For those looking for something a little different that should make everyone happy, the cheeseburger tater tot casserole should hit that spot. While this is definitely a guilty pleasure with little redeeming nutritional value, this casserole is meant more to be fun than to be something serious. Obviously, you can add a salad on the side/ or a vegetable to the casserole, with corn and green beans working the best, but that feels a little weird with this one. It should be noted that there are a couple of variants to this, especially for those who want to make it more like a cheeseburger tater tot casserole, but those are not necessary to enjoy this dish.
The Basic Recipe
You will need a large onion, two pounds of beef, two cans of mushroom soup, three cups of cheese, and two pounds of tater tots. It also advised that you have a butter-flavored cooking spray. Chop the onion into one-inch sections, and then put into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with water, and microwave until soft, or about eight minutes. Brown the meat. Spray a 9×13 pan. When the meat is done and drained, layer the meat, then the onions, soup, the cheese, and finally the tater tots. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then spray the tater tots and put back in for ten minutes or until crunchy.
There are a number of simple variations for those looking for something a little different. If you want a stronger onion taste, then just put them raw in the casserole. You can also split up the cheese, saving about a cup of it and replacing the spray with it. If you are feeling a little adventurous, take out the mushroom soup and replace a cup each of ketchup, mustard, and relish; mix together and then either layer it in place of the mushroom or mix it into the meat. You can also serve the casserole with a mix of the three condiments as well. As noted, you can throw a can of corn into the meat if you desire, but it may feel a little weird.
This is a great recipe, especially for those looking for something hot and gooey; kids especially like this recipe because of the mix of crunchiness and cheesiness. This is also a relatively simple recipe to fix and is usually a great guilty pleasure recipe.