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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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That bag of frozen tater tots you’ve got stashed in the freezer is the secret ingredient to make the tastiest and easiest breakfast casserole. Tots are quickly baked and lightly smashed, then loaded with eggs, veggies, ham and cheese, and baked again. The result is a delicious quiche-like dish with a crispy potato crust – that’s ready in just 45 minutes. Serve “cracked out” tater tot breakfast casserole for a relaxing weekend morning with the family or as an easy brunch all-in-one meal that everyone will love. It’s even perfect for holidays and special occasions!

a bowl of tater tot casserole with the casserole dish in the background

Crowd-Pleasing Breakfast Casserole with Tater Tots And Ham

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it isn’t always the easiest to prepare – especially if you are trying to feed several people! Which is why I have forever been a big fan of casseroles. They are typically easy to make in one dish, economical, and great to serve at gatherings.

Get ready to win breakfast with this one pan tater tot breakfast casserole! Unlike other tater tot casserole breakfast recipes that leave the tots whole, this one lightly smashes them to create a delicious crispy potato crust as the base. On top is a tender and fluffy casserole with eggs, cheddar cheese, bell peppers and onions, and cooked ham. The texture and flavor combos create an amazing breakfast casserole that everyone will devour.

And, this tater tot recipe is ideal for using up any leftover ham from Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or your family dinner. So it’s a great day-after-holiday brunch dish!

Cracked out tater tot breakfast casserole is ready to enjoy in under an hour, with or without other sides. Indeed it is a whole meal in each serving. However you serve, this baked casserole is sure to make your breakfast the most cheered meal of the day!

Looking for a non-breakfast dish that turns frozen tots into something amazing? You’ve go to try this Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer recipe!

Or serve up a main meal with Chicken Tater Tot Casserole or Easy Tater Tot Casserole with Green Beans. You will love these tater tot casserole recipes.

9 Ingredients You Need

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Whole milk
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Precooked ham
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Green onion
ingredients for this tater tot casserole recipe: tater tots, diced ham, shredded cheese, all purpose seasoning, cream, eggs, diced onion, chopped green onions, diced bell pepper

However there are lots of tweaks you can make to this list of ingredients!

How to make this easy cracked out tater tot breakfast casserole

Add tater tots to the bottom of the baking dish. Bake tater tots for 10 minutes. Prepare the egg mixture while the tater tots are baking. 

tater tots in a white baking dish

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together eggs, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, milk, bell pepper, diced onions, and seasoning. Set aside.

a bowl of eggs, bell pepper, onion, shredded cheese

After tater tots have baked, remove the casserole dish from the oven. Use a flat bottomed glass, or a metal or rubber spatula to flatten the tater tots to form a crust. Return the baking dish to the oven for 10 more minutes, until the tater tot crust is golden and slightly crisp. Remove from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 400ºF.

flattened out baked tater tots become a potato crust

Pour the egg mixture over the tater tots crust. Add diced ham. Then top with the last 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

a baking dish of breakfast tater tot casserole ready to bake

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs are set in the middle of the casserole and the top is golden and bubbly. Top with green onions before serving.

a freshly baked breakfast casserole

Store leftovers in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

How to Reheat Tater Tot casserole

Reheat any leftovers in an oven-safe container and cover them with aluminum foil. Bake the tater tot casserole at 350ºF for 15 minutes.

Recipe Variations

  • Add a kick of heat to the casserole by swapping half of the shredded cheddar cheese with shredded pepper Jack.
  • You can make this recipe with low fat milk, if you prefer. But I recommend against no fat (skim) milk.
  • We love the sweet and smoky flavor of ham, but the casserole is also delish with other cooked proteins! Add cooked and crumbled bacon or sausage, or chopped cooked chicken or turkey.
  • Or skip the meat altogether to make this a vegetarian breakfast casserole.
  • Feel free to omit the onion and/or bell pepper, if you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make tater tots crispy in the oven?

Baking tater tots at 450º makes for nice and crispy tater tots. In this breakfast casserole recipe, the tater tots are baked then flattened to form a potato crust. Then, they are baked again to make them nice and crispy.

Do tater tots have gluten?

Ore-Ida Tater Tots are naturally gluten-free, and their bags are labeled as. Their site also states that they are produced in a wheat-free facility.

Can you reheat Tater Tot casserole?

Yes, reheat any leftovers by placing them in an oven-safe container, covering them with aluminum foil, and baking at 350ºF for 15 minutes.

cracked out tater tot breakfast casserole ready to serve

Here’s The Full Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole Recipe

breakfast tater tot casserole ready to serve
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater tots are lightly smashed and loaded with eggs, veggies, ham and cheese, then baked crispy for a delicious quiche-like breakfast (or brunch!) casserole that's ready in 45 minutes.
Course Breakfast, Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Casserole, tater tots, loaded tater tots, tater tots appetizer, breakfast casserole, tater tot casserole, breakfast recipes, casserole recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 344kcal

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • Flat bottom glass, spatula, or small rolling pin

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (32 ounces) Tater tots
  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) cheddar cheese, shredded, divided (I recommend sharp cheddar cheese)
  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning
  • 16 ounces (about 2 cups) precooked ham, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion, green part chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF. Spray baking dish with cooking spray or grease with butter or cooking oil.
  • Add tater tots to the bottom of the baking dish. Bake tater tots for 10 minutes. Prepare the egg mixture while the tater tots are baking.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together eggs, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, milk, bell pepper, diced onions, and seasoning. Set aside.
  • After tater tots have baked, remove the casserole dish from the oven. Use a flat bottomed glass, or a metal or rubber spatula to flatten the tater tots to form a crust. Return the baking dish to the oven for 10 more minutes, until the tater tot crust is golden and slightly crisp. Remove the baking dish from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 400º.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the tater tots crust. Add diced ham. Then top with the last 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs are set in the middle of the casserole and the top is golden and bubbly. Top with green onions before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 300mg | Sodium: 1703mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1433IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 2mg

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