This gluten-free tater tot casserole is a one pan meal that couldn’t be more comforting. It is the epitome of a family friendly weeknight meal that everyone will cheer for!
Where did tater tot casserole come from?
Wikipedia says that tater tot casserole originates and has remained popular in the upper midwest United States. Casseroles and hot dishes both usually contain a variety of meat, veggies and starch.
Casseroles are especially popular for larger families who need to make big quantities of food on a budget. Jim Bob Duggar says their casserole variation is one of his favorite meals!
My grandma Donna used to make her own variation of this dish that only had peas in it. I always loved it so much! I have made just a few changes since then but it is still equally delicious.
How do you make it?
This one pan meal couldn’t be easier to make or clean up. Simply start by putting some of the tater tot, cooked ground beef and vegetables together in 9×13 or deep 9×9 oven safe pan.
Add the cream of chicken soup into the tots and veggies along with half of the cheese (or all if you are like me and don’t like it on top).
Top with more tater tots and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese if you love that gooey goodness. I usually forgo it but my family always appreciates when I add it on.
Are tater tots are gluten-free?
While many tater tots are gluten-free, it is important to always check. I’ve been surprised how any have wheat flour or other gluten ingredients in them.
Here are just a few that are gluten-free. As with anything, eat at your own discretion. If you have found any other brands, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
- Ore Ida Golden Tater Tots
- Cascadian Farms Spud Puppies (according to their twitter page: They don’t carry a gluten free claim, but there are no wheat allergens)
- Lamb Weston Crispy Potato Puffs (not labeled but also no warning of shared facility or gluten ingredients on the label)
Pro Tip: For more flavor, take a few extra minutes to make our homemade gluten-free cream of chicken soup to use instead of store bought. You won’t regret it!Pro Tip: Double this recipe and put one pan in the freezer assembled and wrapped in tinfoil but not baked. You just saved yourself a night of cooking!
How else can I spice it up?
Give this classic gluten-free tater tot casserole some Mexican flair by adding in 1 T taco seasoning and 1/3 C salsa. Also, switch your cheese to pepper jack.
Can I freeze this gluten-free tater tot casserole?
It freezes so well! Assemble everything together then put foil over and freeze it. You would just need to pull it out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking.
OR you can go ahead and bake it first then freeze. You will just need to warm it up before serving.
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Gluten-Free Tater Tot Casserole
- 2 1/2 C or two 10 oz. cans homemade gluten-free cream of chicken soup
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 C fresh or frozen peas
- 1 C fresh or frozen corn
- 1/2 C fresh or frozen diced carrots
- 1 lb. ground hamburger cooked (leftovers from taco night work great here!)
- 1 C cheddar cheese more for topping if you'd like
- 1 32 oz. bag of gluten-free tater tots, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a 9x13 pan, combine vegetables, cooked beef, soup, salt, pepper, half the cheese (1/2 C) and half the tater tots
- Top with remaining tater tots and the other 1/2 C cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes