Our Easy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole takes minutes to assemble and the result is a dish that’s perfect for family breakfast, fancy brunch, or a church potluck! A cheesy, comfort food casserole loved by kids and adults! This tater tot breakfast casserole is truly the perfect one-dish meal.
Warm and cheesy, this breakfast tater tot casserole is like a hug. It is a perfect compliment to any table.
Bacon, potatoes, sausage, eggs (and did I mention cheese?) combine to make a meal that encompasses all of your favorite breakfast foods, in one. Perfect with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or a tall glass of orange juice.
Kid-friendly, parent approved, this is one you won’t want to skip!
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HOW DO YOU MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE?
There are about a million ways to make tater tot casserole. You can make a tater tot breakfast casserole with sausage and sausage only! My family prefers a tater tot sausage breakfast casserole with bacon hands down!
But you, dear reader, might have a house full of bacon lovers! Whip them up a tater tot breakfast casserole with bacon galore!
One quick search of “tater tot casserole breakfast” on Pinterest will prove that tater tot recipes are to casseroles like shoes are to closets. You can never have too many, but it’s also a tad overwhelming and you’re never sure which casserole to wear…er, make.
There are so many choices. You can make them with everything from condensed soup to powdered ranch mix. It really depends on your own personal preference.
Casseroles became popular in the 1950’s, as it was around this time that new forms of bakeware appeared on the market. The one pan, one dish concept was immediately incredibly popular among busy women.
Obviously, it stuck, since casserole dishes remain at the forefront of many weeknight dinners today.
Most (if not all) casseroles are put together with the bulk of the ingredients (i.e. bacon, sausage) baking in added liquid (beaten eggs, milk). Tater tot casseroles are no different.
The liquid thickens in the oven, creating a delicious, gooey combination of crisp potatoes and bubbly cheese. The savory flavors are a perfect compliment to a sweet side. Try our Blueberry Coffee Cake to create the perfect, classic breakfast duo.
CAN YOU MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE AHEAD OF TIME?
Absolutely! This recipe, in particular, is fantastic for a make-ahead dish.
Whether you’re prepping it at home for breakfast the next day or making a large batch to take to a brunch, it’s very easy to assemble.
It can be whipped up at any time and kept in the fridge for 24-48 hours before baking. I do recommend baking it within the first 24 for taste.
Our version contains raw eggs, as many of them do, so be sure to keep it well covered and separate from other foods. Safety first, friends!
CAN YOU FREEZE TATER TOT CASSEROLE?
You sure can! The freezing ability of casseroles reigns far above most foods. They freeze well. They just DO. The best part is that when you take them out, unthaw, heat and consume…they taste just as good!
Here’s How: After baking, place your casserole or leftover portions, into a freezer safe container and freeze away!
I like to divide it up into a few smaller, individual servings, so I can just take it out and warm it in the microwave, anytime I’m looking for a quick, easy breakfast!
Tip: Casseroles with cooked eggs should not be stored for longer than 3 months. Don’t worry though, it will never take you that long to eat it. Check out these fantastic guidelines on freezing food and storage time.
CAN YOU MAKE TATER TOT CASSEROLE IN THE CROCKPOT?
We all love the crockpot for one reason: convenience. It helps us live life a little more simply. It’s a great convenience having breakfast ready to go when you’re trying to get the family out the door in the morning.
It’s almost as fantastic as being home alone with a king-sized Toblerone and a Gilmore Girls marathon.
All you have to do to make this happen is to get up early. You don’t even have to stay up. You can stumble joyously back to bed, knowing that breakfast for your family will be ready when they all wake up!
- Follow the recipe instructions as listed below, but combine in your slow cooker instead of a casserole dish.
- Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 4-5.
Oh, and as just a little side note, Check out the photo above. This is my favorite part of this whole dish! The amazing crispy edges!!!
I’m telling you this dish is perfection!
RECIPE NOTES FOR TATER TOT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE:
Versatile: One of my favorite parts about this tater tot breakfast casserole is that the flavors are completely interchangeable!
You can switch up any added ingredients based upon personal preference, and isn’t that what cooking is all about?!
The tater tot breakfast casserole Tasty recommends uses condensed French Onion Soup for flavor, but even with water, it turns out a bit thick.
You’re better off stealing any little tasty bits and bobs that you have in your fridge to make something all your own. Leftover ham works wonderfully. Veggies, a pinch of garlic powder, maybe some pepper jack cheese and sriracha for spice…the possibilities are endless.
If you do decide to spice it up, try our Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins as a sweet and tangy addition. The lemon compliments a spicier dish perfectly. You won’t be sorry!
Our tater tot breakfast casserole recipe is also incredibly easy to lighten. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious as is, but you’ll see yet another change in flavor if you try chicken sausage, turkey bacon, or even skim milk!
Make it Vegetarian: On that note, we created our tater tot breakfast casserole with bacon and sausage, but making it vegetarian is easier than convincing a three year old to skip a nap.
Omit the bacon and sausage (obviously) and add a plethora of vegetables. Trust me when I say that you can literally add almost any vegetable to this dish to create the ultimate tater tot breakfast casserole no meat version!
Diced bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and even broccoli are just a few examples of fresh veggies that complement the taters…and please the tots. Kids LOVE the veggie version. See what I did there?
You can even attempt the tater tot casserole sausage fake out. Use Morningstar Farms sausage crumbles! Oh, let me count the ways…
Simplicity: No matter how you decide to make this dish, the fact that the tater tots can go right into the pan from the freezer, and that it can be prepped in advance or made completely in the same day, makes it incredibly appealing for not only weekday breakfasts, but for large events as well!
This dish is simple, yet delicious.
Perfect for beginners in the kitchen and for those of you who’ve been around the whisk a few times.
Great if you’re pressed for time, fantastic if you have all the time in the world. The tools required are those present in every kitchen, whereas other recipes, like the tater tot breakfast casserole Pioneer Woman makes frequently, calls for a cast iron skillet and a couple other steps that aren’t really time savers.
It’s definitely delicious, but with our recipe, there’s no sacrificing time for the taste.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
Our Easy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole takes minutes to assemble and the result is a dish that's perfect for family breakfast, fancy brunch, or a church potluck!
- 2 (9 Ounce) Packages Sausage Links
- 1 Pound Bacon
- 1 (32 Ounce) Package Tater Tots
- 12 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Green Onions Thinly Sliced
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
- 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded~Divided
- 2 Tablespoons Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook the sausage in a skillet until cooked through. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and drain skillet of all fat. Slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
Cook bacon in the same, defatted skillet until brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble.
Arrange Tater Tots in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Whisk together eggs, milk, 1/4 cup green onions, salt, and pepper. Stir in cooked sausage and half the cooked bacon. Fold in 1 cup Monterey jack cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese into egg mixture. Pour egg mixture over tater tots.
Bake in preheated oven until egg mixture is set and, 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1 cheddar cup cheese, pop back in the oven, about 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted. Allow to stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining half crumbled bacon and green onions and serve.
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