Dutch Oven Cooking: Tater Tot Casserole

There are many reasons why I love camping but camp cooking ranks up there as one of my top reasons and one of my favorite things to do when camping. We do a lot of cooking in our dutch ovens. Anything you can make in the oven can be made in a dutch oven.

Today, I am sharing with you our YouTube video on how to make Tater Tot Casserole in a dutch oven. Tater Tot Casserole is not a new casserole, I am sure we have all grown up on a variety. When Wayne and I got married we had to find a way of blending of the tater tot casserole he grew up having with the one I grew up having. Of course, neither of those are the tater tot casserole Allen grew up with.

This is a very kid friendly recipe. The Short Chic started requesting this meal a few days before our first camping trip of 2016.  We saved it for our Saturday evening meal knowing it would be perfect to cook in the dutch oven.

Our version of Tater Tot Casserole includes one can of soup per pound of ground beef. I prefer Cream of Mushroom Soup but Wayne prefers Cheddar Cheese Soup. We have compromised and added a can of each using two pounds of ground beef. We like to add a can of drained corn to the ground beef. You certainly do not have to. Or you could add something else. How about a can or two of green chilies? We like put a layer of cheese down before we line our casserole with the tater tots. Some folks just throw them on the top in a pile but we prefer them to get even amounts of heat and all brown nicely. But hey, you can check out our video

Making memories for my children is so important to me and memories have many components. Sometimes a sound can trigger a memory, or a smell, or a place, or even a taste. With every meal prepared at the camp site, I am hoping that we are creating memories my children will remember for decades to come.

I look forward to sharing more recipes with you over the summer.

mePamela

 

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