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LARGE FAMILY BEEF TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE (Two 9×13 pans! + Freezer Friendly!!)

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Freezer Meals
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Description

Do you want to feed your large family? You’ll want to try this LARGE FAMILY BEEF TATER TOT CASSEROLE RECIPE (Two 9×13 pans! + Freezer Friendly!!)


Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground chuck

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed

  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • 4 cups frozen tater tots

     


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 9×13 casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion over medium high heat until the meat is crumbled. Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper. Drain well.

  3. Return the meat to the skillet (if large enough or a large bowl) and add the cream cheese, stirring until melted. Add the milk and peas and carrots. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.

  4. Transfer the ground beef mixture to the casserole dishes, dividing equally. Top with cheese and a layer of tater tots.

  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the tater tots are browned and the edges bubble.


Notes

FREEZER MEAL DIRECTIONS: To make one or both of these 9×13 pans of Beef Tater Tot Casserole into a freezer meal just prepare as above following steps 1 through 4. Instead of baking at step 5 just wrap one or both casseroles in a double-layer of foil followed by plastic cling wrap (& label your meal!). Place in the freezer for 3+ months. 

When you’d like to use this easy freezer meal just pull it from your freezer stash the night before and place it in your refrigerator to defrost. At cooking time remove the plastic wrap and foil. Reuse one sheet of foil to lightly tent over your cassorole. Place in a preheated oven at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes or until the tater tots are browned and edges bubble.

NOTE: your baking time may need to be increased in 15 minute increments until desired doneness is reached based on the defrosted level of your cassorole. Always make sure food researched on internal temperature of at least 165. A cheap digital thermometer helps with this! 

Keywords: Tater Tot Casserole, Freezer Meals, Freezer Cooking

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