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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

    • Aimee Oldenburg

    Our go to easy peasy meal, it is amazing, and, as skeptical as I was about the recipe, it turns out PERFECT exactly as is. Thank you so much for this!

    • Annette

    How would you go about making this vegetarian?

      • chewoutloud

      Annette, if not full-on vegan, and depending on whether you can do dairy, you can leave the recipe as is and go meatless. If you can’t do dairy/eggs, there are now other options for vegetarians like almond milk, etc. I’ve never tried it that way, so I can’t speak to the results, but if you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

    • Doni

    My guys love Tater Tot Casserole so I figured that Breakfast TTC would be a hit and I was right. I read through all the comments and also was a bit leery of the 2 cups of milk and only 3 eggs as my usual breakfast casserole is all eggs with no milk at all. With that said, I used 4 eggs and 1 1/2 cups milk (which was actually 1 cup of 1/2 &1/2 and 1/2 cup 1% milk. Figured that would make it more like the whole milk the recipe calls for. My usual recipe takes closer to an hour to cook so planned for the longer time. I used the 1lb of hot breakfast sausage and added about 3/4 lb of cooked bacon pieces to make it meatier for the men in my family. It took about 50+ minutes to cook, set up beautifully and the tots were crispy on the top. Everyone loved it and I would definitely make again!

      • chewoutloud

      Super awesome, Doni! Thanks so much for taking the time to come over and let us know how much you enjoyed this! The men in my fam love bacon, too, so I’m right there with ya! 🙂

        • Jule Macie

        I’ve made this twice now and everyone loves it. I, too, added a fourth egg because it just didn’t seem like enough. I also added three spring onions chopped up after I added the egg mixture. Adds a great flavor. I think I will leave off the bacon next time. I love bacon but it doesn’t really add anything to the recipe in my opinion. I prefer just the sausage.

    • Koko Cito

    Made this recipe, per instructions exactly, and ended up with a 1″ pool of uncooked egg/milk (could be dangerous) in the bottom of the pan, as well as tater tots that were quite cool in the center, not hot. I used a 7×11 glass pan. If you cook this, use a 9×13 pan so the tater tots are only one layer thick and the heat has a better chance to cook the eggs thoroughly. I also recommend hot Italian sausage to amp up the flavor – the flavor of regular breakfast sausage gets lost. I’ll try this recipe again with these adjustments, but I just want people to be safe with uncooked eggs!

      • Marie

      A few people questioned the egg to milk ratio in the comments, which I thought sounded a bit off too, so I cooked this today using 5 eggs instead of 3 but it still hadn’t set after the cooking time. Put it back in for another 15 minutes and I was still left with runny milk under the potatoes and ended up throwing the whole thing out. I’d cut down the milk or up the eggs drastically (or both). Bit disappointing!

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