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The best Tater Tot Hotdish recipe 2021

Best Tater Tot Hotdish recipe is an easy, one-dish dinner often served in Minnesota at such large gatherings as family reunions, potlucks or church suppers. Don’t be turned off by its humble appearance; the combination of cream of mushroom soup, corn, green beans, beef and a delightful crispy potato topping (the more taters, the better!) is universally likeable.

The best Tater Tot Hotdish recipe 2021
The best Tater Tot Hotdish recipe 2021

Ingredients

  •  4 tablespoons butter
  •  8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  •  1 cup sliced celery
  •  5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  •  1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  •  1 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning (salt-free)
  •  1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  •  2 cups milk (or half and half)
  •  1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  •  2 1/4 cups cooked shredded chicken (or turkey!)
  •  1 (12-ounce) bag EACH: pearl onions AND crinkle cut carrots, defrosted
  •  defrosted, 1 cup peas,
  •  1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  •  1- 1 1/2 (18-ounce) bag frozen tater tots (see notes)

Instructions

  1. brown the veggies: Melt the butter in a 4-quart dutch oven (use oven-safe if you don’t want to transfer to a casserole dish) over high heat. Add the mushrooms and allow them to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the celery and let it cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir to coat evenly. You’ll notice it starts getting dry and crumbly, let cook 1 minute. Season with the dried thyme, all-purpose seasoning, and garlic powder (if using).
  1. make the base: slowly stream in the milk while you use a whisk with the other hand to work out any lumps. Add the chicken broth and allow the soup to reach a simmer, this will take 8-12 minutes. While the soup reaches a simmer, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Once the soup reaches a simmer, add the shredded chicken, onions, crinkle cut carrots, and peas. Stir and allow the mixture to come back to a simmer.
  1. bake: Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer the prepared chicken mixture to the dish. Top with the shredded cheese and the tater tots. You’ll need more if you’re using a baking dish and less if you’re using a dutch oven. Bake for 27-32 minutes or until the tots get nice and golden brown. I like to turn the broiler on for the last 1-2 minutes just to give them a little more of a crisper texture. Let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • The seasoning I use is the 21 seasoning salute from trader joes which is almost the same thing as the Mrs. Dash’s.
  • If you decide to bake this off in your dutch oven, you’ll need only 1 bag of tater tots. If you decide to bake this in a casserole dish, you’ll need 1 1/2 bags of tater tots.

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