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Tater Tot Cottage Pie
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4.84 from 6 votes

Make Ahead Cottage Pie

Tater Tot Cottage Pie has the same amazing filling as traditional Cottage Pie, but topped with Tater Tots rather than mashed potatoes. It's easy to make and freezes beautifully.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Chula King


Meat Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth (See Tip 1)
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef (See Tip 2)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (1 large onion)
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots cut into small pieces (3 large carrots)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon reshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
  • 1 pound (4 cups) frozen Tater Tots


Meat Mixture

  • In a small bowl, combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and Dijon mustard; whisk until well blended. Set aside.
  • Brown ground beef in a large non-stick skillet. Drain in a colander and rinse well with hot water to remove as much fat as possible. Drain well. Wipe skillet with paper towel and place over medium heat. (See Tip 3)
  • Heat olive oil or butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef, flour, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook several minutes. Add beef broth mixture; cook stirring constantly over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Cover and continue cooking over medium low heat 45 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. (See Tip 4)
  • Once the vegetables are tender, add the frozen green peas and stir to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • Transfer meat/vegetable mixture to casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with Tater Tots.
  • Bake at 450º F for 35 minutes, mixture is bubbly and Tater Tots are golden brown Yield: 8 servings. (See Tip 5)


  1. I used low sodium beef broth. May use chicken broth rather than beef broth.
  2. I used 93% ground beef, but you could also use 85% ground beef.
  3. I know that rinsing the cooked ground beef removes some of the beef flavor. However, it also removes most of the grease. You could certainly skip this step.
  4. I like my ground beef to be broken up into small pieces. Therefore, I typically rub the cooked ground beef between my hands when I'm returning it to the pan.
  5. The leftovers are just as good the next day. I generally heat the leftovers in the microwave.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4255IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg