Delicious Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole Recipe is filled with hamburger, cheese, and tater tots. This recipe is super easy to make and tastes amazing. 6 ingredients and the slow cooker does most of the work. A great family dinner especially on busy nights!
Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole
This recipe was so much fun to make. John's sister absolutely loves Tater Tots. When they come to visit from Alabama I have to stock the freezer with Tater Tots so we always have them on hand.
I have to say that John had so much fun sending his Sister a picture of this Slow Cooker Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole recipe and letting her know how much he was enjoying it. Ahhh the joys of sibling love.
I love how easy the crockpot makes it to put together a delicious Tater Tot Casserole the entire family will love. Cheesy meaty goodness that everyone loves! This slow cooker recipe is in our top crockpot recipe rotation to make for dinner as often as we can.
It is so easy to make and tastes so good! There is just something so delicious about the combination of tater tots, hamburger, and cheese.
Who am I kidding...let's be honest and just admit that tater tots make almost anything taste great? lol! 🙂
I can't believe we first shared this recipe back in February 2013.
We are still having so much fun using the Crock-Pot. My goal is to make a minimum of one meal a week in the Crock-Pot.
I have a huge list of recipes written out that I can't wait to try.
This Easy Tater Tot Casserole is definitely going on our dinner menu more often!
Slow Cooker Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Ingredients for Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole
- Ground beef
- Rotel, We used mild but you could easily use a hotter variety (There have been questions about what Rotel looked like on the shelf. Here it is on Amazon so you can see the can)
- Frozen Tater Tots
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Small onion
- Cheddar cheese
Equipment needed to Make Crockpot Tater Tot Casserole
Crockpot - We suggest using a crockpot that has a digital timer that automatically switches the slow cooker to warm after a set amount of time. This helps make sure your dinner cooks perfectly and you don't have to stress about what time it is going to be done.
I am totally in love with this Bob Ross Happy Little Trees Slow Cooker. This is going on my must-have list.
Baking dish with lids - These baking dishes work great for storing leftovers.
Slotted Serving Spoon - This large spoon is perfect for dishing up this tater tot casserole.
Crockpot Liners - If you want to make clean up a little easier you can use these crockpot liners.
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So much cheesy yummy goodness in this Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole Recipe! HELLO YUM!!!!!
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SLOW COOKER CROCK POT TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE
- 1 pound Ground Beef browned
- 1 can RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies We used mild but you could easily use a hotter variety
- 16 Ounce Tater Tots frozen
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 Onion small
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- Brown beef and add in chopped onion and Rotel
- Pour beef and onion mixture on the bottom of a greased Crock Pot
- Mix in Cream of Chicken Soup
- Top with tater tots across the top
- Cook low for 2-3 hours.
- 30 minutes before you are going to serve the Tater Tot Casserole top with shredded cheese.
Originally shared February 2013, updated in December 2018 and January 2020
Do you drain the Rotel?
I would like to make this in the oven in two 9x13 disposable metal pans so that I can feed more people. How would you recommend I do that? What temp and length of time?
Do I put the tater tots in frozen? Thanks!
Making this now, and I've made it before, but I put in frozen mixed veggies also. It is so yummy. I also thought Cream of Chicken was odd but it is good. Would recommend.
This sounds so good. Do the tater tots get crispy and not soggy from the condensation on the lid?
How would you bake this in the oven?
Would you happen to know how man you carbs per serving in this dish?
tried this and everyone loved it but need to double it next time there just wasn't enough
Jane, I am so glad everyone enjoyed the recipe!
How many people does this serve? I've got a huge crowd to feed. Also, could you make this in the oven instead of the crockpot? If so, what temp and how long? That way I could double or even triple the recipe a little easier.
I made this for the kids to eat at my sister's wedding today, and it was a huge hit!! Adults were even digging into even though there was catered food available for them. It was completely gone within an hour! I had several people request the recipe!
Thank you so much for letting us know everyone loved the recipe! I truly can't tell you how much it means to us to know that we were a part of your sisters wedding.
Great recipe! I used Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup instead of Cream Of Chicken. Also used some Tony Chachere Bold Seasoning. Perfection!!!
I'm trying the ham for Easter Dinner, it looks great!
Your welcome! I hope you really enjoy it! I just made another one today to use for sandwiches and lunches. They turn out so good.
I just cooked a spiral sliced ham in the crockpot weekend before last & I used a liner & had to use foil to cover it because it was too tall for my crockpot. It was fine with the foil to hold in the heat/moisture.
What is RoTel? Someone else asked what size of can used.
Rotel is a mix of diced tomatoes and spices. I normally use the regular soup sized can.
It will probably be in the Mexican food section at the grocery store. I use Aldi's brand which is much cheaper than Rotel brand.
can we substitute the cream of chicken for something else? no sour cream either. My daughter and I have allergies. looks good the recipe. I like the beef and tator idea.
Hi Mary, i have not tried making this without the cream of chicken but it is definitely worth a try. What products do you normally use as substitutes?
What size crockpot are most of your recipes made in? We don't have kids so have just a small (2qt?) crock pot. Most recipes seems they are for 6qt or larger.
If doubling the recipe how much extra time do you think?
First time trying CROCK POT TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE. Let me just say...YUM!! I actually used a frozen, seasoned onion & celery mix because I didn't have an onion. I also used a whole can of cream of chicken and half of cream of mushroom. I seasoned the meat with some garlic and creole seasoning as well. (Hubby likes bold flavors) I did, however, do everything else the same. It was delicious. Definitely a keeper! Thanks 🙂
What size can do you get for the Rotel?
Place tater tots in frozen or thawed?
Frozen or thawed it doesn't matter.
Wow....not very healthy with tater tots and canned soup. The sodium content must be through the roof. Get fat quick meal.
Catherine...Nobody will force you to eat it, dear 🙂
Thanks for the great recipe! I'm just wondering if you throw the tots in frozen or thawed?
Tried this the other night and LOVED it!! Super easy to make and so good! We used ground turkey (tastes the same as beef) and the mild Ro-Tel. At the end of the cooking, we stirred everything up into a giant pile and it was just delicious! Even my ridiculously picky eater was a fan, and he normally won't eat tomatoes or chiles. Can't wait to try this again with one of the spicier Ro-Tels. Thanks a bunch for the recipe!
Katelynn, That is fantastic!!!! I am so glad your family loved the recipe.
Love the idea of using Rotel tomatoes! We always like a little heat in our dishes and I love using the crockpot, so this is a recipe I'd like to try. I was wondering what the texture of the Tater Tots is when done in a crockpot. Do they get crispy?
I like to add a can of corn too.
Shirley, That sounds fantastic! I am going to have to try that the next time I make this.
Thanks for sharing this recipe! We just featured it on our blog, Recipe Chatter. Check it out here: http://www.recipechatter.com/crazy-obsession-tater-tots/
Hi Emily! Thank you for including our recipe in your post! We love All Free Casserole Recipes!
Hi Tammilee...one quick question. Do you drain the rotel before adding to the beef mixture in your tator tot crock pot casserole???
Hi, I do drain the ro-tel before using it.
Can you tell me if the tator tots get to be a golden color in the crock pot? I usually make mine in the oven but would like to try it in the crock pot for potluck purposes.
What do you use when you say greased crockpot?
Hi, I spray the crock pot with cooking oil or spray.
You could use a crock pot liner instead of spraying the crock pot with cooking oil spray. I have used Cream of Mushroom in this dish.
From Ottawa, ON. What is "Tatter Tots and Ro-Tel? I'm not sure if I've ever seen any of these two items. What can I replace these 2 items with, if we don't have any here?
Tater tots are pre-made nuggets of potatoes. Ro-Tel is a combination of diced tomatoes and spices.
I was going to ask what Ro-Tel is too. I'm in Windsor, ON and we have tater tots here so Ottawa should have them. Ro-tel sounds like a can of Alymer Accents. This looks yummy!
Rotel is a can of spiced chopped tomatoes , it should be in the can tomato section of your grocery store
Okay than yes they are like Aylmer Accents here in Ontario. Thanks!
To make Rotel, simply take 1 medium tomato and three green chili peppers. They should be petite diced. You can substitute canned if you choose. I like to make it fresh and experiment with different types of tomatoes, peppers, and seasonings. A dash of salt and pepper are all you really need. This should yield about up total.
Can't wait to try this recipe! We are allergic to chicken and mushrooms. Anything I can use to replace the cream of chicken soup?
I think any cream soup would work ok in the recipe. It acts as a binding agent and a bit of flavor so maybe cheese soup or something similar.
Yum!! This is my new favorite recipe (my husband's, too) - I mixed in a can of warmed canned corn (drained) just before serving since we love corn in our tator tot casseroles. Absolutely delicious - thank you!
H! This recipe looks delicious, but my husband and I were wondering if the tater tits get crispy or if they're soggy? Thanks!
