CommonGround volunteer Leslie Boswell shares a recipe for Big Mac Tater Tot Casserole with Pure Nebraska viewers.


Big Mac Tater Tot Casserole
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  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced dill pickle
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups shredded triple cheddar cheese blend
  • 24 oz frozen tater tots
  • Topping
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Dump ground beef into a large saute pan over medium-high heat along with a dab of margarine or butter.
  3. Crumble the ground beef well as it cooks.
  4. Once the ground beef is fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat and drain the excess grease.
  5. Add the Thousand Island dressing, mayo, diced onion, diced dill pickle, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the pan with the beef.
  6. Stir until all of the ingredients are fully combined.
  7. Dump the ground beef mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the beef.
  9. Place the tater tots in a single layer on top of the cheese.
  10. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake the casserole until the tater tots are golden brown. 40-45 minutes.
  11. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top.
  12. Drizzle the Thousand Island dressing over the lettuce.


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