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Green Bean Tater Tot Casserole layers creamy ground beef with green beans, cheese, and tater tots for an easy family friendly dinner!

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Nothing says high class like a casserole topped with tater tots. Am I right?

When I was 12 years old Green Bean Tater Tot Casserole was my favorite dinner. This should surprise no one. What 12 year old wouldn’t go nuts for this? It’s like eating a cheeseburger, except instead of a bun you get crispy tater tots.

Don’t tell me you aren’t dreaming about a cheeseburger on a tater tot bun now. (Note to self: figure out how to make tater tot buns. Sell them to Red Robin. Make millions of dollars. Move to the beach and spend the remainder of my life reading novels and eating tater tots. End note.)

I was curious to see if this childhood favorite was still as delicious as I remembered it. I went to my most trusted source for the recipe–my mom–but I decided to do a little Internet research to see if there were other versions out there.

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Turns out, people have strong feelings about their tater tot casserole. I read more than a few message boards filled with arguments about whether the casserole should have green beans or corn, cheese or French Fried Onions, tater tots on the top or tater tots mixed into the filling.

What did I learn from my research? Don’t mess with someone’s beloved casserole recipe. There will be hell to pay.

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My Favorite Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

In the end, I decided to stick with the tried and true recipe of my youth with only a few minor changes. I make my tater tot casserole with ground beef, sour cream, mushroom soup, cheese, and green beans. I prefer the casserole to be layered with tater tots on top, because my 31 year old self still believes golden crispy tots are one of life’s greatest pleasure.

This recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and is made with freezer and pantry staples, which is why it was a go-to for my parents and remains a go-to for me today.

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How to Make Tater Tot Casserole with Green Beans

  1. Brown the ground beef or hamburger with a diced yellow onion.
  2. Once the beef is browned, combine it with the sour cream and cream of mushroom soup. This is the base of the casserole.
  3. Scatter the green beans over top of the beef mixture. I prefer low sodium canned green beans, but thawed frozen green beans also work.
  4. Sprinkle the green beans with shredded cheese or top with American cheese slices.
  5. Top the casserole with tater tots and bake until you’ve got a bubbly, melty, crispy tater tot casserole!

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Tater Tot Casserole Variations

  • Tater Tot Casserole with Veggies: Feel free to add more canned or frozen vegetables to the green bean layer or swap them with the veggies of your choice. Be sure to season them so they don’t taste bland!
  • Vegetarian Tater Tot Casserole: We’ve made meatless tater tot casserole a few times now with great success. Simply substitute 2 pounds of mushrooms sautéed in butter for the meat layer.
  • Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole: In my opinion, all great tater tot casseroles have cheese, but the fun is in experimenting with your favorites. Feel free to try different combinations. Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, Mexican Cheese Blend, and American are all favorites of ours.
  • Taco Tater Tot Casserole is perfect when you’re looking for a spicy tater tot casserole!
  • Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole is a make ahead friendly tater tot casserole you can serve on busy mornings.
  • Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is another great option when you’re not in the mood for beef.

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Can I Make Casserole Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! You can brown the beef and layer the casserole several hours or days before you’re ready to bake, but I do leave the tater tots off of the casserole until it’s ready to go in the oven.

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Can I Freeze Tater Tot Casserole?

Yes! Tater tot casserole can be frozen fully assembled. I have frozen it in 9×13 inch glass pans, aluminum disposable pans, or in 2 9 inch pie plates. Just be sure to use a tightly fitting lid or saran wrap covered with foil and defrost it in the fridge overnight.

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Casserole for a Crowd

This recipe can feed a lot of people (I’d say around 12). That said, it’s easy to cut in half if you don’t need to feed a small army. I like to make the full recipe and put it in two 8 inch square or 9 inch round plates then freeze the second one for a later time. It’s the same amount of work for two meals!

