I love casseroles! They are such an easy, comforting, one dish meal that typically most people like. I’ve tried other tater tot casseroles in the past but nothing that really stood out and made me want to replicate. I’m not a huge fan of the cream soups and I think that might be the reason that I’m not wild about the ones I’ve tried before. This one however, doesn’t even claim to be a tater tot casserole, but the original name for it was “cowboy lasagna”. It essentially is a tater tot casserole but with a lot more cheese, no cream soups, and it uses mozzarella instead of your traditional cheddar cheese. We really enjoyed it and my husband had seconds, which is always a good indication that a recipe is a keeper.
* 1 pound of lean ground beef
* 1/2 a large onion, minced
* 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tbsp. parsley
* 3/4 tbsp. ground mustard
* salt and pepper to taste
* one can of corn, drained
* 1 can of condensed tomato soup (don’t add any water to it)
* 1 package of frozen tater tots (32 oz).
* 3-4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat your oven to 350F. Then, begin by heating up some oil in a large skillet and sautéing your onions for about 3-4 minutes.
Add in your ground beef, Worcestershire, parsley, ground mustard, salt and pepper, and cook until your beef is browned. Drain the excess fat and return to the pan.
Add the can of tomato soup and the can of drained corn to your beef mixture. Mix it up and simmer for about 10 minutes.
While your meat is simmering, grease a 9 x 13-inch pan and arrange the frozen tater tots in a single layer covering the bottom of the pan. Cover the tater tots with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the mozzarella. Once your meat is done, taste and adjust the seasoning. I used a bit too much mustard at first so I had to add some more salt and pepper to even out the flavors.
Pour the ground beef mixture over the cheese layer and top with your remaining cheese. There is no need to cover your dish while it bakes. The cheese will get a nice golden color to it, which in my opinion, makes it even yummier and more visually appealing.
Bake your casserole for about 30 minutes, you want to ensure that the tater tots are fully cooked through.