Buffalo Tater Tot Casserole

Here’s the perfect opportunity to try buffalo, which is very lean and lighter tasting than beef. This casserole is comforting, yummy and perfectly rib stickin’.


  • 1 lb ground buffalo/lean ground beef (vegan sub tempeh or beans)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup (vegan sub tomatobased soup)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or vegan cheese)
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) frozen tater tots
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste
  • Optional add-ins: 1 pkg frozen green beans, 1 pkg frozen corn, fresh chives


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, cook ground buffalo until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with garlic powder, salt and fresh-ground pepper. Add onions, green beans and corn if using.
  3. Stir soup into ground buffalo and pour into 9”x13” baking dish. Layer tater tots evenly over mixture and top with cheese.
  4. Bake until tater tots are golden brown and hot, 30 – 45 minutes. Top with chopped chives and serve.