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This family favorite Tater Tot Turkey Casserole is loaded with tater tots, ground turkey, and veggies in one dish or skillet for an easy weeknight dinner recipe. Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey by substituting it for the ground turkey in this hot dish casserole!

Turkey Tater Tot Casserole in a cast iron skillet with a hand holding a spoon scooping the turkey tater tots and a red striped cloth, and a jar of shredded cheese in the background.
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Looking for an easy one-pan meal the whole family will love? Try this tater tot turkey casserole! This delicious dish is the perfect comfort food for families on the go. And it’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

All made in one pan or skillet, this tater tot casserole is perfect for busy weeknights. Simply add ground turkey (or beef) and veggies of your choice, and you are good to go!

Why we love this Tater Tot Recipe

My family loves recipes with tater tots. And this tater tot turkey casserole is no exception! Not only is it an easy one-pan meal that’s delicious and nutritious. But, it’s easy to sneak some extra veggies into my family’s diet. Win-win!

I mean, what’s not to like? Ground turkey meat and crispy tater tots are covered in melted shredded cheese. No one will even notice those sauteed veggies.

Everything comes together for a dish that’s full of protein and nutrients. You can feel good about serving this comfort dish to your family.

Also, this recipe is idea for a quick weeknight dinner because it’s ready in a little over 30 minutes. Simply cook your ground turkey and veggies, then layer them with tater tots and cheese. Then bake until the tater tots are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

a white plate with a serving of turkey tater tots with skillet, red striped cloth, and a jar of shredded cheese in the background.

Love tater tots? Be sure to check out our other recipes with tater tots like tater tot with green beans, loaded tater tots, ham tater tot breakfast casserole, chicken tater tot, and chili tater tot casserole.

Equipment Used for this Tater Tot Recipe

What you’ll need for Tater Tot Turkey Casserole

  • Ground turkey or turkey sausage
  • Tater tots
  • Green beans – frozen or fresh
  • Onion, chopped
  • Garlic, minced or pressed
  • Cream of mushroom soup – *see notes for soup variations
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note: Use up that leftover turkey meat by swapping out 3 cups of shredded or chopped turkey meat for the ground turkey!

ingredients for Turkey Tater Tot Casserole which contains shredded cheddar cheese, frozen green beans, salt and pepper, ground turkey, tater tots, chopped onions, minced garlic, and cream of mushroom.

How to make Tater Tot Turkey Casserole

Prepare. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cook the ground turkey. Brown ground turkey in a 10-12″ skillet over medium heat.

cooking the ground turkey in cast iron skillet.

Add green beans, chopped onion, and garlic to the skillet. Cook until the onions are translucent. Drain any fat from the pan.

green beans, onions, and garlic are added to the browned ground turkey in a cast iron skillet.

Mix in the vegetables. Stir in the cream of mushroom soup and mix it into the turkey and vegetable mixture. If your skillet is oven-safe, you can continue on to the next step. But if it’s not, you can add the mixture to a round or oblong casserole dish.

green beans, onions, garlic, and ground beef all mixed in together in a cast iron skillet.

Layer the tater tot and cheese. Sprinkle half of the grated cheese over the top of the casserole. Then add a layer of frozen tater tots. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

tater tots and cheese layered on top of the ground beef mixture in a cast iron skillet.

Baking the tater tot casserole. Bake uncovered casserole at 375º for 30 minutes until the cheese and tater tot topping is golden brown, and the edges of the casserole are bubbly.

Ready to Serve. Let cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

top view of turkey tater tot casserole in a cast iron skillet with red striped cloth and a jar of shredded cheese in the background.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe variations

  • Tater tot hamburger casserole: swap the ground turkey with ground beef for a delicious tater tot hamburger casserole.
  • Chicken tater tot casserole: you can also use leftover diced cooked chicken in place of the ground turkey.
  • Tater tot casserole with corn: Add a can of drained and rinsed corn or swap it with green beans for tater tot casserole with corn.
  • Vegetarian tater tot: leave out the meat and add an extra can of mushrooms or swap them for diced zucchini, yellow squash, or eggplant.
  • Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey for this turkey tater tot casserole. Simply add the turkey and veggies together and cook as directed in step 2 of the recipe.
  • Use any of Campbell’s condensed cream soups, like cheddar cheese soup, cream of chicken, cream of celery, or cream of potato.
  • Swap the green beans for asparagus and use cream of asparagus soup.
  • Use frozen mixed vegetables instead of green beans.
  • For a little spice, add a can of diced green chilies, or red pepper flakes.

