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Sloppy Joe tater tot casserole in a cast-iron skillet.

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

This Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole has all the same great flavors as sloppy Joe’s. But it has a cheesy and crunchy golden brown cheesy tater top layer. This is an easy recipe that even the kids will love for dinner.
4.62 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 419 kcal


  • 1 28 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup green bell pepper (diced)
  • cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • cups cheddar cheese (grated)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and set aside.
  • In a large skillet heat butter over medium-high heat. Add diced green bell pepper and yellow onion. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and garlic to skillet and brown. While cooking break apart ground beef. Cook 5-6 minutes then drain excess fat.
  • Add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, brown sugar, yellow mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt, ground black pepper and onion powder. Stir well until combined. Cook for 5 minutes to thicken up sauce.
  • Add ground beef to prepared baking dish. Spread evenly to coat entire pan. Sprinkle a layer of half of the cheddar cheese. Add tater tops on top of cheese evenly. Then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown and cheese and sauce are bubbling.
  • Remove from oven and let cool 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!


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Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 21gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 1296mgPotassium: 870mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8g
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