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This tater tot breakfast casserole is absolutely the best! With plenty of sausage, eggs, tater tots, and cheese, this recipe is easy to make and bake right away, or make it ahead, chill overnight, and cook in the morning – like for Christmas morning! Either way, it’s so delicious and full of flavor, it’s a family favorite in our house.

Cast iron skillet holding a tater tot breakfast casserole with cheese, sausage, and eggs, topped with chives

What Makes This the Best Breakfast Casserole

  • It’s a filling breakfast that covers all the bases – meat, potatoes, eggs, dairy. Best of all, it only takes one pan, so clean up is a breeze!
  • It is so easy to make and is super delicious. My whole family loves tater tot casserole mornings, so I guarantee this recipe will please even your pickiest eaters.
  • Make this ahead of time and don’t give up your mornings! Prep everything as instructed and refrigerate in a covered baking dish until it’s time to cook, then pop it in the oven! The uncooked casserole can be refrigerated for up to 12 hours.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Reheat in the oven to keep the tots crispy!
  • It makes a great freezer meal, too! Let the finished casserole cool completely, wrap tightly in foil, then stash it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating it in the oven. I see you, busy people!

Key Ingredients

Sausage – You can use any type of sausage for this recipe, but I really love the kick you get from spicy breakfast sausage! Maple sausage would be a great variation, too.

Tater Tots – Maybe not the healthiest form of potatoes, but wow, are they good! Tater tots really contribute to the “comfort food” aspect of this dish.

Eggs – Not just any boring old eggs, though. These are seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, then whisked with milk so they’re fluffy, not rubbery.

How to Make It

The full recipe & ingredients list are below, but here you’ll find a quick overview for making this recipe perfectly, along with useful tips and info!

The most involved step in this recipe is right here in the beginning. Cook the sausage until just brown and crumbly, then stir a portion of the tots and cheese into the sausage. If you’re not using a cast iron skillet, you’ll want to transfer this mixture to a greased 9×13 baking dish.

Whisk the eggs, milk, and seasonings together. Pour that mixture on top of the sausage mixture, then top with the remaining tater tots. You don’t have to make a pretty tot arrangement if you don’t want to. Just make sure the tots are spread out in an even layer so they bake thoroughly.

After everything has baked through, top the casserole with the remaining cheese and put it back in the oven until it’s melty. Garnish with green onions and serve hot!

4 step process photo showing how to make a tater tot breakfast casserole

Chef’s Tips

  • You can really make this dish your own! The recipe calls for a cup of shredded pepper jack or cheddar cheese, but using a half cup of each cheese gives the casserole a little extra flavor.
  • For extra bursts of flavor and a little crunch, add sliced or diced bell peppers and onions to the mixture before you place the top layer of tater tots.
  • If you prefer, use diced ham or bacon in place of the breakfast sausage, or use all three for a meat lover’s tater tot breakfast casserole!
  • Be careful not to overcook your sausage on the stovetop. Since the whole dish will bake for an hour in the oven, you don’t want to dry out the meat.
Wedge slice of tater tot breakfast casserole with sausage, egg, and cheese

More Incredible Breakfast Recipes

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 4 votes

The BEST Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 1 hour 15 minutes
Total 1 hour 25 minutes
With plenty of breakfast sausage, eggs, tater tots, and cheese, this recipe is easy to make ahead, chill overnight, and cook in the morning – or make it and bake it right away.
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds breakfast sausage
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots 30-32 ounces
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack or cheddar divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. If not using a cast iron skillet, lightly spray a 9×13 pan or dish with cooking spray.
  • In large skillet, cook sausage until brown.
    Browned sausage in a cast iron skillet
  • Drain fat. Add ¼ tater tots and 1 ½ cups cheese. Stir to combine. If using a 9×13 pan, transfer here.
    Cast iron skillet with shredded cheese, sausage, and tater tots
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and milk.
    Glass mixing bowl with scrambled eggs, milk, and seasoning
  • Pour eggs over tater tot mixture.
    Uncooked tater tot breakfast casserole in a cast iron skillet
  • Evenly layer remaining tater tots in a pattern on top of mixture. If baking later, cover and refrigerate at this point.
    Castiron skillet with tater tot breakfast casserole
  • Bake uncovered for 60 minutes or until eggs are set. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Return to oven until cheese is melted, approximately 5 minutes.
    Baked tater tot breakfast casserole in a cast iron skillet
  • Garnish with green onions and serve hot.
  • Looking for a freezer meal? Bake the full casserole, let it cool, then cover tightly in foil (or store in an airtight container) and freeze it for up to 2-3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking to reheat.
  • Make it Keto: Substitute cauliflower tots for tater tots, and use heavy cream instead of milk. Check the sausage labels for hidden carbs and sugars, too.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 749calProtein: 34gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 281mgSodium: 1586mgPotassium: 736mgTotal Carbs: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 29gVitamin A: 705IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 321mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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5 Comments

    1. Hi! 🙂 We have a lot of Whole30 recipes, but this one’s actually not Whole30! We offer a variety of options for different lifestyles. 🙂5 stars

  1. This was the best breakfast casserole I’ve made and have had before. So, so good. It was loved by all.5 stars

  2. Second time I’ve made this in the last 2 weeks (10am football and today post Xmas breakfast). Super easy, one pan crowd pleaser! This morn I realized I’d not grabbed tater tots, but frozen spicy sweet potatoes, which I cut 1 1/2″ long and layered as directed. After cooking the mild Italian pork sausage, I sautéed up the last bits of kale, green pepper & onion from last night’s meal in the pork drippings.

    No complaints from my Foodie Family and big debate over who’d get to split the leftovers.5 stars

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