I'm used to cooking tater tot casserole in the oven, but I'm doing a work potluck tomorrow and the slow cooker makes more sense so that it's warm when we eat it. My question is whether the tater tots still get crispy when cooked in the slow cooker?
This may seem like a silly question but I am trying to make this right now and I dont know whether to add water to the can of "cream of chicken soup" or just put in whats only in the can. Please help.
Hi, I did not add water to the can of soup. I just poured the soup right into the crock pot.
Hi, I am hoping to make this tonight and am wondering if you actually stir the soup into the beef/RoTel mixture or just pour it on top? Thanks!
Hi, I stirred the soup into the mix.
I'm going to try this tonight
What size crockpot? Have you ever doubled it in a big crockpot? Good as leftovers too? Thanks!
Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole: Healthier version - instead of cooking your ground beef, steam it. We add garlic and onions and steam all of our hamburger. The grease goes down in the water and you have a much healthier product. Anything that requires hamburger we steam and it doesn't loose it's flavor.
How do you steam it? Do you have to buy a special pan?
Jenny, I am a bit confused. What part are you steaming?
I am from New England and am not familiar with Ro-Tel. What is that?
Ro-Tel is a mix of tomatoes and spices. It is a canned tomato normally found with either the canned vegetables or the sauces
Going to make this tonight for dinner, instead of beef (since we had beef last night) I plan to use sausage. Will post a recipe review on my blog Night Owl Kitchen! Can't wait, so excited 🙂
Love this for a summertime recipe that doesn't heat up the house! Super tasty and is requested by the hubby now that I've made it twice!
Monica, So glad your family loves the recipe! I am a huge fan of using the crock pot to not heat up the house.
Hi I just saw your receipe and it sounds wonderful, but I just have a few questions... If I use three pounds of chop meat do I have to triple the chicken soup and the rotel. I was hinking instead of using rotel can I use a 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes. I was also thinking using a family size of cream of chicken. Do you think that would be big enough or I would need three cans of cream of chicken. Really want to try this tomorrow for dinner sounds delish.... Will have a veg and side salad and dinner is served....
I would think the family size would work. You might have an extra can just in case on the side if the consistency is not what you are hoping it will be. I have not tried it with diced tomatoes but I am sure it will be great.
I'm about ready to try your recipe, but I don't know what size can of Cream of Chicken Soup you used. When I went shopping I bought this BIG 26 ounce can, but I sort of think that might be too much. Please let me know. I'm browning the ground beef as we speak. Thanks much, Clayton
HI, I used a regular size can of Cream of Chicken Soup
What's RoTel? I've never heard of it, nor have I seen it in the supermarkets here in Austalia. If I know what it is, I can probably substitute something else. Or is it absolutely necessary? By the way, we have Potato Gems (and brand varieties), which I think are your Tater Tots.
Hi, Ro-tel is a combination of tomatoes, chilies and seasoning in a can. You could substitute diced tomatoes and chilies for it in the recipe. Tator Tots are nuggets of potatoes that are normally eaten with ketchup. What part of Australia are you from?
Thanks for the prompt reply. I can certainly substitute now. The recipe looks so good! I'm from Gippsland, which is the far south-eastern section of Victoria. Any further south and you bump into Tasmania! At the moment, we're in the depths of winter, but our climate is surprisingly mild here, squished between the Great Australian Alps and the Strzelecki Ranges, so we don't get snow. Just cold and a howling wind straight up the valley I'm in. So a recipe like yours will fit the bill nicely.
Aveaguday! (Australian for "Have a good day".)
Hi, We have family friends that live in Hobart, Tasmania. I visited there a few years ago and loved it. We are talking about trying to make it back down to Australia soon. My Husband has never been there and I know he would absolutely love it. I hope the recipe works out great for you!
Glad you loved Tasmania! I used to live in a mining town on the west coast, and then in Launceston. I never tired of it. Gippsland is the next best thing. I hope you see this part of Australia too. South Gippsland (where I grew up) is stunning and most tourists (and other Australians for that matter) don't know it's there. You haven't lived until you've had a feed of freshly caught gummy! The recipe is on my weekend to-do list. Thanks for an innovative way of using Potato Gems.
I can't wait to visit Australia again. I was so in awe of the birds and amazing scenery while we were there. I think I took 10,000 photos in the 2 weeks we were there. I couldn't stop taking pics everything was so amazing.
I make a similar tater tot casarole in the oven. Just mix ingredients, top with tots, put in an 8x8 ovenware, cook it at the temp on the tots, it is ready when the tots are golden brown (usually about 30 minutes). Its much quicker!
Did you still brown the meat before you put it in? Or did it cook in the oven? Thanks!
