This ground beef casserole is easy to make and it is one of those recipes that everyone absolutely loves! Who doesn’t like tater tots and hamburger? These goodies are layered with cheese and an easy sauce, then the whole thing is covered with those wonderfully tasty French-fried onions. Sometimes you just have to go for the comfort and forget about the calories.
If you’re interested in cutting the calories a little, use the low sodium cream of chicken soup, fat free milk, and less cheese. Using lean ground beef and draining it well will also lessen calories.
Don’t omit the French fried onions, however – these are well worth the calories! If you’ve never purchased a can of French-fried onions, you are in for a treat. You will find them in the canned vegetable aisle of your local grocery store. These little gems add a crunchy and delightfully tasting topping to many dishes – you will love them on the top of this casserole.
This dish was originally titled “Teen-ager Casserole; it’s hard to know if it is because it’s easy enough for a teenager to make or delicious enough that every teenager loves it. You be the judge!
Ground Beef Casserole Recipe
Ingredients for Ground Beef Casserole:
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
- ¼ cup milk
- 16-ounce package frozen tater tots
- 1 cup cheese, grated
- 1 cup French fried onions (available in the canned vegetable aisle of a grocery store)
Directions for Ground Beef Casserole:
In a large skillet, place the ground beef and chopped onions. Crumble the beef while cooking over medium heat. When cooked thoroughly, drain off any fat.
In the bottom of a large casserole dish, layer the ground beef/onion mixture and sprinkle with the salt. Top with a layer of the tater tots. Add the milk to the Cream of Chicken soup and evenly drizzle over the tater tots. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Remove the cover, sprinkle with the cheese and return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove and sprinkle on the French fried onions, return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
(From my mother-in-law)
Other delicious casserole recipes:
Shephard’s pie recipe – delicious!
Tuna casserole recipe – the best ever
Egg and cheese strata recipe – can make it the night before or in the morning for an easy dinner
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