In this recipe, we will be making a Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole, which is not only easy to prepare but also delicious and perfect for kids. The main ingredient we will be playing with is tater tots, which are not only cute but also add an interesting texture to the dish.
One fun aspect of making this casserole is that you can line up the tater tots in the casserole dish, which can be a fun activity to do with your children. The casserole itself has all the classic flavors of a Sloppy Joe sandwich and is loaded with cheese to satisfy all the cheese lovers out there. Cream cheese is mixed in with the beefy Sloppy Joe sauce, and generous layers of cheddar cheese are added between the sauce and the tater tots.
Despite its simplicity, this casserole is full of flavor and is sure to please both children and adults. So let’s get started and start cooking this tasty meal!
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 sweet/yellow onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 can (15 oz.) corn, drained
- 1 can (24 oz.) Sloppy Joe sauce
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
- 32 oz. frozen tater tots
1Over medium-high heat, brown beef until cooked. Drain any fat and remove and set aside.
2In the same pan, saute onions and garlic until translucent.
3Add red bell pepper and corn and cook until soft.
4Add beef, Sloppy Joe sauce, cream cheese, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
5Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
6Pour the beef mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish and spread evenly.
7Top with a layer of 1 cup of cheese.
8Arrange tater tots and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
9Bake at 450°F for 20 minutes or until the tater tots are crispy and golden.
10Dish and serve hot. Enjoy!