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Tater Tot Hot Dish

This Tater Tot Hot Dish is made from scratch but is not much more time consuming or difficult than opening a can of condensed soup…I promise! In fact, this whole meal can be made in 30 minutes… no joke.

Tater Tot Hot Dish Closeup on the Tray with a Wooden Spoon

We close on our house today and I’m so excited (cue song and dance) I could barely sleep the past two nights. We were able to see our house for our final walk-through on Saturday and with the sellers furniture and belongings out of the house, I couldn’t help but think of how ours will fill it, along with all of the memories we will be making in that house. I pictured us sitting on our patio, grilling out and enjoying some cocktails, Marc becoming a handyman working out in the garage, our first Christmas tree in the front window, drinking my morning coffee at the kitchen table, Thanksgiving dinners with our family, bringing home our first baby through the front door, movie nights in our finished basement, and of course, all of the meals that will be cooked in our kitchen.


Growing up, no matter how busy our schedules were, I remember always sitting down to eat dinner as a family. Whether it was Hamburger Helper, my dads kielbasa and cabbage, or even take-out Chinese, my parents always had us sit down together for dinner. Thinking of the traditions I want to start as a family, I know that having a family meal every night will be one that I carry on.

It seems like in today’s world, families are busier than ever and having the time to get a hot meal ready and on the table gets harder and harder. Especially one that everyone will enjoy. Today I’m teaming up with GE Appliances to bring you a 30 minute dinner that will please everyone at your dinner table and make those weeknight dinners a little bit easier. And what better Minnesotan family dinner than a tater tot hot dish? I’ve actually never made a tater tot hot dish and since I’ve been living in Minnesota for 3 years now, I figured it was time to make it.

As Marc and I sat down to eat dinner that night, I realized just how perfect a dish this is to make for your family. The ground beef and veggie mixture is creamy, comforting and topped with tater tots. How could a kid not like it?! It pleases adults and kids alike.

Tater Tot Hot Dish

The traditional tater tot hot dish recipe calls for condensed soup. But I try to stay away from those as they’re loaded with sodium and I wanted to make it from scratch. Plus, it truly is not much more time consuming or difficult than opening a can of condensed soup…I promise! In fact, you can make this whole meal in 30 minutes..no joke.

Tater Tot Hot Dish Served in a White Plate with a Blue Tray in the Background

To make weeknight dinners even easier, GE has a new line of appliances. First, there’s the Hands-Free Auto Refill Refrigerator which fills up your water glasses hands-free. It is perfect for when you need to multitask. The Double Oven Range with a Tri Ring Burner is great for not only baking two dishes at one time, but also getting the heat exactly how you want it, from the lowest simmer to the highest sear. Finally, with GE’s Dishwasher with 102 Jet Wash System, cleanup is a breeze. Check them all out in action here, including the new bottle washing feature on the dishwasher.

For more GE Appliance fun, visit their Pinterest Pages: Kitchens Re-Imagined and GE Appliances. And for more weeknight dinner ideas, visit Food Network’s Weeknight Kitchen page.

Weeknight dinners should be quick and easy for any busy family.  GE Appliances can help streamline the kitchen process with their hands-free auto-fill refrigerator, their double oven range, to their 102 jet wash system dishwasher.  To see these appliances in action check out GE: Kitchen Reimagined.  For more tips on weeknight dinners head over to FoodNetwork Weeknight Kitchen page for recipes, tips, and much more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.

tater tot hot dish

Pre-baking the tater tots cuts while making the hot dish filling cuts down on total cooking time, making this a perfect 30 minute weeknight meal!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup milk I used skim but 2% or whole would make it richer
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups frozen mixed veggies corn, peas, and carrots
  • ~1 lb tater tots


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place tots on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the filling.
  • In large skillet, cook ground beef, until cooked through, breaking it apart as you go, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove all but ~1 tbsp of grease from beef and add onion and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Add flour and stir well to combine with beef and onion, forming a sort of paste.
  • Slowly add beef broth and milk, stirring well to combine.
  • Season with salt and garlic powder.
  • Finally, add in mixed veggies, stirring well to combine.
  • Pour into a greased 9" baking dish, then top with partially baked tots.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until tots are golden brown and mixture is boiling.
  • Enjoy!
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