that you won't have to stress about cooking dinner on top of everything else. Made with easy ingredients like tater tots, ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, frozen veggies and cheese, this hearty meal can basically be dumped in a casserole dish and thrown in the oven once you've browned the beef. Dump recipes like this one make your life easier and help get dinner on the table faster so you can hurry up and relax already!

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time40 min

Cooking MethodCasserole, Oven

Cooking Vessel Size2.5-quart baking dish


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) package frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (8-ounce) package frozen green beans
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces frozen seasoned potato nuggets (or tater tots)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2.5-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Brown the ground beef, onion, and salt in a skillet. Break up meat and cook until no longer pink. Drain beef. Place cooked beef into the baking dish.

  3. Mix the soup and milk until well combined. Layer the frozen corn and green beans, then the soup mixture and the cheese on top of the ground beef. Top with the frozen potato nuggets.

  4. Bake 35-40 minutes until potatoes are brown and the casserole is heated through.

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I have several favorite tater tot recipes, and since this one is different, I have to try it. I think tater tot casseroles are wonderful because they usually have enough ingredients to make a complete meal. There's just something about the texture of tater tots that make them my favorite potato.

Maybe I'm just a touch on the biased side but I think tater tots go really well with just about anything. And if they don't...they probably should. This recipe to me, is like a modern day shepherds pie with cheese. The corn I can do without but the green beans and cheese in combination has to no doubt be a big winner at any dinner table.

This dish made my tummy rumble and realise I'm quite hungry. It looks delish. I think I would the tater tots on top but we don't get those in South Africa. What I will do, I think, is make a mixture of fresh breadcrumbs and grated cheddar for the topping which comes out nice and crispy when broiled for a couple of minutes just before serving.

We love anything with hamburger and potatoes, and this recipe sounds like a delicious addition to our dinner menu. It kind of reminds me of an updated Shepard's pie recipe. I suppose you could use just about any vegetable you wanted. I'm excited to try the green beans to see how it tastes. Nice post!

I've lived in Minnesota all my life, and what my family has used in this is not the green beans and corn kernels, but half a package of frozen mixed vegetables.

I made a similar dish to this over the summer but it didn't have the corn or the bean in it which sounds great to me but probably not my kids! I love an easy casserole. I do have a vegetarian daughter though and I wonder if I could use the vegetarian beef crumbles in a smaller size version for her? She might like the added vegetables in there as well.

Anything with tater tots is an A in my book. I think this was an amazing dish!

For me, this was a very odd-tasting combination of flavors. The green beans were my favorite part, though--they cooked to the perfect texture!

I was surprised that I actually like most of the flavors of this casserole. I could have done without the green beans mixed in, though.

I wasn't a fan of the peas, ground beef, and tater tots combination. I think I would have preferred them served separately, rather than together in casserole.

I was a bit wary of the combination of flavors, but it surprised me! This was a very good casserole.

I loved this. It had everything I need - meat, veggies, and potato. I thought the tater tots were the best part.


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