CrockPot Bacon Cheeseburger

Crock Pot Bâcon Cheeseburger Tâter Tot Câsserole

I used my traditional tater tot casserole recipe and added in a hefty dose of bacon and cheddar cheese. Because bacon and cheese makes everything better, right?! And as I mentioned earlier I didn’t use canned soups in this tater tot casserole. It really isn’t that much harder to make a homemade gravy. Plus, I can pronounce everything that goes into it. Don’t worry it won’t be lumpy either.

The way to lump free gravy is to mix the flour in with the browned hamburger. It was a trick I learned a very long time ago from watching my mom and grandma cook. I use this method to make biscuits and gravy too and it works every single time

I chose to put tater tots on both the top and bottom of the casserole. There weren’t enough leftover tater tots to make another batch so in the bottom they went. I also really didn’t want to store a bag with just a handful of tater tots left in it either. But if you are making this in the oven with a 9×13 baking dish you won’t be using them all.

· 2 pounds lean ground beef
· 10 strips bacon diced
· 1 small onion diced
· 4 cloves garlic minced
· 1/3 cup all purpose flour
· 3 cups milk
· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
· dash of hot sauce optional
· 3 cups cheddar cheese plus a little extra for topping if desired
· 12-16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
· 1/4 cup sour cream
· salt and pepper to taste
· 32 oz bag frozen tater tots

1. In a large skillet brown ground beef, bacon, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink.  Sprinkle the flour over the ground beef and stir well to combine.  Stir in the milk, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.  Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar, frozen vegetables and sour cream. 

2. Spray the crock pot with non-stick spray.  Place some tater tots in the bottom of the crock pot.  Pour meat gravy over tater tots.  Arrange remaining tater tots on top.  Cover and cook on LOW for 3-3 1/2 hours.  In the last 10 minutes of cooking sprinkle with extra cheddar if desired.  Cover and finish cooking.