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Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

If you like cheeseburgers, tater tots OR casseroles (or maybe all of 'em) we think you'll LOVE this bacon ranch cheeseburger tater tot casserole :)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Gwen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic optional
  • 1 10 ounce can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 1 to 1 1/2 packets ranch seasoning
  • 1 32 ounce package tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar optional
  • 1 1/3 cups milk

Instructions

For all methods: You can prep your meat in two different ways.

  • Precook the ground beef, bacon, onions, and garlic until no longer pink and drain off the excess fat ~or~ Form above-listed ingredients into a loaf.
  • In a separate, largish bowl mix the cheddar cheese soup, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, Ranch Dressing Mix, and milk. Blend until it looks like a thick sauce

Crockpot Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole:

  • Crumbled Meat Version: Meat mixture, Cheese Layer #1, Tater Tots, Soup Mixture, Cheese Layer #2
  • Meatloaf Version: Tater Tots, 1/2 the soup mixture, Cheese Layer #1, Meatloaf, 1/2 the soup mixture, Cheese Layer #2
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours; high for 3 1/2 to 4

Skillet Tater Tot Casserole:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Layer as listed for the crockpot version
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Check the middle for doneness before serving.

Baking Dish Tot Casserole:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Layer as with the crockpot version in a 9x13 baking dish
  • Bake for 55 to 70 minutes. Check for doneness in the center before serving.

Freezer Meal Prep: You've two options for freezer meal prep.

  • #1. See our "Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie" recipe and check out those freezer directions. This freezes everything seperately and keeps the layers nice and neat. OR
  • #2... Layer everything as per the directions above in a freezer bag. Label and freeze upright. Defrost overnight (or at least a few hours). Flip the bag upside down. Cut the bottom off the bag and VERY carefully flip the bag into a pre-greased crock pot insert. Mash down the layers a bit and cook as directed above. 
  • Make sure to use shredded cheese when freezing. Slices don't always make it.