Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Tater tots plus eggs plus sausage equals a one-skillet breakfast casserole you can eat all week long. Call it a hot dish or call it a tater tot casserole, either way, it's good!

Photography Credit: Aaron Hutcherson

Give me sausage, eggs, potatoes, and cheese for breakfast, and I know it’ll be a great day ahead.

This tater tot casserole combines all of these items into one delicious breakfast dish. It makes a great dish for a weekend brunch, or add it to your meal plan and eat it for breakfast throughout the week!

Some of you might know this casserole as “a hotdish,” a term that originates in the upper Midwest. A hotdish typically contains a starch (like potatoes), a meat, and vegetables.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast tater tot casserole follows the same basic formula. It’s made with tater tots, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and eggs. I skipped the “vegetable” component in an effort to keep the recipe streamlined, but you could also add some chopped bell peppers or cooked mushrooms if you have them.

This is an easy one-skillet dish with minimal prep that can provide breakfast for a crowd. It’s also a great make-ahead dish! Since I tend to cook solely for myself, I ended up reheating slices of this casserole for breakfast throughout the week (and even a few times for dinner) — it was fantastic reheated!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Admittedly, I realize that some readers might want to avoid processed foods. I used Ore Ida brand tater tots in this recipe, but if you are looking for something organic, Alexia has some great options that would work.

And just as a heads up, I only needed about three-quarters of the bag that I purchased, so you’ll have extra tater tots that you can save for another use—bonus!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 12 ounces ground pork breakfast sausage
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra to sprinkle over top
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (whole) milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • One 32-ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • Thinly sliced chives, for serving

Special equipment:


1 Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

2 Cook the sausage: Warm a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat, and add the sausage. Cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from heat.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

3 Assemble the casserole: Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Spread the sausage into an even layer over the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese, and pour the egg mixture over the top.

Arrange the frozen tater tots over the egg mixture in concentric circles, starting with a row around the rim of the pan and working your way in, or vice versa. (You won't use the entire bag; reserve remaining tater tots for another use.)

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4 Bake the casserole. Bake until the eggs have fully set and the cheese has melted, 35 to 40 minutes. If desired, sprinkle some additional cheese over top and bake an extra minute or two, until the cheese has melted.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

5 Serve: Let the casserole cool slightly before cutting into wedges. Sprinkle with some sliced chives and serve. Leftovers will keep for about 5 days.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Aaron Hutcherson

Aaron or “Hutch” is the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch, which features a delicious variety of savory and sweet recipes. He grew up in the Midwest, but has called New York City home for nearly a decade.

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  1. Brad

    Made this exactly as written except used half sausage and half chopped cooked bacon. 35 minutes in cast iron skillet was perfect cook time for me. I served with salsa and sour cream on the side and some fresh cilantro as well as the chives. I didn’t find it excessively salty at all. I thought it was great and would make again. Thanks for a great simple recipe.


  2. christine

    do you drian the cooked sausage before assembling the casserole?

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  3. Idelissa

    This is a great recipe. I looked to reviews, where it said it was too salty. Removed the casings from jhonsonville breakfast sausage and browned as instructed . I tasted it and it was quite salty so I rinsed the cooked sausage in a colander. It was less salty but less so, and a little less fatty too! I took a chance and omitted salt. Family eating it happily! Thank you


  4. Melody Gardner

    I made this and it is one versatile recipe! We loved it. I used sausage, but you could use any kind of ground meat with spices, hot or not. I added onions, a little garlic, cumin, chili pepper to the bottom layer. Then Mexican grated cheese blend, the eggs with added ancho chili powder. The rest went as the recipe recommends. However, I served it with peach salsa ( The sweet went well with the sausage) and sour cream. This was a total hit!!!


  5. Don

    Had to cook about an hour to set, but this was great. No extra salt. Browned the sausage separately and cooked in a 12″ pyrex dish.


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