“Healthy” Tater Tot Hotdish

Never has something that looks so unassuming packed so much awesomeness.

As children of a midwestern mom growing up in northern New York we were raised on a steady diet of casseroles and hotdishes. As anyone from the north or a flyover state can attest, you normally associate these cream sauced-gut busters with church functions, pot lucks and subsequent naps on the couch. Call us old fashioned but that just fine by our standards. We used turkey instead of ground beef to keep things marginally healthier, but the real goal here is to even come close to what momma used to make.

Equipment Needed: 13 x 9 Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Frying Pan, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 8

Suggested Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Suggested Beer Pairing: Stout, Extra Special Bitter or English Ale, Medium-bodied Ales


  • 1 lb ground turkey ($5.99/lb)
  • 1 package of frozen tater tots ($4.49/32 oz bag)
  • 1 medium onion ($0.99/lb)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil ($9.99/32 oz)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup ($1.69/10.75 oz can)
  • 1 can green beans ($1.59/14.5 oz can)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  • Put your pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Toss in the onions and garlic with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper and cook until lightly softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey has browned lightly (about 8 minutes).

Try not to overcook the turkey, you're still gonna bake it for another 30 minutes or so.

  • Once cooked, stir in the can of soup, drain the can of beans and stir them in too then pour the whole lot into your baking pan.

Trust us, this will taste much better than it looks here.

  • Lay a single layer of tater tots across the top so it’s completely covered. Pop it in the oven until the tots have browned (about 35-45 minutes). Serve with ketchup and hot sauce for the true north country experience.

Just a gratuitous close up of tater tots because of our literal and figurative unhealthy obsession with tater tots.

3 responses to ““Healthy” Tater Tot Hotdish

  1. This dish looks amazing. I am sooo going to try making this!!

  2. I should have told you to drain the beans before you put them in the meat! Don’t know if you did or not, but that may just make it creamier.

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