23 Easy Dinners That Start with Frozen Potatoes

Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

Got frozen tater tots? Hash browns? Frozen French or Cottage fries? Crinkle cuts? Shoestrings? Here are a couple dozen delicious dinners that start with frozen potatoes. These comfort food classics are ready in no time! Top-rated casseroles, soups, pork chop bakes, loaded fries and tots, hot dishes, "horseshoe," and more.

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Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

close up view of Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole on a white plate
wannabe chefette

A super simple dinner from the pantry! Combine golden mushroom and cheese soups with ground beef, simple seasonings, and frozen French fries. "A quick and easy family pleaser," says BETTINA_J.

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Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos

Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Recipe creator Leslie Kelly calls BBQ totchos "a mashup of the BBQ pork nachos that are on so many menus in Memphis and the South-of-the-Border influenced Totchos that have blown up as the must-try bar food in Seattle. Serve with extra barbeque sauce for dipping."

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Tater Tot Taco Casserole

Tater Tot Taco Casserole

"This is one of those meals that you can throw together with ingredients you would normally have on hand," says Mama Smith. "Great for pot luck or a quick meal for unexpected company. Some kids don't like onion or garlic; these can be omitted."

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Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham

Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham

A rich, thick, and creamy soup made in your slow cooker using shortcuts like frozen hash brown potatoes. "This delicious soup requires very little effort on your part," says fabeveryday. "A great way to use up leftover holiday ham."

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Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

SURELEE says, "This is a great, easy to make, and nutritious casserole. You can add some macaroni pasta or try seasoning the potatoes before you bake. Put this dish in the freezer and bake whenever you're too lazy to cook! Can also be made with leftover cooked chicken."

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Cheesy Ham Potato Bake

close up view of Cheesy Ham Potato Bake in a glass baking dish
Scott M.

"Cheese, ham, and hash browns make this a dish even your pickiest eater will like!" says Heather Gray. "A delicious and easy casserole your kids will beg you to make!!

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Jan's Loaded Pizza Fries

Jan's Loaded Pizza Fries
Photo by Molly.

Fries with pizza toppings! "Just like the pizza place makes! You can make this like you would your favorite pizza -- add any toppings you like," says What's for dinner, mom?

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Hash Brown and Egg Casserole

Hash Brown and Egg Casserole
Dave Gonzalez

Here's a big winner from the breakfast-for-dinner category. "We've always used the maple flavored pork sausage but any kind is good," says MELISSAKOVACS07. "This casserole has the perfect taste with lots of cheese. Yum! Be sure to use a baking dish that is deep enough to cover with aluminum foil."

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Tater Tot Bake

Tater Tot Bake
Cooking Monster Bryan

Tater Tots, ground beef, creamy mushroom soup, onions, and cheese combine for an easy weeknight meal. If you like, assemble and freeze it ahead of time and then just pop in the oven.

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Chili Cheese Fries

Fries with chili, cheese, and scallions
Soup Loving Nicole

Fries are smothered in chili and cheese sauce. Kristincsw rates it 5 stars: "We made these using chili mix and fresh ground beef, adding extra chili powder and cumin. Made cheese sauce with shredded ColbyJack cheese instead of American. The kids loved it!"

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Tater Tot Hot Dish II

Tater Tot Hot Dish II

Layers of seasoned ground beef, Tater Tots, creamy soups and French-fried onion rings. "This is a great dinner that can be made ahead of time and frozen for a quick but tasty busy night meal," says Melody Wells Casteel. "Leave the French fried onions off until the last 30 minutes of baking."

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Tater Tots® Casserole

a serving of cheese-topped casserole in a white ceramic bowl garnished with a big sprig of Italian parsley

Layers of potatoes, cheese, and ground beef create a savory, comfort-food classic. Recipe creator Kristy says, "My family loves this casserole. It is easy to prepare and makes enough for two meals. Serve with a crisp salad and fresh pineapple for a complete meal your family will love!"

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Poutine Pizza

Poutine Pizza
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole.

Teena Mengel explains the genius of this recipe: "It adds a great Canadian favorite, poutine -- gravy, cheese, and fries -- to the world's favorite, pizza!"

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Hash Brown Potato Soup

Hash Brown Potato Soup in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

Here's a rich and creamy soup topped with crispy bacon. Frozen hash brown potatoes really speed up the prep time. MICSHELLIE says, "This recipe freezes well and is easily halved. Serve with shredded Cheddar cheese and garlic croutons."

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French Fry Casserole

The casserole version of a cheeseburger and fries. Michelle Deragon rates it 5 Stars: "This is very kid friendly. I left out the bell peppers and added in green beans and it was a hit!"

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Carolyn's Chicken Tater Tot® Casserole

Chicken strips, gravy, stuffing, cream of chicken soup, and cheese combine with Tater Tots in this comfort food casserole. "This is a favorite go-to recipe for me that I usually have all the ingredients for in my kitchen and it tastes great," says Carolyn.

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Taco Taters

Seasoned ground beef, salsa, and Tater Tots are topped with jalapenos and Cheddar cheese. Charm says, "This is an excellent way to use up leftover taco fixings. Very tasty and a nice change from a 'normal' tater tot casserole (though I do like those, too)."

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Horseshoe sandwich

"Every time we visit Springfield, Illinois we have to eat one of their famous horseshoes," says kehn. "The cheese sauce is a little different depending on where you stop to eat, seems everyone has their own way of making it. But we love them all. If you only use one slice of bread and one hamburger patty it is called a ponyshoe. This recipe can also be made with chicken tenders in place of the hamburger patties."

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Shepherd's Tot Hot Dish

"Shepherd's pie meets its match with a Midwestern favorite -- in Tater Tot hot dish form!" says Eric. "Good ol' comfort food, whichever side of the pond you are on... When serving, top with A.1. or HP™ sauce for an extra kick!"

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Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Steak Stir-Fry)

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Steak Stir-Fry)
Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Steak Stir-Fry). Chef John

Lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian steak stir-fry with fries that hits on salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors all at once. "I've never been a big stir-fry guy, but when it comes to lomo saltado, I make an exception," says Chef John. "First of all, it's Peruvian — and I love to eat anything Peruvian. But, it's also a stir-fry that features not only meat and vegetables, but also French fries."

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Beef Tips and Tots

Beef Tips and Tots
Beef Tips and Tots. Chef John

There's something satisfying about turning a cheap, tough cut of meat into something succulent and delicious. That's beef tips, one of the world's great comfort foods, even moreso when the recipe features tater tots. "You can give this an upgrade by topping with diced red onion, grated Cheddar cheese, and freshly sliced green onions," says Chef John. "Or you can serve the beef tips over hot mashed potatoes instead of tots, if you like."

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Sloppy Joe Fries

sloppy joe fries

Cover frozen fries with browned ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, barbecue sauce, and shredded Mexican cheeses. Recipe creator AmiKhamis says, "I made this recipe for my picky eaters and they loved it."

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Carne Asada French Fries

Carne Asada French Fries
Soup Loving Nicole

French fries are topped with grilled, marinated beef skirt steak and Mexican queso cheese. "Loaded fries don't get much better than this!" says Soup Loving Nicole.

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