Easy Minnesotan Tator Tot Hot Dish

Rural life gets pretty crazy during the month of October! When Bjorn was busy harvesting our soybeans a week or so ago, we’d both teach all day and then Bjorn would farm the rest of the afternoon and evening. On these busy days, I usually pulled together a supper, loaded it into Tupperwares, and drove it out to the field to meet him. The tator tot hot dish I brought him one night was a hit – and since it is such a favorite, simple supper recipe around here, I wanted to share it with you today!

Easy Minnesotan Tator Tot Hot Dish - Just Bee

To be honest, I personally did not grow up eating a Scandinavian-type tator tot hot dish (I’m German, not Norwegian like my husband is!)…but Bjorn and I experimented around with a basic hot dish recipe while cooking suppers together in college, and this is our favorite by far!


  • 2 cans cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (~32 oz.) bag frozen tator tots
  • 2 cans of corn (or a few cups of thawed frozen corn)
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced

Easy Minnesotan Tator Tot Hot Dish - Just Bee

What to Do:

1 // Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2 // Brown turkey in skillet until it is no longer pink.

3 // Pour tator tots out into a 9×13 baking dish. Drain cans of corn and beans, then add those on top of tator tots. Add ground turkey, diced onion, and cans of creamed soup. Use a large spoon to stir all ingredients together, then spread mixture evenly in pan.

4 // Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until tator tots are slightly browned on top.

Have you ever had a hot dish before? Do you make similar casseroles or bakes?



  1. This looks so good! I have been able to make meals for friends at church lately and I’m always looking for recipes like this that are easy but delicious and total comfort food. Now I know what to make for the people I’m bringing food to this week!

    1. Thanks, Katie!! You are so kind! It is so fun that you bring meals for friends at church – what a sweet, thoughtful way to make a difference! I would love to hear what you think when you try the hot dish recipe! I hope they enjoy it! 🙂

  2. I’m not quite sure how I got to your space, but I must tell you that I just had some friends (Mrs Laura Beth blog) in town from ND and they were trying to explain the term “hot dish” to my husband and I, and then I stumbled across this post and just had a giggle! Her husband is also a farmer, and you should definitely check her out. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Haha, that is so funny, Casey!! To be honest, I grew up with “casseroles” and not hot dishes (I’m German, my husband is Scandinavian!) but it has been so fun to tweak this comfort food recipe as I’ve learned more about hot dishes over the years! 🙂 And thanks for your sweet comment – I’m so glad to have you here! I’ll definitely have to check out your friend’s blog too! I love hearing about others’ farming life 🙂

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