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Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole is pure comfort food. Sliced hot dogs, chili, tater tots, and cheddar cheese combine to make an easy and delicious meal. This redneck casserole is sure to be a family favorite.

Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole dished up on a plate.

Type Of Chili

I use canned chili for this Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole but you could use homemade. Either with or without beans. You’ll need 2 15-ounce cans which would be just under 4 cups of homemade chili. I typically use one can with beans and one can without.

Tater Tot Casserole in a baking dish.

Other Ingredients For Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

Eight hot dogs get sliced and added to the chili along with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, finely chopped onion, and just a few red pepper flakes.

Assemble and Bake

Place the mixture in a 9×13-inch baking dish and sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Then top with the tater tots. Bake for 30 minutes to get the tater tots crispy. Then sprinkle another cup of shredded cheese on top and bake 10 more minutes. Then get ready to dig into all that cheese!

Spoon dishing up Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole.

Recipe Tip

Be sure to either finely chop the onion or saute it for a few minutes. Otherwise it will taste raw and crunchy in the finished casserole.

Is This Casserole Spicy?

With 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, this casserole has minimal heat. Double the amount for more substantial heat or serve with hot sauce.

Casserole dished up on a plate.

Just look at all that cheese!

Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

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Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole is pure comfort food. Sliced hot dogs, chili, tater tots, and cheddar cheese combine to make an easy and delicious meal. This redneck casserole is sure to be a family favorite.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 40 mins
TOTAL: 50 mins


  • 8 hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chili (either with or without beans)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (28-ounce) bag frozen tater tots


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine sliced hot dogs, chili, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups cheese on top.
  • Spread tater tots on top of cheese layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top and bake another 10 minutes.


Calories: 586kcal
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Casserole, hot dogs, tater tots

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Originally posted August 8, 2018.

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48 thoughts on “Cheesy Hot Dog Tater Tot Casserole”

  1. This was the most disgusting meal I have ever eaten. I agree with what Coug Mom said below. I took one bite and threw it away. How can all of these people that wrote reviews thinks that this taste good? It tasted like ketchup and you couldn’t even taste the chili. Gross. I wouldn’t feed this to anyone. Don’t waste your money on this one.

  2. According to my Son, and as often as he so desires me to make this for him, its not only tasty, cheesy, and saucie, he could, and does, live off this dish three nights in a row, almost weekly! This guy is 46 young years of age and Knows what is good and comfy to eat! In the middle of summer or dead cold of winter, its a great supper anytime!
    I do jazz it one little way; no hot dogs, but…the chicken sausage’s with apple! Or pinnaple! That’s it! And it’s amazing! TRY THIS SOON!

  3. Cheesy Hot Dogs Tater Tot Casserole is a definite Keeper!!
    We Love this, its delicious, and as comfortingly comfort as you can ever get!!
    I use Sausage Dogs, any variety, and it is even better! ~ which I didn’t think could be possible!
    This is a
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    WE LOVE IT !!!

  4. Made it for my picky eaters and they loved it. I cooked the onions and hotdogs together first which added some extra great flavor. Definitely going to be part of dinner rotation!

  5. OMG! This was the worst meal I have ever had! It tasted like ketchup. We gave it to our chickens!

  6. I wasn’t so sure about this when I decided to try it, but in fact it turned out well! I did saute the onions before putting them in the mix because my husband hates raw onions and I didn’t think they’d cook enough in the oven. I also baked it at 400 degrees instead of 350 since the tater tots I buy call for a 450 degree oven. They didn’t turn out terribly crispy but were done enough for the dish. Definitely one I’ll be making again!

  7. I made this for my husband and my kids. I didn’t think I would care for it because it’s not the kind of thing that I like, but this is actually really really good

  8. Felicia Earnest

    Hi I saw this recipe
    And wanted to make
    It but I’m wondering
    If I can use french fries
    Instead of tator tots

  9. Was really good.. quick, easy and great for last minute dinner idea on busy days. I used sausage dogs and turned out great..may options you could add to make it over the top if you want to.. will be making this again

  10. THANK YOU FOR SHARING, you did great.

    This stuff is absolutely amazing and it’s made with ingredients most have in hand at all times especially with kids in the house.

    We always have cheddar cheese in the fridge and a couple to a few packs of hotdogs and a pack or 2 of tater tots in the freezer usually at all times along with several cans of chili and ketchup and Worcestershire sauce which those ingredients are all I used because they were all we have at this time.

    I cut the recipe in half because I only had a half bag of tots that needed used up and this was excellent and turned out most excellent for a quick hassle free meal. I didn’t measure anything, just sliced up an opened pack of hotdogs that needed used, had 5 leftover in the pack and used a can of thick chili with beans and some ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and mixed it all together following the rest of the direction. Turned out great.

    Be a nice easy dinner on cold evenings at home.

    Much appreciated by us.

    Will be made often.

    Please put more super easy recipes online for us all to enjoy.

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