Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater tots, ground turkey and cheese come together in a unique way in this delicious Tater Tot Casserole. This is my kids’ favorite dinner! 

Tater tots, ground turkey and cheese come together in a unique way in this delicious Tater Tot Casserole. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com 

I want to dedicate this recipe to my oldest daughter Kelsey. This is her favorite meal I make! She asks for it all the time. Kelsey is very special to me. I have basically raised her since she was 2 years old.

Kelsey is my husband’s first daughter from a relationship he was in before we met. I can remember the night I met her like it was yesterday. Kale brought her over to my house to meet me and was holding her in his arms. I remember her looking up at me, giving me a big smile, and then buried her head in his shoulder. It was so cute! She could barely talk at the time so I remember asking Kale, “What did she say?” When she would try and tell me things. He always knew exactly what she was saying. He was such a good Dad.

My husband was raising Kelsey on his own. Her mother chose to not be in her life and it broke my heart. Watching him take care of her and seeing the way he adored and protected her was one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. I knew one day if we ever had our own kids he would be such a great father. 😀 

My little Kelsey is so smart! She is one of the top students in her class. Ever since she was in Kindergarten, and now in 2nd grade, every teacher has told Kale and I how intelligent she is. I am very proud of her and am so proud to say that she is my daughter. I love you Kels!

Here is her favorite dinner:

Tater tots, ground turkey and cheese come together in a unique way in this delicious Tater Tot Casserole. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com


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Tater Tot Casserole

Course Casserole, Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Holly


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 bag (2 pounds) frozen tater tots
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of Chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, crumble and brown the ground turkey until thoroughly cooked. Drain any grease.
  • Pour and spread the cooked ground turkey into the greased baking dish.
  • Pour the frozen tater tots evenly over the turkey, spreading them out evenly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the soups and evaporated milk together. After well mixed, pour the mixture evenly over the tater tots.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. If using cheese, sprinkle cheese all over the top then put back in oven for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
Tater tots, ground turkey and cheese come together in a unique way in this delicious Tater Tot Casserole. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com



Dinner casserole with tater tots, ground turkey and cheese.
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17 thoughts on “Tater Tot Casserole

  1. So glad you posted this one because I’ve heard you talk about it so much! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. We had this for dinner tonight, only with ground beef instead of turkey. We really liked it! It took a while to get my kids to try it, but I think we’ll be having it often. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. I had a buch of frozen tater tots, but I had no idea on how to prepare them…then I thought I set my oven to 400 degrees forAproxx 30 minutes. That did the trick. Unfourtunatly, I had too many tater tots so much, they couldn’t even fit in my freezer. Days, weeks went by, they were going bad. Out in next week’s trash, they went! If I looked this recipe up sooner, I would have something to make them with. Instead of them being wasted. 🙁

  4. I made this and substituted the ground turkey for maple flavored breakfast sausage–it made an amazing breakfast casserole!!!

  5. I love this recipe. I love this blog. I love that all this has really worked out for you Holly. You deserve it. I remember when I had my son and while the hormones were regulating I was going back to work with a 12 week old…heartbreaking as it was I found guidance via your blog — it helped me keep motivated.

    So as I make your recipes, I share my experience on my little blog. I made this delicious tater tot casserole (made this many times before) but documented it for my blog:


    Thanks again.

    1. Chris, thank you so much for this amazing comment. It’s people like you, that inspire me to keep going! I can definitely understand what you went through, going back to work with a new baby. It was so hard working when my kids were so little. Thanks so much for your kind words. I will definitely come check out your blog!

  6. I love this recipe so creamy so good the best recipe ever.I have tried others this was the best .I did make 2 small change use cream of celery instead of cream of chicken used ground beef n sasage instead of turkey .Very yummy .Thankyou Holly you are a great cook

  7. So it was the night before Thanksgiving and I wanted to make something for breakfast. But I’m a dad with limited cooking skills. I followed this recipe to a t however I did substitute the meat with the Maple sausage and chopped it up fine and spread it across the bottom. Then I added bacon on top of the cheese for the last 15 minutes. just did a trial run and it tastes amazing and I’m positive everyone will love it tomorrow. Thank you very much for the recipe!

  8. I tried this recipe as is. I loved it, something about it my son didn’t care for so I am going to play with it trying it using ground beef and cream of celery instead of cream of mushroom. Also, trying it with maple sausage and bacon as other reviews suggested.

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