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Green Bean Tater Tot Casserole

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

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Total Time: 1 hour

Classic Tater Tot Casserole combines creamy ground beef with green beans, cheese, and tater tots for an easy and family friendly weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cans low sodium green beans (or 16 oz package frozen green beans)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used a mixture of mild and sharp)
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet brown beef and onions until no pink remains, about 10 minutes. Drain the fat. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place meat mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan or two 8 inch pans or 2 9 inch pie plates.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together cream soup, sour cream, and milk. Pour over hamburger.
  3. Scatter green beans over top of the soup mixture.
  4. Scatter shredded cheese over green beans.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake. Allow frozen casserole to thaw in the fridge overnight before baking. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange tater tots on top of the cheese. If you are taking it straight from the fridge, place the pan in the oven right away so it can warm up with the oven. Bake until mixture is bubbly and the tots are golden brown, about 45 minutes to an hour if coming from the fridge, or 40 minutes if it's baked while the beef is still warm.

Notes

For a vegetarian version replace meat with 2 pounds of fresh sliced mushrooms sauteed in 1 Tablespoon butter and 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 767mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 33g

Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.

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FAQs

How do you keep green bean casserole from getting mushy? ›

If your topping is soggy, it's probably because the casserole itself is too wet. Before you add your topping try to thicken the casserole up with flour or cornstarch so the topping sits on top and doesn't sink to the bottom.

Can you overcook green bean casserole? ›

Boil or steam your green beans just until they're fork tender. Don't overcook them or you'll end up with a mushy casserole in the end.

How do you make Alton Brown's green bean casserole? ›

And last but not least a pound of fresh green beans trimmed and halved. Step one bring three quarts

Can you mix together green bean casserole the night before? ›

ASSEMBLE AHEAD OF TIME (UNCOOKED)

This is the method I use for my own holiday dinner plans, and it works perfectly. Assemble casserole, making sure to leave off the onion topping. Cover dish tightly with foil and refrigerate up to 3 days. Remove casserole from refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Why is my green bean casserole so soupy? ›

If you've ever cooked green bean casserole, you know its consistency should be thick and saucy, not thin and watery, as EatingWell points out. One common cause of a wet, soupy casserole is undercooking the vegetable ingredients on the stovetop.

How long in advance can I make green bean casserole? ›

Make ahead instructions for French's green bean casserole

Add them during the last few minutes of reheating so they can get crunchy and golden brown. Bake and refrigerate: Allow the dish to cool before covering with foil and placing it in the refrigerator up to 3 days in advance. Heat in the oven until warmed through.

How do you know when green bean casserole is done? ›

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What goes good with green bean casserole? ›

Green bean casserole is usually served as a side dish, but it can also be a main course. It goes well with roasted chicken, grilled steak, baked salmon, or roasted turkey. You can also pair it with rice, quinoa, or couscous. For a more filling meal, you can add some chopped cooked bacon or crumbled sausage.

How do you fix a watery casserole? ›

Whisk a teaspoon of flour in a little cold water to make a slurry, then stir into the stew as it's cooking. Don't add dry flour directly to the stew as it may clump. After adding the slurry, bring the stew to boil. This will cook out the flour taste and allow the starch to swell.

How many cups of green beans in a can? ›

In an average size of canned green beans, there are about 1 ¾ cups of green beans. The average can of green beans is 14.5 ounces.

How do you freeze green beans so they stay crisp? ›

Freeze the green beans: Place the beans in quart-size freezer bags. Fill the bag about 3/4 full so that you can flatten them slightly to stack in the freezer. Squeeze out any excess air as you secure the seal. Label and date each bag, then place them in the freezer for up to 12 months.

How many calories are in green bean casserole? ›

Classic Green Bean Casserole serves up 227 calories, 15.4 g fat and 624 mg sodium, among other not-so-heart-healthy numbers.

How many cans of green beans is 4 cups? ›

✿ 4 cups of green beans is about 1½ pounds fresh or 16 ounces frozen or 2 cans (15 ounces each) drained.

How long can uncooked green bean casserole sit out? ›

Heat-Loving Bacteria

To prevent growth of bacteria, throw out cooked snap beans that sit at room temperature longer than two hours, including the time the green beans were on the table.

Can you prep green bean casserole the day before? ›

They will be soggy, whether you freeze or refrigerate the green bean casserole. This is really the only part of the dish that you need to be careful about making up ahead of time. You can actually make up the entire green bean casserole and leave off the crispy French onions and then store the casserole in your fridge.

How do I thicken a casserole in the oven? ›

Make a cornstarch slurry for a fast and easy thickener.

