Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is the ultimate comfort food made with ground beef, cheese, sloppy joe mix and topped with tater tots.
Sloppy Joe sandwiches are so messy, I end up eating them with a fork anyways. So why not through it in a casserole dish with some cheddar cheese and tots?
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients
To make this beef casserole recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):
- Ground beef
- Sloppy joe mix
- Yellow onion
- Green pepper
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Frozen tater tots
How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine hamburger and sloppy joe sauce. Cook until the meat is fully browned. Add in onion and bell pepper and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
In a 9×13 casserole dish, pour the sloppy joe mixture into the bottom, evenly spread. Top sloppy joe mixture with half of the tater tots, all lined flat and even across the entire top. Cover completely with all of the cheese. Place the remaining tater tots on top of the cheese to create the final layer. Be sure to place tater tots flat and even across.
Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. When cooking time is done, remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Do I Have to Use Lean Meat?
If you are not using 93% (or higher) lean ground beef, do not cook the ground beef with the sloppy joe mix. Instead brown the ground beef first and drain over a layer of paper towels. From there, mix in the sloppy joe mix and cook thoroughly before adding in the veggies.
What is The Best Cheese for this Dish?
This dish is best with freshly grated cheddar cheese or bagged shredded cheddar that specifies “great for melting”. Otherwise cheese will not melt as optimally. When the casserole is fully cooked, the tater tots should be golden brown and the cheese should be bubbly.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days after cooking.