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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.

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

Best Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish

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  • 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
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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


  • 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!