Get ready for some ultimate comfort food with this Sloppy Jo Tater Tot Skillet Recipe!
This past week has been a whirl of excitement. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of my stories over there already.
I was invited to the Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference for their land and sea celebration. We spent 3 nights at Walt Disney World and then 3 nights on the Disney Wonder Cruise line. I took my husband for a little fun and relaxation. We got home late last night and now I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.
Do you ever feel like that after a big trip?
Luckily, I’m well equipped with one skillet dinner recipes on my site, which are perfect for Mondays and the day-after vacations.
I made this delicious casserole style skillet before we left on our trip and my kids (including my husband and myself) thoroughly enjoyed this one!
I created a delicious sloppy joe base and then topped it all with some frozen tater tots and popped it in the oven.
Now, if you don’t have an oven safe skillet, you can definitely transfer the sloppy joe mixture to a casserole dish and go from there. But I HIGHLY recommend investing in a cast iron skillet. They’re not too expensive, but they are definitely versatile and great for cooking with.
Once your tater tots are browned and crispy, you’ll cover the whole thing with cheese and then pop it back in the oven till it’s nice and melty.
I’m not kidding when I say that this was an immediate hit.
My kids are already begging me to make this one again!
The sloppy joe sauce has the perfect sweet and savory combination, and I’ve pumped it full of onions and peppers to give it some extra veggies. You could even throw in some frozen peas to add even a little more if you want!
You’re definitely going to LOVE this hearty one skillet recipe!
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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Skillet Recipe
- 1 ½ lb. lean ground beef
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ cups ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp mustard, prepared
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 30 to 40 tater tots, frozen
- 1 ½ cups colby jack cheese, shredded
- 2 tbsp green onions, sliced
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Brown the ground beef in an oven safe skillet, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 3 minutes. Add the onion, red bell pepper and garlic, and continue cooking until beef is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Drain any excess fat and return skillet to stove top.
- Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to the beef mixture and stir to combine over medium low heat, until slightly thickened.
- Top the beef mixture with the frozen tater tots in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the tater tots are browned and crispy.
- Carefully remove skillet from oven and top with the shredded cheese. Return to oven and cook an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. Garnish with the sliced green onions. Enjoy!
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Oh my wow!! Everyone in my family loved this!! Making again forsure!
So glad you enjoyed it Nikki!
I’ve made this twice now and it’s amazing. But how do you keep from it’s losing its juiciness? Also, what’s the best way to reheat this without drying it?
I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I would suggest maybe adding in a splash or two of beef broth on the bottom when reheating to keep it’s moistness. Hope that helps!
My grandson made this tonight. It was fantastic. We will definitely make it again.
We had this for a quick dinner tonight and everyone liked it! It’s a keeper, thank you!
when i left sloppy joes in my lodge cast iron i got the metallic taste from the pan…and stripped my seasoning…advice?
What are tater tots.?
Never heard b4.
i just made it tonight for my familly.. I wasn’t sure I would like it but I LOVED it.. so did all my kids.. At first they thought I was nuts when I told em what was for dinner lol
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
Shawn, this looks delicious! It made my mouth water this morning. 🙂
This is way too sweet and very dry. The idea is great but the recipe just doesn’t work
To EG: To Shawn’s recipe, I added an 8 oz can tomato sauce, upped the Worcestershire to 1 Tbs, and added 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar. It was very moist and not too sweet.
You had me at tater tots. YUM!
Seriously! I have weak knees for tots. 😉
I seriously forget that tater tots are something I can cook with. I guarantee my family would love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
Don’t forget about the TOTS!! Ha! You guys will love this! 🙂
This looks delicious. Can you please tell me what size cast iron skillet you use. Thanks
I used a 12″ skillet for this, but you could also use as small as a 10″. 🙂