This one pan tater tot casserole is for nights when you need cheesy, beefy potato goodness. For those nights when you don’t have a lot of time. Or when all the other dishes are dirty. One skillet and a few key ingredients will have this on the table ready to eat.
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One Pan, Lots of Flavor
I don’t do the dishes very often. My wonderful husband takes care of them most nights. He loves this tater tot casserole because there’s only a skillet and a spatula to clean. And he’s definitely a meat & potatoes guy. Because everything cooks in the same pan, there’s layers of flavor. Meat browns in the skillet, then the cheese sauce is made with the meat still in the pan. Top it with tater tots and bake.
You can’t pull this off as a one pan dinner without an oven safe skillet. I love our skillet from DaTerra Cucina! It’s made in Italy with nonstick ceramic and has held up beautifully to almost daily use for years. I’ve scorched food in it a few times (it happens to the best of us). After washing and reconditioning with a little oil, it’s good as new again.
Adjust for Your Tastes
The great thing about meat, cheese, and potatoes is that they’re excellent vehicles for flavor, as all of them can handle a fair amount of seasoning. I use a scoop of chili garlic sauce to add more flavor. If its not an ingredient you keep on hand, skip it! You could try a little chili sauce, some BBQ sauce or tomato sauce instead.
To make some bigger flavor changes swap out ground turkey for chorizo (be sure to drain after browning) and add in some spicy jalapenos. Or use ground chicken and a little buffalo sauce. Try breakfast sausage to make this into a brunch dish. Get creative and do what tastes good to you!