I browned the beef before I put it in the Crock Pot.
i just put this in my cork pot sounds great
That is fantastic! This is one of our favorite recipes.
Hi! About how many would you say this serves? 4ish?
Hi, This will easily serve 4 people. We had a lot of leftovers when we prepared it last time.
you are a genius! my kids are going to love this! thank you so much for adding this into our family's menu!
ahhh, Thank you!
This looks amazing, can't wait to make it! I'm wondering if you drained the Rotel before you add it in with the beef? Thanks!
Hi, I drained the Ro-Tel before I added it.
wish I had known this before I started. Hope it turns out okay, it is almost done
Thought I would let you know that it turned out okay, Just a little too much liquid. Tasted good. We will make it again but will probably use cream of mushroom soup.
Any way to keep it from burning on the sides of the crockpot even on low?
Have you tried it yet with the cream of Mushroom? My husband doesn't like tomatos, onions, peppers...we are more a meat and potato kind of family.
ive made it with cream of mushroom and it is AMAZING.
I LOVE the ziploc slow cooker liners when I use my slow cookers...clean up is super easy, even if a hole has appeared in the liner, I don't have to super scrub my slow cookers anymore, they still look brand new!
Hi Tammilee. Just found your Crock Pot Tator Tot casserole recipe and it looks wonderful. I was just wondering if you drain the hamb meat before adding Rotel? Thanks.
i usually do Janice. 🙂
Just put this in my slow cooker. It was highly recommended by a friend. I can't wait to try it!
That is fantastic. Let me know what you think. It is one of our favorites.
If I won't have a stove top to use while making this do you think I can put the ground beef in the crockpot first and cook longer?
My husband is a lover of tater tots. I wonder if sausage would work in place of ground beef. I have an over abundance of venison sausage in my freezer and need a creative way to use it other than for breakfast.
Hi, I think sausage would work great. I have been thinking about playing with the recipe and making a breakfast version.
Cream of chicken soup sounds funny to me with ground beef, I'm thinking cream of mushroom instead?
Kayla, I thought the same with the cream of chicken, but I tried it and it is AWESOME! I made this the other night and my husband LOVED IT..I did it with the hot RoTel tomatoes and it was perfect..a little heat but not too much..definitely a keeper!
Barb, I am so glad you loved the recipe!
What is RoTel? Is that canned tomatoes?
Yes, It is canned tomatoes with spices added to them.
What if you can't buy RoTel in Canada? I've never seen this on the shelf anywhere. I looked on Amazon to see what the can looks like. To be honest I've never even seen it on a shelf in the U.S. but I wasn't looking for it either. What would you suggest as a substitute?
Hi, I would use diced tomatoes. You may be able to find them pre-seasoned to add the bit of spice if you like spicy foods.
Rotel is a can of diced tomatoes and some diced green chiles. I would get a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of diced green chiles. It's sooooooooo yum!
I had a hard time finding Rotel, because, I thought it was in the obvious place, the hispanic section. Nope. Rotel is found in the section with the canned tomatoes. In my store it is on the top shelf. Hope this helps!
HI there...I am looking for some crock pot meals for a "Crock Pot Potluck" we are having at church...how many does this recipe serve? I'm just wondering if I need to double or triple this recipe to feed 10+ people. Thanks!
Hi, I might double it just to make sure you have enough. It tastes amazing so people may come back for seconds and thirds.
I made this last weekend and my husband LOVED it. Thanks for sharing!
A friend of mine makes a tater tot casserole. I've never tried it myself but it does look good.
I never used Rotel when I used to make tater tot casserole but may have to when I figure out a gluten free cream of chicken soup so that I can make it again.
BTW, my kiddos also love tater tot nachos. Just in case you 're interested in another quick & easy meal w/tater tots 🙂
Rachel, I have never made tater tot nachos. they sound fantastic. I am going to have to add that to our menu plan soon. It sounds like a dish everyone would love.
Do you use the entire 5lb bag of tater tots?
Hi, I did not use the entire bag. I just bought the 5 pounds because it was cheaper. I covered the top of the crock pot with tater tots
Love tater tot casserole!! Gosh, I haven't made it in awhile though.. this looks like a GREAT recipe to try =)
Let us know if you try it. My Husband loved it and has asked for it a couple of times since I made it.
I first heard of this recipe when watching the Duggars on 19 Kids and Counting - probably it was a few children ago. I have to say I've never tried it, though. Certainly it sounds like it could feed a bunch, and I love the idea of making it in the crockpot! Thanks!