I love a good Tater Tot Casserole; hot warm comfort food in the middle of winter is just really hard to beat. Mix it up, cover tightly, bake, go play a game and dinner is mostly done. Using Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup makes it quick and easy to whip together, too. My mother always made some version of a Tater Tot casserole when I was growing up, and I thought they were universal. Was I wrong!
So many folks wrote to me to comment on my Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole post--about how they'd never tried one--and I must confess, I was surprised. So my mission is to get everyone to try a version of a Tater Tot Casserole since there are many different recipes out there. And they're so easily modified to your family's particular tastes that there is sure to be one that appeals to you and your family, even a family with picky kids. One way to get your picky kids interested in eating something new is to include them in making it, and most Tater Tot Casserole recipes are easy enough to have kids help you put them together.
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole version is a little more fun, a little different and a LOT of good eating. I used a can of Campbell's Cream Mushroom Soup for the base, basic ranch ingredients, boneless chicken thighs, chopped bacon and Tater Tots for a dinner that cooked while we played a long game of cards. I love how I can keep all the ingredients in my various pantries and pull them out whenever I need a quick delicious meal. It's just nice to have everything on hand.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tot Casserole
oven 400˚ and reduced to 350˚
2 pounds Tater Tots
2 teaspoons dill weed
1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
¼ cup milk
4-5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
½ cup chopped bacon--uncooked
preheat the oven to 400˚
line the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with about half the Tater Tots
in a mixing bowl whisk the dill weed, onion powder and garlic powder
whisk in the soup and the milk
cube the chicken, roughly cut it into dice size pieces
stir the chicken into the soup mix
add most of the bacon pieces saving about a Tablespoon for the top of the casserole
stir to combine well
pour over the top of the Tater Tots
top with the rest of Tater Tots
sprinkle with the reserved bacon pieces
cover tightly with foil bake a 400˚ for 30 minutes then reduce the heat 350˚ and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes until the chicken in cooked through and the whole dish is bubbling
switch on the broiler
remove the cover and briefly run it under the broiler to crisp the top of the casserole
or just serve immediately without broiling it
If you're in need of more ideas for the picky eater in your life, why not check out the Campbell's Recipe Collection. It's stocked with lots of family favorite recipes to tempt the picky eater in your life.