Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Mama's Hot Dish



My mother used to make this for us kids back in the day, and I have been making it ever since. It is total comfort food for me. My husband is not as fond of it as I am, so I offered to "Mexicanize" it for him! He loved it!

We call it Tator Tot Casserole, and I am sure there are many ways to prepare it, but this is our family's way!

I still like it the traditional way, so next time I get it my way!

What you will need, depending on the size casserole you use, a 9X9 works with about 3/4 lbs of hamburger, for the 9X13 you will need about 1.5 lbs

Hamburger (I use 7%-10%)
1 bag of Tator Tots
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cheese soup
chopped onion (as much as you like)
1 can of Mexi Corn
Cheddar Cheese shredded
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (half if you are using the smaller casserole)

Pan spray the bottom of whichever size casserole dish you decide to use

Pat the raw ground beef into the bottom of the casserole, getting all the way around the edges

Spread on the onion and red bell pepper

Put on as many tator tots as you can get to fit, it is like a puzzle

Mix your two cans of soup with 1/2 can of water, each, whisk it well

Pour the soup on top of the casserole

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook at 350 for 40 minutes, remove from oven and spread some cheese on top, put back into oven for a few minutes to melt

**Some folks add green beans and mushrooms, however I am a purist**

16 comments:

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is a really interesting dish, great for weeknights. It's so nice that you were able to tweak the recipe so that it works for your husband too!

♥peachkins♥ said...

hmmnn.. this loks good but I don't think we have tater tots here..

Denise said...

This looks really good. My kids love tater tots.

Pam said...

I had the regular casserole once when I was a kid and loved it. The Mexican version sounds good too.

Debbie said...

My husband and son are huge tator tot fans...I bet they would love this!

Lynda said...

I haven't tried this, but it sounds yummy... my family loves the tots!
Thanks!

Donna-FFW said...

Back in the day.. back in the day.. back in the day.. WTH does that mean. You are a springy chicken my dear Cheryl.

This sounds like one of those meals that just screams eat me after a rather hard day, dont think odd now with that line. I should have worded it better. Im tired. XXOO to you.

Imme said...

This recipe promises to be tasty and delicious. I have a question: Being far away from Tator Tots, what could I use as a substitute?
I am sure the girls would love this.
A big hug for you.

Tina Morton said...

OHHHHHH Cheryl I just made this three days ago.. didn't add the bell pepper or the meat however wish I'd had!!! :) Keep up the good work and I tell you what.. NEXT TIME I AM AT TAMS I am comin' over to see little miss Bella Sue!!! :)

burpandslurp said...

tater tots too? FASCINATING! This is such a great mix-it-up dish!

The Blonde Duck said...

This is my new favorite thing!

Bethie said...

HOT DISH! My husband is from MN and he always calls casseroles, hot dish. I am southerner through and through and we don't eat hot dish here. LOL!! He makes his tater tot hot dish often, but I have to tell you yours looks WAAAAAY better. Shhhhh, don't tell him.

Bethie said...

HOT DISH! My husband is from MN and he always calls casseroles, hot dish. I am southerner through and through and we don't eat hot dish here. LOL!! He makes his tater tot hot dish often, but I have to tell you yours looks WAAAAAY better. Shhhhh, don't tell him.

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Levinson and Axelrod said...

Thanks for introducing this new recipe. Tator Tot Casserole seems interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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