Bison Tater Tot Casserole

Bison Tater Tot Casserole

A Bison Tater Tot Casserole recipe that will have them asking for more! If you love this recipe, also check out our Cajun Crab Alfredo recipe for another quick and delicious weeknight meal idea!

Like many of you, I am cooking from my pantry and freezer right now while trying to avoid the craziness of the world. This last week while rummaging through my freezer and found a pound of ground bison that I had picked up on clearance from a local grocery store and stashed in the freezer for another day. Well, today is Tater Tot Casserole day–with a twist!

Bison Meat

If you haven’t had bison meat, it tastes a lot like ground beef and does not have the game-y flavor that you might find in other non-mainstream meats. Plus, it is actually one of the leaner meats with fewer calories, less fat, and more protein packed than beef. Making it a healthier option for those recipes which call for beef. (If you’d like more information on bison vs beef, check out this article.) You might be wondering how to cook ground bison? Just like you would ground beef with maybe a little olive oil to keep it from sticking to your pan. While it can be a bit pricey, I have found that it usually goes on sale for the same price you would pay for grass fed ground beef in my local supermarket.

Using Bison Meat

With all that said, what did I do with this pound of delicious meat? Today I elected to make a Tater Tot Casserole with it. You can also make any recipe using ground bison that you would usually use ground beef. (Think tacos, bison burgers, etc…) In addition to the ground bison in the freezer, I had a huge bag of tater tots and a bag of mixed vegetables. (You do not have to add the mixed veggies if you do not have them.) Add in a can of cream of mushroom soup, onion powder and garlic powder from the pantry and a little shredded cheese from the refrigerator, and ta-da!! This casserole makes a 9 x 13 pan of Bison Tater Tot Casserole which will feed an average sized family.

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Bison Tater Tot Casserole with Mixed Vegetables in a White Bowl

Bison Tater Tot Casserole

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This spin on the traditional Tater Tot Casserole is a great way to test ground bison meat as a new dish for your family's menu!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Bison
  • 1 16oz Bag Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1 32oz Bag Tater Tots
  • 2 C Shredded Four Cheddar Blend Cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet and add about 1 T of Olive Oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the bison meat. Salt and pepper to taste and cook until browned.
  4. Add powdered onion and garlic, stir, and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Turn off heat and add cream of mushroom soup and frozen vegetables to the hot mixture. Mix until well combined.
  6. Add mixture to a greased 9x13 pan and cover with 1 C of cheese.
  7. Cover with a layer of tater tots.
  8. Cover again with the remaining cup of cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until tots are browned and casserole is bubbly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1039mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate.

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