I told you I’d be experimenting with these tater tot recipes- especially since Jesse just purchased an 8 POUND bag of them at Sam’s Club! Ha! As I said before, I am quite aware these casseroles are not the healthiest but they are fine in moderation! So don’t freak out and get all health nut on me. The weather is cooling down and it’s the perfect time for some comfort food.

Ingredients

1 bag tater tots
2 lb ground lean beef
1 26.5 oz can of Manwich sauce
Fresh ground black pepper
Salt (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat an 11×7 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, meat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Discard any excess fat if needed. Season with salt and pepper if desired. (the Manwich sauce contains sodium so use the salt sparingly). Add Manwich sauce and combine. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Arrange tater tots on top in a single layer.

Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes, or until tater tots are golden brown and meat mixture is bubbly.

For a cheesy twist, top with your favorite shredded cheese about 5 minutes before the casserole is done