You know how some recipes make me giggle, from the sheer delicious factor? Well, this recipe for Tater Tots Shepherd’s Pie is worth a minute or two of full-blown belly laughter.

Tater Tots Shepherd's Pie from @kitchenmagpie

How to Make Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie

This is one of those recipes that I have been meaning to make forever. I picked up a bag of Tater Tots – something that rarely graces my freezer because they are delicious and evil and addicting – and thought perhaps I would do a classic mushroom soup and Tater Tot casserole, something a friend suggested I try when I was craving my usual mushroom soup fix.

For some reason when I went to pull out the bag of Tater Tots, I  had this irresistible urge to make Shepherd’s Pie with Tater Tots on top, instead of the mushroom soup concoction.

My son also wanted to make dinner that night and this was the perfect dinner for him to practice his budding culinary skills on. At ten he is more than capable of frying up the ground beef…


…and then placing the various layers. This is the kind of cooking that gets kids excited to be in the kitchen. You can then move on to *ahem* healthier dishes, but it’s all about getting that passion started!


Well done buddy!

Tater Tots Shepherd's Pie from @kitchenmagpie

Holy Dinah you guys, this is seriously everything awesome in one dish!

Kid friendly? Check, the kids loved it.

Comfort food? Oh yes, better than mashed potatoes on top, I kid you not!

Easy to make? Checkity check! It’s so fast and simple to put this together for supper!


I don’t think my family is ever going to let me make Shepherd’s Pie again with mashed potatoes on top and I’m not just saying that to be witty. They spent the entire dinner exclaiming over how good the tater tots were. I’m not actually sure my daughter had ever eaten them, to be honest, because she had no idea what they were.

Too late now, Pandora’s box has been opened and Tater Tots have entered our household.

For those of you who have asked, yes, a stoneware casserole dish (like this one on Amazon) is perfect for this and is what I use. Pretty, aren’t they?


So, how ready are you to make this? Are you on board with being crazy and giving this a try?

Happy cooking everyone!

Love you more than Tater Tots,



5 from 8 votes
Tater Tot Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Shepherd's Pie with Tater Tots on top? Oh, yes please! This is a sure-fire hit with your whole family!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tater tot shepherd's pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 244 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 kg one bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 3 cups of frozen peas corn and carrots mix steamed until warm then drained
  • 1 one package Shepherd's pie mix seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish and set aside.
  3. Fry the ground beef and onion together until the beef is browned and no longer pink inside. Drain the grease (and rinse the beef if wanted to remove extra grease).
  4. Combine the seasoning mix with the amount of water listed on the package in the frying pan, add the Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Transfer the meat mixture to the 9x13 pan and spread out evenly on the bottom.
  6. Place the vegetables on top of the meat in an even layer.
  7. Take the tater tots and spread the entire bag out in an even layer on top of the vegetables.
  8. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the tater tots are crispy brown and well cooked. (time may vary) Once the tater tots are cooked, sprinkle the cheese on top evenly and cook until the cheese is melted on top.
  9. Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe nutritional data will vary depending on the seasoning mix used and the ingredient brands.

Nutrition Facts
Tater Tot Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Potassium 414mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 75%
Vitamin C 10.7%
Calcium 23.3%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  1. What is and where do I find Shepherd’s pie mix seasoning? I live in Kansas City and have never seen this in any store. Thanks.

  2. CloviaHoefer Reply

    This is way better if you use cream of celery or cream of mushroom or even golden mushroom with the hamb. meat. I added a little water as well (not a full can just enough for moisture) so it was not too thick or dry. Cheddar cheese soup would be great  here as well.

  3. Carly McEathron Reply

    Minnesotans grew up on Tater Tot Hotdish – it wasn’t until, years later as an adult I made/had shepherd’s pie for the first time and realized that Tater Tot Hotdish was really just an easier, maybe Midwestern, form of Shepherd’s Pie. It blew my mind.

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

      They are potato hashbrowns in a roll shape, found in the frozen section of stores!

  4. Heather Pollock Reply

    I’m gonna try making this as a taco bake with spicy beef , sautéed peppers and corn,refried beans , spicy Spanish rice with the tatertots and cheese on top!

  5. AngelaMurphy Reply

    Can this be frozen? Looking for freezer dinner ideas. If so, thaw first then cook 30-35 mins?

  6. Valerie Gray Smith Reply

    Great idea! It looks delicious. Glad to see I’m not the only one completely addicted to tots. Love those little suckers! \U0001f60d

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