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Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is simply irresistible! Our tater tot casserole is make-ahead easy and tastes scrumptious!  Satisfying and delish…a must try dish. Breakfast-for-dinner, too!

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is easy to assemble the night before.

Tater tot breakfast casserole

Did you know that winter is all relative depending on where you live? Now that we’ve lived in Minnesota for many years, I get it.

The silver lining for all the chilly days has got to be comfort food. It doesn’t get more comforting than this cozy tater tot breakfast casserole that’s gotten so popular, more people than I can count have requested the recipe. Moms, dads, kids, and friends have enjoyed the magnificent goodness of this cheesy, crispy breakfast casserole.

You’ll ask yourself where this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole has been all your life. But it’s here now, so let’s get to it.

tater tot breakfast casserole
All your breakfast favorites in one: bacon, sausage, cheese, eggs, and potatoes!

simple pantry ingredients

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

  • 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.
  • 1 lb 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.
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided; sharp cheddar is the best. It imparts such a big cheesy flavor and melds beautifully in this casserole recipe.
  • 2 cups whole milk – you can use lowfat if you prefer.
  • 2 extra large eggs or 3 large 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.
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper; always grind your own black pepper using fresh peppercorns.
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (you can chop fresh onions, but it’s not necessary)
  • pinch of table salt (1/8 tsp) — I usually use coarse kosher salt, but we go with fine table salt here because it’s just a pinch.
  • 2 lbs frozen 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.
  • 3 TB freshly chopped parsley for garnish – optional but pretty 🙂

All that goodness, layered in one irresistible breakfast casserole.

tater tot casserole
This tater tot casserole is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner

This tater tot casserole is a simple prep-the-night-before deal that everyone will dive for. It’s loaded with all the breakfast favorites: sausage, eggs, cheese, potatoes, and bacon. It travels well for brunch potlucks and is a favorite for holidays and any old weekend.

Can you make this breakfast casserole in advance?

The best part, as always in my book, is the ease of this dish. With just a handful of simple ingredients (nine!)… it’s perfect for weekends, holidays, and even breakfast-for-dinner.

If you’re not a morning person, I hear you with big elephant ears. No need to wake up early to measure a single thing.

This tater tot casserole can easily be assembled the night before and popped into the oven the next morning for a hearty meal everyone loves waking up to.

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Pre-assemble your tater tot casserole the night before and bake it the next morning.

Can you freeze this tater tot casserole?

Technically, you can freeze the unbaked casserole after assembly by covering it airtight and freezing until ready to bake. Then, you’d bake it from frozen (not defrosted) and add bake time until fully cooked through. That said, I do believe 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.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
tater tot breakfast casserole

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

4.66 from 195 ratings
This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake 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 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 15

Ingredients  

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb ground breakfast sausage, no casings
  • 2 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, 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. If not baking right away, cover tightly with foil and chill in fridge until the next morning.
  • 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

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Nutrition

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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208 comments

    • ADan
    • 5 stars

    I agree. I made mine in a 9X 11 pan and it took FOREVER to cook in the center. the edges finally burned but the center was still not set. The next time I tried it, I used 2 small pans (8X8). at 30 minutes it was still liquid. I cooked it for 20 minutes more and it was still not firm enough. 10 more minutes and it was slightly overdone. Aside from the increased cooking times, it was YUM!!

    • Holly C
    • 5 stars

    We have used this as our Christmas morning casserole the past few years and it is perfect! Quick prep on Christmas Eve, then just pop it in Christmas morning and you have a great breakfast without having to spend any time in the kitchen. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Dianna
    • 5 stars

    My kids (young adults now) request this for Christmas morning every year!

    • Leslie Sawmiller
    • 5 stars

    Your version of tater tot casserole is the best I have seen! This is definitely a must-try!

    • Lisa Grant
    • 5 stars

    I made this for my family and they loved it! It is just perfect for Sunday brunch!

    • Jessica
    • 5 stars

    I think this will be a new christmas morning tradition my kids loved it so much! Easy, great for a crowd, and such a comfort food. Thanks!!

    • Veronika
    • 5 stars

    What a wonderful recipe! I made it yesterday and my whole family loved it 😉

    • Tammy
    • 5 stars

    Oooh ooh this looks SO good! You know, I’ve never made a tater tot casserole but I’m craving one now and I think it would a fun dish for the family.

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    This dish is definitely a Meat Feast treat. Love the combination of ingredients. Would love to make this dish on a festive day for Breakfast.

    • Elaine
    • 5 stars

    I love making it for breakfast. What a great dish to keep handy if you love cheese. So delicious!

    • Barbara Dieges
    • 5 stars

    I always have shredded potatoes on hand, could I use those instead and stir it together like you do the Crack Breakfast Casserole? Or spread the shredded potatoes on top?

    • Amanda Dixon
    • 5 stars

    We made this over the weekend, and it was delicious! Total comfort food. I especially loved all that cheesy goodness.

    • Maureen
    • 5 stars

    My cooking time was much longer than 35 minutes! I assembled just before baking and at 35 min the center was still liquid. It took an hour and the next time I make it the tots won’t be frozen. I think the cold tots retarded the cook. Having said all that, everyone loved it!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    I made this breakfast bake for brunch on Thanksgiving and it was so tasty and saved me a ton of work prepping little tiny things to eat for breakfast. I’ll definitely be making this often.

    • Helene
    • 5 stars

    Hearty and comforting meal. Made it for breakfast as dinner and everybody loved it. Definitely a recipe to make it again. Thanks

    • Bernice
    • 5 stars

    These photos really grabbed my attention. I love tater tots any time of the day but on a breakfast casserole, they are the best. Such a great start to the day!

    • Megan Ellam
    • 5 stars

    damn this is good! So simple and freakin delicious!

    • Melinda
    • 5 stars

    Such a clever way to enjoy tater tots – at breakfast! Love the combo of bacon and sausage, this is hearty, filling and makes a comforting breakfast especially on a chilly morning.

    • Mary
    • 5 stars

    You had me at cheese and tots, then I saw bacon AND sausage. This is delicious. I will make it again for Christmas morning. Good job!

    • Amanda

    How can I make this from a crock pot

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