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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This tater tot breakfast casserole is a Midwest-inspired recipe that's going to be your new breakfast staple. It's easy, high-protein, and a guaranteed crowdpleaser.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Get ready to enjoy a higher protein version of a delicious Midwest staple! This tater tot casserole will quickly become a family favorite. It's a crowdpleaser for every age! It's quick, easy, and ready for your meal prep needs.

You'll find tater tot breakfast casserole's roots in the Midwest. A farm wives' solution for a quick, easy meal has survived and evolved over the years. Get ready for the yummiest version yet when you try this recipe!

Tater tot breakfast casserole ingredients

Gather all these ingredients and you'll be ready!

  • turkey sausage 
  • egg whites
  • nonfat cottage cheese 
  • tater tots
  • cheddar cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder

Tater tot breakfast casserole substitution ideas

  • Turkey sausage: I like turkey sausage for breakfast recipes, but you could substitute another type of ground meat.
  • Egg whites: Instead of egg whites, you could use whole eggs. 1.5 cups of egg whites is equivalent to 6 whole eggs.
  • Cheese: This recipe (and many others for tater tot casserole) call for cheddar but you can substitute for your favorite shredded cheese!

How to make tater tot breakfast casserole

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking grease and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown turkey sausage and drain excess grease from skillet. Set aside.
  • In a blender, add egg whites, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Blend until creamy.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the bottom of the greased casserole dish.
  • Add the cooked turkey sausage. Next, sprinkle ½ of the cheese across the top.
  • Evenly distribute the tater tots across the top of the casserole. Add the remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 375 for 40 mins.

How long does tater tot casserole last in the fridge?

After you finish making your tater tot casserole, you can store in the fridge for up to 5 days! This makes it a perfect dish for a breakfast meal prep.

Either store it in the dish you made it in covered with some foil, or place in individual airtight containers. If you go down the individual container route, it is easy for meal prep to grab one out when you're ready to heat it up!

How to reheat tater tot casserole

When you're ready to reheat your leftovers, simply place a portion in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and you'll be ready to go!

Is tater tot casserole a Midwest thing?

Yes! As I said before, this casserole (and many others) find their origins in the Midwest. If you're from the Midwest, it's likely you've had some variation of this recipe before.

What is tater tot casserole made of?

Tater tot casserole has some variation of the same few ingredients. Obviously, the first being tater tots! It has a ground meat, something to add some creaminess (this recipe calls for nonfat cottage cheese), and cheese!

What goes with tater tot casserole?

At the top of my list for a side is some fresh fruit! We typically have some kind of fruit with breakfast, but the sweetness of the fruit would really complement the savory nature of this breakfast casserole.

Other delicious breakfast ideas

Try these other yummy breakfast dishes from Jordo's World:

This is a picture of tater tot breakfast casserole. There is a large white casserole dish filled the tater tot goodness. There is layer of circle tater tots baked into a light yellow and white creamy middle, sprinkled with melted cheddar cheese.
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5 from 24 votes

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This tater tot breakfast casserole is a Midwest-inspired recipe that's going to be your new breakfast staple. It's easy, high-protein, and a guaranteed crowdpleaser.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast casserole, tater tot breakfast casserole, tater tot casserole, tater tots
Servings: 6
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • casserole dish
  • skillet
  • oven

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey sausage lean (16 oz)
  • 1.5 cup egg whites (368 grams)
  • 1.5 cup nonfat cottage cheese (342 grams)
  • 6 servings tater tots rounds (504 grams)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded (56 grams)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking grease and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown turkey sausage and drain excess grease from skillet. Set aside.
  • In a blender, add egg whites, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Blend until creamy.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the bottom of the greased casserole dish.
  • Add the cooked turkey sausage. Next, sprinkle ½ of the cheese across the top.
  • Evenly distribute the tater tots across the top of the casserole. Add the remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 375 for 40 mins.

Notes

  • To meal prep: Make according to instructions. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Split into 6 containers (one serving each) or store in a big container and serve as needed.
  • 1 serving is 246 grams or ⅙ of the total recipe.
  • I used Ore-Ida Golden Crispy Crowns (round tater tots)
  • For a lower fat option, use low fat cheddar cheese
  • This recipe is gluten-free.
  • To make DF: Use dairy-free cottage cheese & shredded cheese.
  • To track on MyFitnessPal and MacrosFirst: Search Jordo’s World + “Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole”

Nutrition

Serving: 246grams | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g
Recipe Rating




Danielle

Saturday 4th of May 2024

I make this every time my 14 year old has friends over for a sleepover. They love it and I love that it is healthier! I’ve never mentioned the cottage cheese part to them 😆. Love how quick, easy and minimal ingredients it is!! Thank you Jordo!!! We also love the cinnamon roll bake recipe!

Hope Gustafson

Monday 1st of April 2024

DELICIOUS!! We ate this suuuuper fast; it was TOO good!! I normally comment about if recipes are easy to re-heat or not, but this one I am not sure about because we ate it all before I needed to refrigerate it. OOPS! So, so yummy!!

Jordan Smith

Saturday 6th of April 2024

HAHA we can relate to not having leftovers (though I assure you this one reheats well too!) We usually make a double batch so it lasts longer!

Ali

Saturday 24th of February 2024

Are the tater tots cooked before you add them on top?

Jordan Smith

Monday 26th of February 2024

Hi Ali, I use the frozen tater tots and just add them on top straight from the freezer. They will cook fully in the oven!

Kate

Tuesday 26th of December 2023

This was so easy to make and so yummy. I added paprika and chili powder to the eggs for a little extra flavor. Definitely adding this to the breakfast rotation!

Jordan Smith

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

Easy and yummy are my favorite things about this recipe! I'm glad you found the spice combination to make this work for you — thanks for sharing!!

Christina

Monday 11th of December 2023

Best breakfast recipe ever! I make it almost every week. I don’t usually like eggs but this is amazingly good

Jordan Smith

Monday 11th of December 2023

I could eat this recipe every single week! I would if I wasn't making new recipes every week!!