The other night I was in the mood for a good tater tot casserole, but I didn’t want to heat up the oven. I figured that since everything I put into it is already cooked, except the tater tots, I could do it without the oven.
I cooked the tater tots in an electric skillet which was a trade off because then they were cooked in oil (less healthy but oh, so good). It turned out well and really hit the spot.
- 1 – 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
- 6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 2 pounds frozen tater tots
- 1 recipe cream of mushroom or chicken soup
- 1/4 cup liquid (water, milk, or milk substitute)
- In an electric skillet or large stovetop skillet, cook the tater tots in oil.
- Sauté and drain the ground beef in a skillet. Remove the beef to a bowl.
- Add a little oil to the skillet and add the onion and pepper. When almost cooked, add the mushrooms and cook until tender.
- While the other parts are cooking, make the batch of cream soup.
- Add the 1/4 cup liquid to the soup to thin it.
- Combine the beef, vegetables, and soup in your skillet or a pot and make sure everything is hot.
- Spread this mixture into a rectangular baking dish and put the tater tots on top.
- Serve immediately.