Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

When I was old enough to be home alone after school, mom would sometimes leave me with the instructions of assembling a tater tot hotdish for that night’s dinner. It was simple and she knew that even a kid couldn’t screw it up because it consisted of only 3 ingredients: hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, and tater tots.

The instructions were to pat the raw hamburger into the pan, season with salt and pepper, pour the soup over the top, and line up the tater tots into perfectly straight rows. Baked for an hour in a 350-degree oven, dinner’s main dish was done.

Growing up, hot dish was served everywhere and I got a little hot dished out. I don’t make it anymore, unless lasagna and chili qualify? Then I learned just last year– after being together for 24 years– that Scott likes tater tot hot dish. Alrighty, then. So I customized a version with the all of the flavors of his favorite Friday night splurge meal: a bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries.

Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Author: Cara Lanz

Tester: Scott Lanz

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. bacon
  • 1 1/2 bags sweet potato tater tots

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • several dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place bacon on wire rack on sheet tray and cook 15-20 minutes, until crispy. Reduce oven to 350 degrees.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Brown ground beef and onion in large sauce pot until cooked through. Drain. Stir in remaining ground beef mixture ingredients until combined, bring to simmer 5-10 minutes. Spread into 9×13” pan.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

In medium sauce pan, melt butter, add flour and whisk until combined. Add broth and whisk away any lumps. Then add milk, salt and pepper and whisk until smooth. Add cheese and stir until melted. Pour over meat mixture.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Crumble bacon over cheese mixture.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Line sweet potato tots into perfectly straight rows. This is non-negotiable, no random tossing of the tots allowed. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until bubbly. Let rest 5-10 minutes

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Tater Tot Hotdish Sandwich

And if you’re looking for something to do with your leftovers, how about a tater tot hot dog with an ear of corn?  Warm up hot dish in microwave. Spread chipotle mayo on brat-sized bun, arrange hotddish on bun. Place under broiler until bun is brown and hotdish is bubbling, about 5 minutes.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

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