Homemade Tator Tot Hotdish

Kicked Up Tator Tot Hotdish

Kicked Up Tator Tot Hotdish

This Homemade Tator Tot Hotdish is made without cream of soup from a can! It’s full of flavor and packed with beef, veggies, cheese and a homemade sauce then topped with lots to tots. It’s an easy weeknight dinner that feeds a crowd.

Growing up, I ate my fair share of tator tot hotdish. It’s simple to make and my whole family loves it. So, it was one of my mom’s go-to dinners, which I was 100% happy with.

Kicked Up Tator Tot Hotdish

My mom always made the hotdish using packets of Lipton Onion Soup by adding it to the ground beef for flavor. But, as I was reading the ingredients on the box, I realized it’s basically just onion powder and garlic powder. So, I just subbed the Lipton Onion Soup for the real deal, diced onion and minced garlic.

Another key ingredient that I changed up from my mom’s original recipe was the sauce. My mom always used cream of chicken soup, and you guessed it, I decided to make my own cream of soup!

Kicked Up Tator Tot Hotdish

But, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against using Lipton Onion Soup and canned cream of soup, it’s quick and easy when you’re rushed on time. It’s there as back up 😉 And honestly, when I used to make Tator Tot Hotdish with Lipton and cream of chicken, people were always asking for the recipe. Even more so, people who claimed they didn’t even like tator tot hotdish, always ended up liking it when I (or my mom) made it. Now, I think I’ve made it even better, and I’m excited to share it with all of you!

P.S. If you’re looking for a breakfast version, I have the best recipe for a Next-Level Cheesy Breakfast Tator Tot Skillet that you NEED to try!

Kicked Up Tator Tot Hotdish

Homemade Tator Tot Hotdish




Yield 6-8 servings

Tator Tot hotdish made without cream of soup from a can! This easy hotdish is full of flavor and packed with beef, veggies, cheese and a homemade sauce then topped with lots to tots. Easy weeknight dinner to feed a crowd.


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen green beans
  • 1 bag (16 ounes) frozen corn
  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen tator tots
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, shredded

Creamy Sauce:

  • 1 ¾ cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add ground beef and diced onion to a large frying pan over medium-heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook beef and onions for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Right before beef is about done, add minced garlic, worcestershire and soy sauce, and cook for about another minute until beef is no longer pink. 
  4. Evenly spread beef mixture into bottom of a 9x13 inch (3 quart) baking dish. Then evenly cover beef with frozen green beans and corn.

Creamy Sauce:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring chicken stock to a light boil. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, and worcestershire. Gradually add flour to milk mixture and whisk until flour is dissolved and milk starts to thicken.
  2. Add milk and flour mixture to chicken stock while whisking fast to combine until sauce bubbles and becomes thick, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, and whisk in cheese until melted.
  4. Evenly pour sauce mixture over the vegetables in baking dish. 

Finish assembling and bake:

  1. Spread frozen tator tots over the top of the sauce.
  2. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove tinfoil and sprinkle 2 cups shredded cheese over the top of the tator tots, and return to oven without tinfoil and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is melted and tator tots are crispy.

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