Tater Tot Casserole with Beef, Corn & Zucchini


Casseroles can be for summer too! We packed this one with peak-season vegetables—corn, zucchini and tomatoes—then topped it with crispy tater tots and gooey melted cheese, making it a dinner winner.

Skillet Beef, Corn & Zucchini Tater Tot Casserole
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 medium zucchini, shredded

  • 1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes, divided

  • 1 cup corn kernels

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 2 cups frozen tater or veggie tots

  • Cooking spray

  • Chopped chives for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion. Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until the onion is soft and the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini, 1 cup tomatoes, corn, chili powder, Worcestershire and salt; cook, stirring, until the zucchini has begun to release its liquid, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, until the liquid has thickened, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

  3. Spread the mixture into an even layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and arrange tots evenly over the cheese. Coat the tots with cooking spray. Transfer the pan to the oven.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and the tots are golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup tomatoes and garnish with chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
23g Fat
22g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/4 cups
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Vitamin A 1178IU 24%
Sodium 550mg 24%
Potassium 794mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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