Use one tablespoon of cornstarch per cup of liquid you would like to thicken. Stir out all the lumps. A few minutes before your casserole is done, add it a little at a time until you are happy with the thickness. Then, let the casserole finish baking.

Can you freeze green bean casserole? ›

Can you freeze green bean casserole? Yes, you can freeze green bean casserole, although you are correct in assuming that the crispy topping, typically made with crisp fried onions and Panko bread crumbs, will go soggy after freezing.

How do you transport green bean casserole? ›

"The best way to transport a hot casserole is to keep it in the casserole dish and wrap it up with tin foil, then wrap it again with cling film," he says.

What is the minimum hot holding temperature for a green bean casserole? ›

Hot TCS food must be held at an internal temperature of 135°F (57°C) or higher. Cooked beans are a TCS food.

What are French cut green beans? ›

French-cut is just a fancy term for julienne or thinly sliced. Because of their slender shape, they cook faster than whole beans and offer a unique visual presentation.

How long blanch green beans? ›

While you're waiting for the water to be ready for blanching green beans, fill a large bowl with ice water. Working in batches, carefully lower the green beans into the boiling water. Boil small beans for 2 minutes, medium beans for 3 minutes, and large beans for 4 minutes.

Do you thaw frozen green beans before cooking? ›

Frozen green beans require minimal prep time because you don't have to thaw them before cooking. However, if you blanch green beans before freezing them, you'll need to reduce the total cooking time to prevent overcooking.

Can vs frozen green beans? ›

Canned: In general, frozen vegetables are better than canned. Fresh vegetables are blanched before freezing, and they do lose some nutrients but not a lot. Produce frozen right at its peak has more nutrients than produce that is picked too early, held, and shipped for thousands of miles.

What is in a casserole? ›

In the United States, a casserole or hot dish is typically a baked food with three main components: pieces of meat (such as chicken or ground meat) or fish (such as tuna) or other protein (such as beans or tofu), various chopped or canned vegetables (such as green beans or peas), and a starchy binder (such as flour, ...

Should a casserole be covered when baking? ›

Generally, casseroles with grains, rice or pasta that will cook during the baking process are usually covered, for at least part of the time. Casseroles made of cooked ingredients are usually baked uncovered. If you like a crisper, browner top, be sure the casserole is uncovered for at least part of the bake time.

Does a casserole cook faster covered or uncovered? ›

Things like stews, soups, and cassoulets should always be covered when you cook them. Other recipes, like lasagna and macaroni and cheese casseroles, will be covered for part of the cooking time, then uncovered for delicious browning at the end.

What is the best way to thicken a casserole? ›

Use 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp butter to start and whisk it in bit by bit, then make more if you need to. Make sure you boil the liquid for a couple of minutes to cook out any raw flour.

How do you jazz up green beans from a can? ›

Garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper are all fantastic additions to make your green beans taste fresh and delicious.

How can I dress up canned green beans? ›

Instructions
  1. Drain half of the liquid out of the green beans.
  2. Pour the green beans and the reserved half of the canning liquid into a skillet.
  3. Add butter, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until almost all of the cooking liquid has evaporated.
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Are canned green beans already cooked? ›

Here's a couple of things to know about canned vegetables. They're already cooked. When you're cooking them, really, you're warming them up. So don't overcook!

Is it safe to freeze green beans without blanching? ›

There's no need to blanch green beans before freezing them. I tested it both ways, out of curiosity, and I actually prefer the beans that were frozen without any sort of cooking first. To freeze green beans, all you have to do is cut them, then arrange them in a single layer on a pan lined with parchment paper.

Should I blanch green beans before freezing? ›

You don't need to boil green beans before freezing. By boiling green beans for 2 minutes and then draining and placing them in a bowl of ice cold water you very slightly cook and soften the beans. This way green beans still retain their original texture and bright green color (not turn dark brownish green).

Can I freeze cooked green beans and potatoes? ›

How to Store: The ham, green beans, and potatoes stew will hold well in the refrigerator covered up for up to 5 days. It will also freeze well covered for up to 3 months.

How long can you eat green bean casserole? ›

Arguably best made with canned green beans, a green bean casserole and other cooked casseroles will last four days in the fridge.

