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Pizza Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

I have never cared for tater tot casserole. (my mom taught me to say I don’t care for something, rather than I hate it. 😉 ) But somewhere in the early years of our marriage, I found this recipe for pizza tater tot casserole, and I liked it! No cream of mushroom soup – just ground beef, pizza sauce and other pizza toppings, covered with cheese and tater tots!

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe. Easy, simple, good recipe for teens and kids to make!

Super easy and fast, this is a great recipe to keep in your file for those days when you just don’t know what else to make with ground beef again! 😀  It is also easy for teens to make. I am in the stage of life where I want lots of simple recipes that my older kids can make.


Pizza Tater Tot recipe, easy and delicious, different!Brown the ground beef, drain. Add pizza sauce, green pepper, pepperoni, (and mushrooms, if desired). Stir together and place in a 9×13 pan, or 2 quart casserole dish. I used a 12″ cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with 2 cups shredded cheese, and top with tater tots. (frozen is fine) Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or till tater tots are heated through, and cheese is melted. Serve with a salad and bread.

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe

 

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe

I am always on the look out for new, but still simple, beef recipes! This pizza tater tot casserole fits the bill perfectly. I like to keep a bag of tots in my freezer for this quick meal. You know how it is – you are planning to serve leftovers, when you get the call at 11 am that there’s half a dozen hungry cowboys to feed, instead of one! 😀

Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of like those last minute surprises! I am less stressed because I know they weren’t expecting anything. So, I pull out anything I can find, and they like it just fine!

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Pizza Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz) can pizza/pasta sauce or about 2.5 cups
  • 1 cup pepperoni, cut in half
  • ½ green pepper, diced (optional)
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or pizza blend
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef, drain.
  2. Add green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni, and pizza sauce, stir.
  3. Spread in a 9x13 pan
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the meat mixture.
  5. Top with tater tots.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 30 minutes or till heated through.

 

 

Easy Pizza Sauce

pizza sauce

Pizza sauce is a staple at our house. We use it for our Saturday night pizza, but also for spaghetti, tater-tot casserole, etc. I love to can my own, but I haven’t been able to save my tomato plants from the deer for years, now. So I have to buy it. But I am a very frugal grocery shopper! I dislike paying a lot of money for staples. So I came up with my own frugal alternative.

I have a Sam’s Club membership, (worth it just for staples, when you have 4 growing kids!) so I buy the large cans of tomato sauce (6 lb 10 oz) and add my own seasonings. I am notorious for just throwing stuff in, but since a friend wanted this recipe, I did measure this time, and I think it’s pretty close. :) But it is very adjustable. Add more or less of any spice you like  – make it how you like it.


pizza sauce

I just stir it all together and then ladle into jars (leaving a 1 inch headspace or more) and store in the freezer.

The can of sauce costs 2.77 at my store, and the spices are minimal. It makes about 4 normal size pasta jars full. I usually spread it between 5 jars, though, so the sauce has room to expand as it freezes.

Easy Pizza Sauce
 
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  • 1 can tomato sauce (6 lb 10 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 teaspoon onion powder
  • 5 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced (or 2½ teaspoons garlic powder)
Instructions
  1. Mix all together.
  2. pour into 5 jars.
  3. store in freezer.

 

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