My mom’s best tater tot recipe:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
cream of mushroom/chicken/whatever or cheese soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bag tater tots
Press ground beef flat into a 9×13 pan, like you’re making cookie bars. Sprinkle salt & pepper over meat, sprinkle onions over that. Spread undiluted soup over that, put tater tots in rows over that. Bake @ 350 for 90 minutes. Cut along the tater tots for your pieces, and eat with a fork, this pizza.
If you use cheese soup, it tastes like cheeseburgers & fries.
And yes, the beef goes into the pan raw. That’s why it cooks for an hour and a half. But I wish I had a dollar for every person who’s said, "No, I’d feel better cooking the beef first"–but you CAN’T, otherwise it wont be like a little meatloaf hiding under your tater tots.
Tater tots kept me from starving many times in my 20’s. They were $1/bag & I liked to microwave them, then dip them in mayo. YUM. Wish I had some right now.