Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole

Have you ever had one of those days when you aren’t sure how you are going to get home after a crazy day of work/kids/carpool/life and make something your family will eat?  While I have kids who will eat about anything, there are plenty of nights I wonder how I’m going to feed my family before they have to be asleep!

I have the perfect meal for you!  And in this case, I didn’t even make it!  My 14 year old daughter had supper prepared for the family while I was trying to get home after a crazy day of work.

Enter Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole.  It may not be a gourmet meal.  Or maybe it reminds you of your college days when you couldn’t afford to buy expensive groceries, but it’s a meal everyone in your family will eat!  It’s also a meal you could make on a nice fall afternoon, while watching your favorite family member play youth football, run a giant cross country meet that takes all day, or plays in a volleyball tournament that last for hours!  Tailgating isn’t just done at college sports, it’s at plenty of youth events as well!

Alexandra was thrilled to make this completely on her own.  In fact, I was still at work when I called her, rattled off the recipe, and she assembled it in my favorite Colts Crock Pot.  By the time the kids got done with their cross country and football practices, supper was done and I didn’t lift a finger.  Thank goodness for kids who jump in and help!

Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole
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Ingredients
  • 32 oz bag frozen tater tots
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef and drain well. Or place the beef on a paper towel-lined plate and pat to absorb extra grease.
  2. Place half the tater tots into the bottom of a Crock Pot that you have sprayed with nonstick spray.
  3. Spread the ground beef over the tater tots
  4. Pour the tomatoes over the ground beef
  5. Spread the cream of mushroom soup over the tomatoes
  6. Spread the remaining tater tots over the soup
  7. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours.
  8. In the last half hour of cooking, spread the shredded cheese over the entire top layer of tater tots.
  9. Replace lid and continue to cook until cheese has melted.

 

 

This meal reminds me so much of something my roommates and I ate in college!  Brings back fun memories!

This fall, when my Farmer is in the field during long hours of corn and soybean harvest, this is one easy meal I can take to him or quickly feed my kids.  What’s your favorite meal to take to your kids sporting events?  I’d love to hear about it!

Instant Pot Broccoli Ham Cheddar Soup

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup is one of my favorite soups of all time.  It’s full of yummy cheesy goodness that I love but I feel like I’m eating a bit better since there is broccoli in there too!  With Easter on the horizon, and ham on our Easter menu, I’m already thinking about how to use the leftover ham we will have.

As a 4th generation hog farmer, ham is always on our families Easter menu.  And there is great selection at my grocery store.  Ham is a great buy around Easter.  I like to buy a spiral sliced ham.  I usually don’t use the sauce packet that is included.  I like to make my own sauce to baste the ham!

In this case, the leftover ham is going in my Broccoli Ham Cheddar Soup being made in my Instant Pot!

If you’ve seen my last few recipes, it’s all been Instant Pot creations!  And they are filling soups, comfort food, and better than anything I can buy in a restaurant.

How does your family use leftover Easter ham?  Try this soup and let me know what you think!

 

Instant Pot Broccoli Ham Cheddar Soup
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Serves: 10 servings
 
An easy, comforting soup that can be made in minutes!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 pound ham, chopped
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk or heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tbs hot sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place chopped broccoli, ham, onion, chicken broth and carrots in the Instant Pot.
  2. Place on Manual high pressure for 15 minutes. Make sure the valve is turned to sealed.
  3. Do a quick release and stir in milk or heavy cream.
  4. Place pot back on saute until for about 5 minutes. Do not bring to boil
  5. Stir in cheese until melted. Add hot sauce as desired.

 

 

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