25 Easy Dinners That Start with Frozen Potatoes
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.
Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole
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.
Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos
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."
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."
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."
Creamy Potato Pork Chop Bake
Pork chops are browned, then baked with hashbrowns, French-fried onions, and a Cheddar cheese and sour cream sauce. "Very tasty and easy," says Ter Denlinger. "I've even made it an 'all-in-one' dinner by adding a can of drained green beans to the potato mixture before pouring it into the baking dish. Hooray for spuds 'n' chops!"
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."
Cheesy Ham Potato Bake
"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!!
Jan's Loaded Pizza Fries
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?
Hash Brown and Egg Casserole
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."
Tater Tot Bake
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.
Chili Cheese Fries
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!"
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."
Dan Whalen, the recipe submitter, says: "I'm from New England, where lobster is a tradition. My favorite way to use it: Combine a fancy ingredient like lobster with a humble ingredient like a tot. The avocado crema and hot sauce really make this dish, though."
South Meets North Fajita Poutine
"South meets North with this pairing of two regional favorites," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Beef broth bumps up the flavor of both the fajitas and the gravy, making this a fun meal the entire family is sure to enjoy."
Tater Tots® Casserole
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!"
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!"
Hash Brown Potato Soup
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."
Roast Beef Hash Casserole
Shredded beef, hash browns, curry seasonings, and a creamy cheese sauce create a simple, comforting casserole. Brian says, "I used this basic recipe to use up leftover roast. It was pretty good and quick for a night we didn't have much time for supper."
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!"
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.
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)."
"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."
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!"
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."
Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Potato Nugget Topping
"I was feeling adventurous one day and wanted to try a non ooey and gooey kind of mac and cheese," says Cookin' Care! "This dish bakes up to be light and airy. Good way to add some veggies for the picky eaters in your family. If you're feeling adventurous, there are many other things you could toss in here such as ham-diced and browned, left over sliced chicken, more potato nuggets or more bacon, spinach, or other veggies hanging out in the fridge that need to be used up."