Minnesota Hot Dish

Sorry I have been a little absent from posting on my little web page. The last month has been hectic with a major plumbing issue in my basement (Minerva, I know you can relate). What was a little leak ended up jack hammering out a 15 foot section of my basement floor and replacing the pipe…..(tearing out carpet) moving furniture having a big hole in the floor for 5 days….need I go on..haha..

Then I got the dreaded flu….I am on the mend now, and it is a good thing to, cause Christmas is right around the corner and I have a ton of baking to do for my Christmas Trays, I hand out each year.

I know that everyone out there is just as busy or more so than I am. If you are looking for something simple to make for dinner that does not take a lot of time, you might want to give this recipe a try.

It is so simple to make Oldest Daughter Who Does Not Cook can make it.

Yes, seriously, it is that easy. : )

It is called Minnesota Hot Dish.

I found this recipe last year for my foods class when we were cooking recipes by regions of the United States. I stumbled upon this recipe (although there is a ton of variations on it) and thought it would be a perfect recipe the my students at school could try. They loved it so much, I made it at home, and my kiddos and grandgirls loved it too….even Company!

In fact, I put one together today and put it in the fridge to bake this weekend.

Anything I can do ahead so I can just bake in the kitchen and not worry about at least one meal.

It only takes a few ingredients to make this simple, yet satisfying dish.

You will need two pounds of hamburger, one can of cream of chicken soup, one can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1/2  chopped small onion, season salt, frozen mixed vegetables (you can used canned if you want) and tater tots.

First thing you need to do is chop the onion. I have to chop it really fine, cause Company does not like onions, so if hid them in a dish he can’t find them.

Brown the hamburger and drain the grease.

Add in the chopped onion, a tablespoon garlic and season salt to taste. I used about a teaspoon.

Cook until the onion is translucent.

Layer the hamburger in the bottom of a 9 by 13 baking dish.

Layer the frozen vegetables on top of the hamburger.

You will use two cans of cream soup.

In a bowl, mix the cream of mushroom and the cream of chicken soup together.

Evenly spoon the cream soup over the vegetables.

Spread the soup over the frozen vegetables.

Layer tater tots on top of the soup.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the tater tots are brown the layers are bubbling together.

You can serve it just like this with out cheese or………….

You can get out your favorite slice cheese.

And lay the cheese on top to melt. Then dig in. It is a complete meal in one.

Easy Peasy Nice and Easy!

Here is the recipe:

Minnesota Hot Dish


2 pounds of hamburger

1/2 chopped small onion

1 teaspoon of season salt

1 tablespoon of garlic

3 to 4 cups of mixed frozen vegetables (you can use 2 to 3 cans of different vegetables if that is what you have on hand)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 small bag of frozen tater tots.


Brown the hamburger and drain the grease. Put the hamburger back in the frying pan and add the season salt, garlic and chopped onions. Fry until the onions are translucent.

Layer the hamburger in the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. Sprinkle the frozen vegetables over the top of the hamburger. Mix the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup together in a small bowl. Spread the soup over the vegetables. Cover the soup with the tater tots. You should have 4 layers. Bake the hot dish in a 350 degree preheated oven until the layers are bubbling and the tater tots are brown and crispy.

This is a perfect recipe to make when you are busy and do not have a bunch of time to spend in the kitchen.



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