Minnesota Hot Dish Recipes

Including Tater Tot Hot Dish of Course!

Minnesota hot dish recipes, including the Tater Tot hotdish, are among the most famous of Minnesota recipes. The Minnesota hot dish is the subject of many jokes and even the title of a book. "Hot dish," is one of those famous words and phrases that let the world know we speak Minnesotan. 

"You know you're a Minnesotan if you say a casserole is just a hot dish with an attitude." ~ Ed Fischer, You Know You're A Minnesotan

In most other parts of the country, what we call hot dish is called a casserole.

You can expect several versions of this staple to appear at family gatherings and church basement suppers in enclaves of Minnesota culture that are rooted in Scandinavian traditions.

Many of our traditional hot dish recipes are collected in The Great Minnesota Hot Dish

Minnesota Tater-Tot Hot Dish Recipe

The Minnesota hot dish recipe that we usually  think of first is the Tater-Tot hot dish.

This classic hot dish recipe almost always contains a can or two of Campbell's soup. We usually choose Cream of Mushroom...though some of us take a risk with other versions!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 16 oz. package frozen tater tots
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar jack cheese

Directions:

Brown the ground beef with the onion; drain off any fat.

Stir in the soups, milk, and the vegetables.

Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13" baking dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the tater tots are brown and crisp.

Sprinkle the cheese over the tater tots, return the dish to the oven, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serves 8

Classic Minnesota Hot Dish Recipe

If you're a lover of hot dish, your recipe book collection should include Hot Dish Heaven: Classic Casseroles from Midwest Kitchens

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 10 oz. package frozen corn or 1 can of canned corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup mixed with one can of milk or a 12 oz. jar beef gravy
1 16 ounce package frozen tater tots

Directions:

Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet; drain off grease. Add the corn and soup or gravy and mix well. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the tater tots are crisp and lightly browned.

Serves 6



Minnesota Hot Dish Recipe with Wild Rice

Ingredients:

1 lb Lean ground beef

1 c Minnesota wild rice, uncooked

1/2 lb Fresh mushrooms,sliced
1/2 c Green pepper, chopped
1/2 c Onion, chopped
1 1/2 c Celery, chopped
3 tb Low sodium soy sauce
2 ts Low solt beef bouilon
1 1/2 c Water

Directions:

Rinse and soak wild rice in hot water for up to 3 hours. Drain.

In a 4 quart saucepan, cover rice with water, Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain any excess water.

Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet. Drain any fat or juices. Combine cooked ground beef with remaining ingredients in a large casserole dish. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F. Uncover and bake 15 additional minutes.

Serves 6



Chicken and Potato Casserole

Here is a Minnesota Hot Dish that seems to have it all: dried potatoes, chicken, cream of mushroom soup and peas! If you want to be daring, add the pimento. What could be more Minnesotan?

Ingredients:

1 package Dehydrated Scalloped Idaho Potatoes**
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup diced, cooked chicken
1 cup cooked peas
1/4 cup chopped pimento (optional)

**You can substitute your own sliced potatoes in this recipe. If you often have lots of potatoes to peel we suggest you get an Electric Potato Peeler

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. 2.Prepare potatoes according to package directions.
  3. Stir in soup.
  4. Gently mix in chicken, peas and pimentos. Bake in 2-quart casserole uncovered for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Serves 5

Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion fame opines that "meatloaf is sort of a hot dish" and offers his recipe for meat loaf. Other guest writers offer their Minnesota hot dish recipes as well.

Minnesota Restaurant Reviews: Some restaurants honor these traditions by including versions of the hot dish on their menu.

Find potato hot dish recipes and many other potato recipes on our Best Potato Recipes website.

More Favorite Minnesota Recipes:

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Indian Fry Bread Recipes

Minnesota Lutefisk Recipes

Lefse Recipes

Lingonberry Recipes

Minnesota Wild Game Recipes

Minnesota Wild Rice Recipes

Maple Syrup Recipes

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