Need a warm, comforting meal that will win smiles around the dinner table? This Tater Tot Casserole is it!
I love finding ways to incorporate veggies into my family’s meals. Although my kids don’t necessarily get excited about veggies, they are much less likely to complain when I add veggies to a casserole with other ingredients. There’s something about the combo of cheesy tater tots, hamburger, mixed veggies and creamy soup that just makes you grin from ear to ear.
I grew up on casseroles and I love that my kids get to enjoy them on-the-regular too. One of the ways my mom showed her love was by making us delicious food, and I feel like I show my love for my kids and husband in a similar way. I love to see their reaction, while sitting around the dinner table, to something new and exciting that I’ve cooked up. When they’re happy about dinner, I’m happy about dinner. 🙂
Food has a way of bringing us together and enabling us to make sweet memories in the kitchen. I distinctly remember sitting down to this Chicken Salad Casserole, this Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, and this Hamburger Corn Casserole with my siblings, growing up. We were always ravenous by the time dinner rolled around. We were very active kids-always outside running around, playing hide-and-seek, kickball, or tag.
I don’t think I ever fully appreciated my mom making us dinner, night after night, until I got married and had my own family to make dinner for night after night. 🙂 Now that I completely comprehend all the time and effort that goes into creating a warm meal, I cherish the acts of service my mom performed, day after day, in the kitchen on her family’s behalf.
I originally prepared this casserole with regular tater tots, but then I decided afterwards that seasoned tater tots would make it even better. Trust me, use the seasoned tater tots. I feel like this casserole has the perfect blend of meat and veggies with things kids get really excited about (tater tots and cheese). I know your family’s going to love it too!
You could swap the ground beef for chicken, if you’d like. And feel free to add whatever veggies you prefer, as well. I opted to use peas and carrots, but there’s no wrong answer. If you choose to use chicken, you can sub in cream of chicken for the cream of celery. This dish is so versatile!
Dig in and enjoy!