A comforting one pot meal made of lean ground beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and crispy tater tots. This Beef & Kraut Tater Tot Casserole is a hearty meal your whole family will enjoy.
What’s better than a comforting tater tot casserole? One that cooks all in one pot, that’s what! This Beef & Kraut Tater Tot Casserole hits all of those high notes and more!
Lean ground beef, browned with onion and carrots, mixed together with sauerkraut and cream of celery soup, topped with Swiss cheese and tater tots, then baked until they are crispy and browned. Cook it, bake it, and serve it, all from the same pan.
This recipe is sponsored by Frank’s Kraut, but my lifelong adoration of their sauerkraut is all my own.
FRANK’S – CREATING AMERICA’S BEST TASTING SAUERKRAUT SINCE 1905
“The making of sauerkraut is a time honored tradition that has been passed down among families for generations. While there are many varieties and types of sauerkraut the basic preparation method is a follows: take cleaned and shredded white cabbage and place it into a sealable container, add salt and apply a lid to induce pressure. The salt drains the water out of the cabbage and allows the cabbage to ferment in its own juice. A week or two later you will have fresh, delicious sauerkraut.” – The Story of Sauerkraut eBook
This fall has been full of amazing comfort foods made with Frank’s Kraut. Have you seen them all?
Last month I shared this recipe for Polish Noodles & Kraut – Kluski noodles, onion, sauerkraut and celery fried in butter and then baked to make up a traditional meatless Polish casserole.
The month before this Polish Sauerkraut Soup (Kapusniak) – Potatoes, Polish sausage, celery, carrots and Kraut give this hearty soup a real flavor punch!
Today’s Beef & Kraut Tater Tot Casserole fits right in with these simple meal ideas that your whole family will love, and you can feel good about feeding it to them, too! Why should you feel good about adding more sauerkraut to your diet? It’s truly a Superfood.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF SAUERKRAUT
Sauerkraut contains high levels of dietary fiber, as well as significant levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and various B vitamins. it’s a great source of copper, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, and calcium, in addition to contributing a moderate amount of protein to your diet.
So, if this Superfood and all of its vitamins and minerals aren’t enough, think about this, sauerkraut has amazing anti-inflammatory agents. Phytonutrient antioxidants contained in sauerkraut can reduce the pain and discomfort of joints, muscles, or other inflamed areas, even your sinuses. That is always helpful in the chiller months, right?
A single serving of sauerkraut has 35% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and helps with cellular regeneration and repair. Vitamin C is one of the most important elements of your immune system.
Let’s get back to this Beef & Kraut Tater Tot Casserole! I mentioned how simple it is to make from ingredients to clean up, but what’s in it?
Ingredients in Beef & Kraut Tater Tot Casserole: Lean Ground Beef, onion, carrots, Frank’s Kraut, Cream of Celery Soup, Swiss Cheese, Tater Tots, and Scallions.
Start by browning your ground beef with the carrots and onion, in a skillet that works in both your oven and on your stovetop. I used my cast iron skillet. Then add the sauerkraut. Simmer it together for a few minutes and stir in the cream of celery soup. Top with shredded Swiss cheese, and frozen tater tots.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the tater tots are crispy and golden brown. Sprinkle with some scallions, and serve it right out of the skillet!
The only thing we served it with was a slice of warm French bread that baked right alongside it in the oven. Everything is inside; meat, veggies and potatoes. One and done.
So comforting and delicious.
Of course, if you don’t have a cast-iron skillet to move from the stovetop into the oven, you can layer the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake it that way, too.
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- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can Frank's Kraut, drained and rinsed
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of celery soup
- 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 (32 ounce) package frozen tater tots
- Tops of 4 green onions, sliced, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large cast iron skillet, brown ground beef with onion and carrots. Salt & pepper to taste.
- When the meat is browned, add in drained and rinsed sauerkraut. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in cream of celery soup. Spread mixture evenly into pan.
- Top with cheese.
- Place tater tots in an even layer across the top of the cheese.
- Place skillet in the preheated oven, and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until tater tots are golden brown and crispy.
- Sprinkle with scallions, serve from the skillet.
If you don't have a cast iron skillet, simply layer into a casserole dish and bake that way.
This recipe is also good with ground bratwurst instead of ground beef, or a mixture of half and half.