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Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is crispy on top, tender in the center, and busting at the seems with big flavors. It’s an overnight breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before. Breakfast-for-dinner, too!

Tater Tot Casserole in white Dish.
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is easy to assemble the night before.

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Why This Recipe Stands Out

  • Tater Tots: Every kid and grownup alike loves tater tots, especially when layered on top of all your hot breakfast favorites.
  • Crispy: The tater tots will bake up beautifully golden and crispy on top.
  • Bacon: This is (kind of) optional, but crispy, smoky bacon crumbled on top of this breakfast casserole makes it a standout!
  • Overnight: Fully assemble this tater tot casserole the night before and bake it in the morning – super easy!
  • Family and Friends: You’ll essentially become the king or queen of breakfast, once they taste this tater tot casserole. Every time we bring this recipe to a brunch party, we get recipe requests – you will, too.
Tater Tot Casserole in baking dish.
All your breakfast favorites in one: bacon, sausage, cheese, eggs, and potatoes!

Simple Recipe ingredients

This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake is teeming with all our AM faves: breakfast sausage, bacon, cheese, eggs, and potatoes.

  • Bacon: 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled; I really like thick cut, applewood style bacon here. Get it really nice and crispy, let the oil drain, and crumble away. You can do this ahead of time, as the bacon stays crisp on the counter while you prepare the rest of the breakfast casserole.
  • Sausage: ground breakfast sausage, no casings; my favorite kind are the Italian seasoned, but feel free to use your preferred ground sausage. You’ll brown it and break it up in the skillet before adding to the breakfast casserole.
  • Cheese: sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided; sharp cheddar is the best. It imparts such a big cheesy flavor and melds beautifully in this casserole recipe.
  • Milk: whole milk is preferred for a creamier texture, but you can use low-fat if you prefer.
  • Eggs: if you’re wondering why there aren’t more eggs in this breakfast casserole recipe, it’s because 3 large eggs is just the right amount to allow the tater tots to crisp up nicely during baking.
  • Tater Tots: your favorite brand will work fine, as long as it’s un-seasoned. Just be sure to keep it frozen until ready to assemble.
  • Seasonings: freshly ground pepper from fresh peppercorns, onion powder, salt, and freshly chopped parsley, if you’d like a bit of color.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. Brown Sausage: In a very large skillet, cook sausage on medium high heat, breaking up the meat and browning it. Drain and layer onto the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over cooked sausage.
  2. Combine Filling: In a large bowl, hand-whisk together the milk, eggs, pepper, onion powder, and salt. Pour evenly over the cheese and sausage in baking dish. Layer top with frozen tater tots.
  1. Bake: When ready to bake, set oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Once oven reaches 350F, place uncovered casserole in oven for about 35 minutes.
  2. Topping: Top with additional 1/2 cup cheese, cooked/crumbled bacon, and bake another 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley, let rest at room temp 10 minutes, and serve.
Tater Tot Casserole in White Dish.
This tater tot casserole is perfect for lunch or dinner.

What to Serve with Tater Tot Casserole

Fruits

Yogurt

Oatmeal

Commonly Asked Questions

What is tater tot breakfast casserole?

A tater tot breakfast casserole is a hearty and flavorful breakfast dish made with frozen tater tots, eggs, cheese, milk and seasonings.

Can I make this tater tot casserole the night before?

This dish can be fully assembled the night before. Cover airtight, chill in fridge overnight, and let it come to room temperature as the oven preheats.

Can I freeze tater tot casserole?

You can freeze the unbaked casserole after assembly by covering it airtight and freezing until ready to bake. Then, bake it from frozen (not defrosted) and add bake time until fully cooked through. The texture may come out differently from the original recipe. My suggestion would be to pre-assemble the casserole the night before (at most, up to 2 nights before) and keep covered/chilled in fridge. Then bake according to recipe instructions.

What to serve with tater tot breakfast casserole?

We love serving this hearty breakfast casserole with fresh fruits, more crispy bacon on the side, yogurt, and oatmeal.

