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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

Here’s another easy meal that’s kid friendly too. Just a heads up though, this is not going to be pretty. Like most casseroles, it’s going to be a smorgasbord of things all mashed together into one big dish. It is the bane of a food blogger and always a challenge to try and make it look less like a pile of unidentifiable food you might want to run away from and more like something you would want to eat. But I can promise you one thing. It will taste yummy.

Anyway, I wanted to play around with some tater tots because one, everyone does it and two, they are so darn cute. Commence daydreams of arranging an army of tater tots in a casserole dish. And seriously, these little things are like an army.

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

So I found this recipe where Sloppy Joes meets tater tots and decided to give it a go. It’s simple, it’s tasty and it’s ready to go. And it has all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe with all the fun of tater tots.

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of slow cooker recipes and casseroles in trying to make up for my error in judgement last year by not cooking seasonal. Go ahead and browse through my archives and see my shame. It’s no wonder no one was interested in what I was cooking.

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

But this year it’s all changing. I am ever changing with the seasons. I am a chameleon.

And last year I hated casseroles because well, most of them aren’t that great. But this year I’ve somehow stumbled upon dozens of fantastic recipes. Maybe this year I knew what to look for.

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

This is one of them. It’s simple, really it is. Saute some onions, garlic, bell peppers, corn and add some ground beef. Then season with some cream cheese and Sloppy Joe sauce and a couple of seasonings. Dump it all in the casserole and top with cheddar cheese. Line up your army of tater tots and top it with more cheese love. And that’s all there is to it. One paragraph. That’s how simple it is.

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

Some notes: I used about 90% of the bag of frozen tater tots but you might have leftovers like me. Also I added some smoked paprika, salt and pepper because even though the Sloppy Joe sauce tastes great on its own, I wanted a slightly deeper flavor. Smoked paprika makes things all smoky!

So let’s get started!

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Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) corn, drained
  • 1 can (24 oz.) Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 32 oz. frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Over medium high heat, brown beef until cooked. Drain any fat and remove and set aside
  2. In the same pan, saute onions and garlic until translucent
  3. Add red bell pepper and corn and cook until soft
  4. Add beef, Sloppy Joe sauce, cream cheese, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine
  5. Simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes
  6. Pour the beef mixture in a 9×13 baking dish and spread evenly
  7. Top with a layer of 1 cup of cheese
  8. Arrange tater tots and sprinkle with remaining cheese
  9. Bake at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes or until the tater tots are crispy and golden
  10. Dish and serve hot

Notes

Inspired by Buns in my Oven

Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole is both quick and easy and kid friendly. With all the flavors you love in a Sloppy Joe and the fun of tater tots!

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    YOLONDA J WASHINGTON
    October 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    A great twist on sloppy joe…I may have to give this a try.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I hope you like it, Yolonda!

  • Reply
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    October 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hi Farrah! Just discovered your blog via Foodgawker. You’ve got a great site here! Love this tot casserole!! 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Thanks for saying that and dropping by Nicole! Always great connecting with other food bloggers 🙂

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    This casserole basically combines my two ultimate comfort foods.. sloppy joe’s and tater tots so I can imagine how GOOD it must have tasted. Craving a bowlful to devour right now!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Go for it! 😉

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    Yana
    January 20, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Yum! I brought some tators and looked online for what I can do with them. Since it’s just hubby and I, do you think I can halve this recipe and freeze the other half?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 20, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      I think you can! All the ingredients look safely freezable to me 🙂 It’s just the two of us too but we ate the other half the next day. Keeps well in the fridge.

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    Dave Sawyer
    June 28, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Wow, how much cream cheese would be appropriate ? A tablespoon, half a stick ? this sounds good. Wouldn’t want to mess it up !

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 29, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      Heya Dave! 4 tablespoons of cream cheese is all it needs. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Iris Despain
    July 16, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    could I get new recipes sent to me thank you

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 16, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      Heya Iris. I just added your email to the subscription email list. You will be notified when new recipes are posted but there will be an activation link sent to the email you listed here. Just click on it to agree to subscribe.

  • Reply
    Jesse wells
    August 3, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Hi!
    I made this tonight and it was a hit! Loved how easy and tasty it was!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 5, 2015 at 3:25 PM

      Glad to hear it, Jesse! Thanks for trying it out 🙂

  • Reply
    Kami
    August 30, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Hi,

    I’m new to gluten free recipes, the sloppy joe sauce is bought from the store? Also gluten free?
    Would love to make this! Thanks in advance!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 3, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Hi, Kami! My blog isn’t specifically for gluten free recipes. That being said some of the recipes are gluten free but I’m not a GF expert! I did use a can of sloppy joe sauce from the store. The brand I used was Manwich. I’ve Googled around and some say it is gluten free but I suggest doing more research just in case 🙂 Hope this helps!

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    Alice
    September 16, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Tater tot casseroles have been poppping up on my Pintrest board lately but I think this recipe will hit the spot for me! I have a question regarding your lovely deep baking dish, can you please share where you got it from? Thank you in advance!

    Alice

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 16, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Sure, Alice! I bought them from Crate and Barrel. They sometimes have great stuff on clearance 🙂 The one I used for this recipe was the large baking dish. Happy shopping!

      • Reply
        Alice
        September 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

        Thanks, Farah–that’s an amazing price!! My search for a deep baking dish took me to the Pillivuyt Porcelain pieces and they are certainly much pricier!

        • Reply
          The Cooking Jar
          September 23, 2015 at 12:56 PM

          Welcome! It’s a steal of a deal for that price! I know I spent hours searching online among super expensive ones before I stumbled across this. Too good to pass up. I have the whole set. The large baking dish is the only one that’s deep dish though.

          • Alice
            October 1, 2015 at 5:22 PM

            I am planning on getting the large baking dish this weekend and finally making this casserole! One more question, do you bake this uncovered? This should probably be common sense but I am not familiar with baking with frozen items. 🙂 Thanks again!

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    Lana
    November 9, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    just made it tonight and it was delicious! 😀 we like it with a bit of sour cream

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Wonderful to hear, Lana! Always happy to hear feedback of recipes 🙂

  • Reply
    Chris richmond
    January 10, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Can I use a little sour cream instead of cream cheese maybe? My tummy.can’t take cream cheese

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      I’m not 100% sure on this because the sour cream might curdle over high heat when it’s baking. If you do try it out, let us know the results? Another option would be to omit the cream cheese.

  • Reply
    Chelsea
    March 26, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Should I cover it with tin foil while baking it

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 29, 2016 at 5:20 PM

      I didn’t cover it when I made it. As long as it’s in the middle rack, it will be fine uncovered. Good luck, Chelsea!

    • Reply
      Jane
      September 22, 2016 at 6:10 PM

      Personally, I wouldn’t cover it. How would the tots get crispy if you covered them!!

  • Reply
    JGA
    April 25, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    Made this tonight- big hit with the family and a light hit on the budget- it’s a keeper! Thank you!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 25, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      “Big hit with the family, light hit on the budget”. Love it! So catchy 😉 You’re welcome and I’m happy everyone enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Sue
    May 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    it was GREAT!!!! I’ll be cooking this again!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM

      Thanks for coming back to tell me, Sue!

  • Reply
    Cherie
    May 5, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Love this, I’m going to make it tonight but was wondering if i could put a layer of tots on the bottom also? or would they not cook completely?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 6, 2016 at 5:35 PM

      They might not cook completely like you said. One way to solve this is to blind bake (pre-bake) the bottom layer of the tots first and then add in the remaining layers and follow the rest of the recipe!

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