How to Serve Tater Tot Casserole with Veggies

To serve, garnish with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley. You can serve this Tater Tot Casserole with ground turkey and veggies with a side of ranch dressing or ketchup for dipping.

You can also pair it with a simple salad, cornbread, dinner rolls, or roasted vegetables.

a plate with turkey tater tots and red striped cloth and a skillet in the background.

How to Store Ground Turkey Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Turkey Casserole leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to four days. To reheat, bake in a 350ºF oven until warmed through. You can also reheat this casserole dish in the microwave, covered, on 50% power for three to four minutes stirring once halfway through.

Make ahead instructions

This ground turkey casserole with cream of mushroom soup can be made ahead! Just follow steps 1-3 in the instructions, then cover and refrigerate the casserole for up to 3 days.

When ready to bake, let the casserole sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven. Then proceed with step four and bake as directed.

Can I freeze this Tater Tot Ground Turkey Casserole?

You can also this ground turkey casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Let cool completely then transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then bake as directed above.

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Turkey Tater Tot Casserole in a cast iron skillet with a hand holding a spoon scooping the turkey tater tots and a red striped cloth, and a jar of shredded cheese in the background.
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Tater Tot Turkey Casserole

This easy tater tot casserole with ground turkey is a delicious one-pan meal the whole family will love. And you can even use leftover turkey meat in it! Follow the make-ahead directions in the recipe notes for a quick weeknight dinner recipe.
Course Main Course, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword tater tots, loaded tater tots, tater tot casserole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 490kcal

Equipment

  • 10-11 inch oven-safe skillet (like a cast-iron skillet)
  • OR a non-stick skillet and casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or turkey sausage (can substitute 3 cups of shredded, cooked turkey meat)
  • 12 ounces (about 3 cups) frozen or fresh green beans chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 can (10 oz.) cream of mushroom soup (see notes for soup variations)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated or shredded, divided
  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots (smaller sized bag or 1/2 of a larger bag)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Brown ground turkey in a 10-11" skillet over medium heat. Drain fat from the pan. Add green beans, chopped onion, and garlic to skillet and saute until onions turn translucent.
  • Stir in cream of mushroom soup and mix into the turkey and vegetable mixture. If your skillet is oven-safe, continue on to the next step. Otherwise, add the mixture to a round or oblong casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle half the grated cheese evenly across the top. Then top the casserole with a layer of tater tots and the rest of the cheese.
  • Bake at 375º uncovered for 33-35 minutes until the cheese, and tater tot topping is golden brown and the edges of the casserole are bubbly.
  • Let cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley.

Notes

Make this a make-ahead casserole! Follow steps 1-3 in the instructions, then cover and refrigerate the casserole for up to 3 days. Bake at 375º F for 37-40 minutes until the tater tots and cheese are golden brown, and the edges of the casserole are bubbly. Let cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with sour cream, sliced green onion, or parsley.
Make this a leftover makeover meal with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat! Simply substitute 3 cups of cooked, shredded turkey meat for the ground turkey.
Recipe variations: use any of Campbell’s condensed cream soups, like cheddar cheese soup, cream of celery, cream of asparagus, or cream of potato, to customize this tater tot casserole recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 2mg

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tater tots gluten free?

Yes, Ore Ida tater tots are gluten-free because they are made with potatoes.

Can I make this tater tot recipe without soup?

If you don’t have any soup on hand, you can make this recipe without it. See this post on how to make cream soup substitutes, or make our chili tater tot casserole recipe.


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