Can I make this vegetarian?

You can make a vegetarian tater tot breakfast casserole by omitting the bacon and using plant-based sausage crumbles instead of regular sausage!

Is tater tot breakfast casserole gluten free?

This dish is naturally gluten-free, so more people can eat and enjoy! Just double check that the brand of tater tots you buy is certified gluten-free.

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Tater Tot Casserole in White Dish.

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

4.82 from 368 ratings
This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is super easy, can be prepped the night before, and incredibly delicious! Kids and grownups alike will devour this. Sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb ground sausage, no casings
  • 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese, sharp, shredded, divided
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 extra large eggs, or 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch of table salt, 1/8 tsp
  • 2 lbs tater tots, frozen
  • 3 TB freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Brown Sausage: In a very large skillet, cook sausage on medium high heat, breaking up the meat and browning it. Once cooked through, drain and layer onto the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over cooked sausage.
  • Combine Filling: In a large bowl, hand-whisk together the milk, eggs, pepper, onion powder, and salt. Once mixed, pour evenly over the cheese and sausage in baking dish. Layer top with frozen tater tots.
  • Bake: When ready to bake, set oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Once oven reaches 350F, place uncovered casserole in oven for about 35 minutes*
  • Top with additional 1/2 cup cheese, cooked/crumbled bacon, and bake another 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley, let rest at room temp 10 minutes, and serve.

Notes

  • For substitutions, variations, and serving suggestions, please see original article. 
  • Tater tot casserole can be fully assembled the night before, wrapped airtight and chilled, and baked the following morning. 
  • If casserole is very cold from the fridge, you will need to increase bake time, closer to 1 hour. Note that bake time will vary due to individual ovens. 
  • We recommend serving this casserole fresh, but leftovers can be covered and chilled. Reheat in the oven for best results.   
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Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Oven

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262 comments

    • Brenda Rios Ochoa

    After reading through tons of comments/reviews on this recipe I decided to try it out for a breakfast potluck at work. I felt confident enough to tweak it based on my own preference. I used a bit more cheese, 4 large eggs, reduced-fat milk, replaced the onion powder for chopped onions, and chopped about 12 slices of bacon instead of 4. Even with all of this, the dish came out great so I would say as long as you bake it long enough, there’s no wrong way to really do it. This was a total hit at work and without a doubt will be a hit at home!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay!! So happy they all liked this!

    • Amy Willmott-DeVos

    Made this for Christmas potluck at my work and it was a hit! Planning to now make it for Christmas morning…it was so handy assembling it the night before and just throwing it into the oven in the morning! I did have to cook mine for an additional 15 minutes but my oven is always a bit off anyway and I added a 3rd extra large egg. It was delicious!!!!

      • chewoutloud

      Love that you guys loved it! Thanks for coming over, Amy! 🙂

        • PCON22

        I’ve been making this dish for a couple of years now for special occasions. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years breakfasts. Opening Day for MLB season. It’s always a hit. I’ve made it exactly as the recipe calls for and haven’t had any issues. I usually do 3 XL/Jumbo eggs and keep the milk ratio to 2 cups. Never runny, always comes out perfect.

        Any insight into the nutritional values?

    • Kristen

    Hi! Is there a benefit to layering the ingredients? Or could you just mix the cheese and sausage right in with the tater tots? Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      I’m guessing it would work fine if you perfer to mix it up 🙂 Enjoy and happy cooking, Kristen! 🙂

      • Andy

      I’d definitely recommend layering the tots on top because they crisp up beautifully that way.

        • Annabelle G.
        • 5 stars

        Made recipe as is and it was a hit – definitely be sure to let the casserole sit after taking out of the oven. Did add a little more sausage as my pan was a little larger.

    • Julie

    Has anyone had success with making ahead and freezing? Cooked or uncooked before freezing? We make this dish regularly for family and friends as it is amazing. I am currently pregnant with our 3rd and looking to stock the freezer.

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