Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
Tater Tot Casserole

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 445kcal
This is guaranteed to be a family favorite! (Well, at least if your kids are as tater tot feens as mine are.) We add veggies to the sloppy joe part and make our own quick sauce to maximize health and flavor.
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  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • medium onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced minced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • cup water
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • lbs frozen tater tots
  • 2 tbsp green onion sliced


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Brown the ground beef in large, oven-safe pan, breaking up beef into small bits for 5 minutes. Add the onion, red bell pepper, carrot and garlic, and continue cooking until beef is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Drain any excess fat and return skillet to stovetop.
  • Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to the beef mixture and stir to combine over medium low heat, until slightly thickened.
  • Top the beef mixture with the frozen tater tots in a single layer. (Alternatively, layer the tots over the beef mixture in a 9X13 casserole dish.)
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the tots are golden and crunchy. Top with chopped green onions.


  • Make ahead – follow the instructions all the way through the assembly stage (assembling in a casserole dish instead of the frying pan), but wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in the fridge instead of oven. When it comes time to bake, set on the counter while the oven preheats. Ice cold to hot oven doesn’t do anything good for your food or your pyrex.
    • Can be prepped up to three days ahead and kept in the fridge. Keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Gluten Free

  • If you are gluten free be sure to check the tots. Orieda are gluten free.
  • Also check your Worchestershire sauce. Lea & Perrins is made gluten free in the US, but that’s not the case in other countries.

Meat Lovers

  • You could use ground turkey or chicken if you’re trying to not eat red meat.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4264IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg