Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect comforting family friendly dish - all made low calorie friendly with lean seasoned ground beef with carrots and corn in a creamy sauce, topped with melted cheese and golden crispy tater tots.
Everyone loves a tater tot, so there is nothing better than using them as a topping for pie instead of a traditional topping like pastry or mashed potatoes. It's an effortless easy recipe to make any night of the week.
What are Tater Tots?
Tater tots are just like mini hash browns - grated potatoes formed into cylinder shapes with a crispy golden exterior and fluffy on the inside interior. Created by Ore-Ida an American brand of potato based frozen foods.
In the UK you will find these are called Hash Brown Bites - all supermarkets have their own versions, but if you prefer you can also use a smaller amount of regular hash browns.
Have you tried these homemade Hash Browns on Slimming Eats?
What is Tater Tot Casserole?
There are various different versions of tater tot casserole, from ones with ground beef like the recipe here, to breakfast versions, loaded versions and even veggies versions.
They are most commonly served as a side to breakfast items, but a great topping for pies too.
Ingredients for Tater Tot Casserole
for my version of this tater tot casserole you will need to grab the following ingredients:
- extra lean ground beef
- tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- chicken stock
- frozen sweet corn
- light garlic and herb cream cheese
- tater tots or hash brown bites
- spring onions or chives
See the recipe card for full quantities.
Once all the ingredients are prepared, you can get ready to make this easy recipe in the Air Fryer.
How many Calories is in this Tater Tot Casserole?
This delicious Tater Tot Casserole is only 441 calories per serving. Paired with a healthy portion of vegetables you will have yourself a filling meal that doesn't compromise on flavour, doesn't feel like diet food and is suitable for the whole family.
What Cream Cheese is used?
For this recipe I use Light Philadelphia Herb and Garlic cream cheese - some supermarkets do their own version of this too.
If you can't get Herb and Garlic cream cheese, just add a 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of onion powder to plain light cream cheese (amount needed for this recipe) and mix to combine.
Can I use Quark?
I don't recommend using quark in this recipe, it's not the same as cream cheese and has a more sour taste, it can also sometimes split in sauce when heated for a long period which is not desirable.
Sides for Tater Tot Casserole
It is always a good idea to serve a main course we a good portion of vegetable to balance out your plate and make it a more filling meal. This means you don't have to deprive yourself of all the foods you love if you stick to smaller sensible portions that fit within your calorie goal and pair with some vegetables.
I love to serve this along these Roasted French Green Beans - one of my favourite vegetable sides that I can pretty much eat just on their own from a plate.
But this will go well with any vegetables you like, just try to pick non starchy vegetables which are lower in calories.
More Ground Beef (Mince) Recipes
Looking for some more recipes to make with ground beef (mince)? Check out these
- Cincinnati Chili
- One Pot Creamy Harissa Beef Pasta
- Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake
- Cheeseburger in a Bowl Salad
- Cheesy Bolognese Gnocchi Bake
- Easy Asian Ground Beef Bowl
or if you would like more recipe ideas or sides to make with this recipe - head on over to the FULL RECIPE INDEX where you will find over 900 delicious recipes with calories and you can search by meal type, ingredients, course, diet and more..
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- 455g (1lb) of extra lean ground beef
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 carrot, finely diced
- 3 tablespoon of tomato paste
- ½ tablespoon of paprika (not smoked)
- ½ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup (85g) of sweet corn, frozen
- 1 cup (240ml) of chicken stock
- 60g (2oz) of light herb and garlic cream cheese
- 100g (3.5oz) of cheddar (or can use Red Leicester)
- 24 frozen tater tots or hash brown bites
- fresh chives or green onions (spring onions)
- salt and black pepper
- Heat a deep large frying pan over a medium high heat, add the ground beef, carrot, onion and garlic and fry until browned
- Add the paprika, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste (puree), stock, sweet corn and simmer until sauce thickens.
- Preheat oven to 180c fan, 200c, 400f or gas mark 6
- Stir in cream cheese until all melted.
- Transfer to an oven dish, top with the grated cheddar, and then place the tater tots on the top, season top with a pinch of salt and black pepper. .
- Bake for 30 mins until the tater tots are lovely and golden on top and cheese underneath is melted.
- Sprinkle with some chopped green onions (spring onions) or chives
Please see below for full nutritional info and additional details about recipe:
- WW Points - 12 per serving (or use extra lean ground turkey/chicken for 9 per serving)
- Calories - scroll down to nutritional info box
- Gluten Free Friendly - use gluten free stock and tater tots
- SUITABLE FOR FREEZING ❄️
Side suggestion - Serve with these Roasted French Green Beans
Swaps - swap the beef from ground turkey or chicken
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 441Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 51mgSodium 556mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 35g
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