Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
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
Aaron Hutcherson

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
Aaron Hutcherson

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

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

  • 1 32-ounce bag frozen tater tots

  • Thinly sliced chives, for serving

Method

  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
    Aaron Hutcherson
  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.)

    Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
    Aaron Hutcherson
    Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
    Aaron Hutcherson
    Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
    Aaron Hutcherson
    Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
    Aaron Hutcherson
  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
    Aaron Hutcherson
  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
    Aaron Hutcherson
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
468 Calories
32g Fat
26g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 468
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 1114mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 497mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.