Best Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish

March 19, 2018 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Best Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish is what we are searching for and it was found with homemade ingredients. This casserole recipe is definitely something special and unique. Find out why and get the recipe.

tater tot hotdish on a turquoise plate and a spoon. The serving dish and milk is in the background

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, the past few weeks have culminated in the recipe we are sharing today. We have looked at the history of the hotdish, made the first printed hotdish, and have made the elements of our hotdish. Today, we are putting our pieces of the puzzle together and making our best homemade tater tot hotdish. We are getting nerdy about this. Everything is from scratch in this recipe. Go Straight To The Recipe.

The Tater Tot Recipe

We previously made homemade tater tots, and we are going to ask you to make a double batch of that recipe for this from scratch hotdish. You can either make these at the same time or you can premake these little guys anytime before and include them in this recipe. While I am not a regular at the deep fat fryer, it was fun to take a stab at making tater tots. As an alternative, you can use a one-pound bag of tots. Yes, it is easier to pull out a bag of the premade stuff, but this particular recipe isn’t really constructed for premade. We are doing things from scratch today.

cooking some green beens in a pan

The Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

It should not shock you that we made our own cream of mushroom soup recipe, as well. This recipe is going to make it into regular rotation in our house. It is super tasty and there are some variations of this that would make it great for gravy and the like. With a vegetarian in the house, gravy can sometimes be an obstacle and this had a great base for making a veggie gravy. Not to mention, the soup is excellent. This is another one that you could either make previously or include as part of making this. I understand that there might be lots of dishes accumulating for this recipe.

mixing all the baked items in the casserole dish

Veggies For Our Best Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish

This really is up to personal preference. I am going to use 1 cup of corn that we harvested this last fall and froze. We are also going to use half a pound of sauteed fresh green beans. You want the equivalent of 4 servings of veggies, as our final product makes 4 servings and I figure one serving of veggies per serving is about right.

completed tater tot hotdish on some wood panels with mushrooms, green beans, and a wood spoon in the background

While the traditional hotdish really gets a bad wrap from foodies, I think making this dish from scratch really brings an interesting dimension to hotdish. Our best homemade tater tot hotdish has all of the flavors of a traditional tater tot hotdish, but really steps up the fresh game. It might not be perfect, but I think our version really shows that maybe there can be something beautiful in the hotdish.


Best Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish

tater tot hotdish on a turquoiseplate and a spoon. The serving dish and milk is in the background

This from-scratch Tater Tot Hotdish is not a dump recipe, but bringing the hotdish game to a whole other level. From potatoes and Mushrooms to Tater Tot Hotdish

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 90 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Double Batch of Tater Tots
  • 1 batch Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Pound Green Beans, Trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese


  1. Prepare Tater Tots as instructed
  2. Prepare Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup as instructed
  3. Cook Ground beef and drain
  4. Preheat oven to 350
  5. Cut green beans into 1 inch segments
  6. Add Olive oil to saute
  7. Heat Saute Pan to medium
  8. Add green beans and cook until tender, approximately 5 minutes
  9. In 8×8 Casserole dish. Mix beef, veggies, and hamburger.
  10. Top with tater tots
  11. Bake for 35 minutes
  12. Remove from oven and add cheese to top
  13. Bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted
  14. Remove from Oven and serve

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  • Reply
    Marie @ Yay! For Food
    March 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I never heard of the term hotdish before; we just call it a casserole where I live (Canada). This looks like hearty comfort food to me and perfect to feed the whole family. Love that you included from-scratch recipes for tater tots and cream of mushroom soup too.

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    March 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    This is some serious dude food right here! My dude would love it (and so would I!). This is the classic comfort food dish that I will be pinning and sharing asap 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    March 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Loooooove that this is totally from scratch, especially the cream of mushroom soup. I usually don’t make hotdishes because of all the processed ingredients, but I think I have to make this one now! Plus, it looks *amazing*!

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    March 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. It really looks tasty!

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    March 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    This screams comfort food! Those tater tots look freaking amazing. Trying this soon!

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    March 19, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    This is the ultimate comfort food! I need to make this tater tot goodness!

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    March 19, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Maybe I’m not a good food snob. Probably because I’m from the Midwest. But this is amazing. I have loved watching the journey of this hotdish! (Though I would call it a casserole because I’m from Missouri). Bravo. Seriously this is great!

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      March 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley!

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    Patti @Patty Cake's Pantry
    March 20, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I’ve never actually eaten a tater tot casserole–scratch made or otherwise. This recipe looks amazing, and there are several components in this recipe that I can adapt and use in other recipes, as you recommended. I am particularly smitten with your homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe. It may find its way into several of my recipes. I also plan to make this recipe for a friend of mine who avoids any processed food, but says that she sometimes misses the processed foods of her youth. This recipe is the perfect solution.

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    March 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    What a great family recipe. Full of flavor and vegetables.
    As a mum I am always looking for more ways to get veg into our weekly menu,

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    March 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Okay. I’m intrigued. I’ve never heard of hotdish. I too make soup like you do, I prefer to know what goes in condensed soup!! And homemade tater tots? Yum. This looks fun and delicious not to mention pure comfort food!

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    Jessica Robinson
    March 23, 2018 at 9:47 am

    What a great way to combine all of your amazing recipes into one fabulous dish! Love a great tater tot casserole! Looks like such a great comfort dish for these cold, windy days we’ve been having!

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    March 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Oh my gosh. Definitely NEED this in my life! Looks so hearty and delicious. My hubs would love it, too!

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    Kiki Johnson
    March 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Your kind of introduced me to the whole hotdish thing with your Chow Mein Hotdish last week and here’s already another delicious looking recipe! I LOVE the sound of this one even better as I have a serious thing for tater tots! My mouth is watering!

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    prasanna hede
    March 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    omg this seriously looks awesome! Amazing recipe with tater tots!Will keep this on my list.

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    March 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Would you believe that there are some food snobs out there that frown at the term casserole? Oh, but they would gobble down lasagna, eggplant parmesan, etc. Like that isn’t a casserole. Well, a rose or a casserole or hotdish by any other name is still a delicious food. Your hotdish sounds great — a meal that all families would enjoy!!

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    Jessica Pinney
    March 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Whoa! You’ve really taken tater tots to the next level here! I love how easy this easy to put together and toss and the oven. I’m going to have to give it a try.

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    March 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    YES all day long!! Love that this is all homemade and no soup from a can! This is definitely a comforting dish and perfect for cold days to keep warm… and those tater tots!!!!!

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    Kat Jeter
    March 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Tater Tots are my weakness. I seriously cannot resist anything that involves those little golden bites of heaven. This looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

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    Ashley Myhre
    April 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    OMG, this was so good. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it!

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    Greg Snyder, Microwave Chef Emeritus
    October 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Your recipe took me back, way back. The 1st time I heard the word, I was eating dinner at my 7th grade buddy’s. At the table, his dad asked him to “pass the hotdish”, nodding at the casserole before us.

    I never heard the word for the next 60yrs ’til now. Thanks for thememory–and the recipe!

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