How many calories are in 2 cups of green bean casserole? ›

Calories in Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup serving) kec
Calories115.8
Cholesterol2.2 mg
Sodium772.2 mg
Potassium75.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate12.0 g
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How many calories do deviled eggs have? ›

64 Calories
Fat5.4 g
Carbs0.3 g
Fiber0 g
Protein3.1 g

How do you fix a watery casserole? ›

Whisk a teaspoon of flour in a little cold water to make a slurry, then stir into the stew as it's cooking. Don't add dry flour directly to the stew as it may clump. After adding the slurry, bring the stew to boil. This will cook out the flour taste and allow the starch to swell.

How do you know when green bean casserole is done? ›

Checking If Green Bean Casserole Is Done Cooking - YouTube

What goes good with green bean casserole? ›

Green bean casserole is usually served as a side dish, but it can also be a main course. It goes well with roasted chicken, grilled steak, baked salmon, or roasted turkey. You can also pair it with rice, quinoa, or couscous. For a more filling meal, you can add some chopped cooked bacon or crumbled sausage.

Can green bean casserole be frozen? ›

Can you freeze green bean casserole? Yes, you can freeze green bean casserole, although you are correct in assuming that the crispy topping, typically made with crisp fried onions and Panko bread crumbs, will go soggy after freezing.

Should a casserole be covered when baking? ›

Generally, casseroles with grains, rice or pasta that will cook during the baking process are usually covered, for at least part of the time. Casseroles made of cooked ingredients are usually baked uncovered. If you like a crisper, browner top, be sure the casserole is uncovered for at least part of the bake time.

Does a casserole cook faster covered or uncovered? ›

Things like stews, soups, and cassoulets should always be covered when you cook them. Other recipes, like lasagna and macaroni and cheese casseroles, will be covered for part of the cooking time, then uncovered for delicious browning at the end.

What is the best way to thicken a casserole? ›

Use 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp butter to start and whisk it in bit by bit, then make more if you need to. Make sure you boil the liquid for a couple of minutes to cook out any raw flour.

How many cans of green beans is 4 cups? ›

✿ 4 cups of green beans is about 1½ pounds fresh or 16 ounces frozen or 2 cans (15 ounces each) drained.

Are canned green beans cooked? ›

You don't have to heat canned green beans before serving them. You can serve them directly from the can. They're already cooked before canning. However, they do taste much better if they are heated prior to serving.

How many cups are in a can of beans? ›

Finally, to answer the part about the can: The most common can size for beans is about 15 ounces, which, once drained, contains approximately 1.5 cups or 9 ounces of beans (this holds across all bean types I tested).

Do you thaw frozen green beans before cooking? ›

Frozen green beans require minimal prep time because you don't have to thaw them before cooking. However, if you blanch green beans before freezing them, you'll need to reduce the total cooking time to prevent overcooking.

Can vs frozen green beans? ›

Canned: In general, frozen vegetables are better than canned. Fresh vegetables are blanched before freezing, and they do lose some nutrients but not a lot. Produce frozen right at its peak has more nutrients than produce that is picked too early, held, and shipped for thousands of miles.

How long blanch green beans? ›

While you're waiting for the water to be ready for blanching green beans, fill a large bowl with ice water. Working in batches, carefully lower the green beans into the boiling water. Boil small beans for 2 minutes, medium beans for 3 minutes, and large beans for 4 minutes.

Should I cook green bean casserole before freezing? ›

Homemade green bean casserole gives rich traditional flavor but is fresh and better than the condensed soup version. Make ahead and freeze. Holiday side dishes, appetizers and baked treats are some of my favorite experiences during the holidays.

Can you reheat green bean casserole? ›

To preserve the delightful combination of creamy green beans and crunchy topping, it's best to reheat green bean casserole in the oven. Heating in the microwave works in a pinch, but you'll lose the crunch. Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the topping from burning. Heat for about 20-30 minutes at 350º.

Can you freeze already cooked green beans? ›

Yes! Blanching green beans lightly cooks them without breaking them down too much. If you want to freeze a fully cooked green bean dish, like a green bean casserole, you can totally still do it—just keep in mind that the green beans will have a softer, more watery texture when you thaw and reheat.

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