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Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is no longer just for dinner, try this Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Recipe! Perfect use for leftover ham and makes for a great breakfast, brunch and holiday dish!



I have to start with a confession.  

This recipe was originally called Ham & Hash Brown Casserole.

However, I created a new version of Ham & Hash Brown casserole, which is different, and I can’t have two recipes with the same name on the website.

And so I’ve had to change the name of this one so that the new recipe can have the name of Ham & Hash Brown Casserole.

This one received a name face lift to Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole.


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - Large Bowl with all ingredients but parmesean in a bowl


This version uses Tater Tot Hash Browns, where the other newer recipe uses shredded hash browns.

It’s a classic case of potato – potato.

The same and yet different.

I say all of this so that if you say to yourself, ‘Hum…. this recipe looks just like another one I’ve made before’, well it IS the same recipe that you’ve made before.

This  Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole with ham recipe just simply has a new name!

When it comes to leftovers of any sort, the number one question is, What do I make with leftovers?


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - large bowl with all ingredients but parmesean all mixed up in a bowl


Though I have a lot of recipes on my website with regards to various items that work well as leftovers, this recipe is a great way to use up ham!

I love a good ham recipe and am happy to eat it for a day or two as leftovers.

However, there gets to be a point where I need to figure out how to transform those leftovers into something completely new.

Cue this Ham Tater Tot Casserole recipe.  

Here in Minnesota, where we currently live, Tater Tot Hotdish is as Minnesotan as Apple Pie is American.


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - Precooked casserole in a casserole dish without cheese on top


Funny story, you may be able to relate to.

I am not from Minnesota.  

We moved here a few years ago and everyone uses the term Hot Dish.

I had never heard the term before and so I wasn’t really sure what it was referring to.

So one day, in an effort to sound “Minnesotan”, I told my husband I had made a Hot Dish.

I don’t remember what I made.

What I do know is that it was cooked in a skillet on the stove and then served hot.


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - Precooked casserole in casserole dish with Parmesean cheese on top


He looked at me and with a smirk on his face said, ‘You have no clue what a hot dish is, do you?’.

Shocked, I looked at him and defended my term and said ‘Yes I do”.

To which he had me explain as he knew full and well I had no idea what a true Minnesota Hot dish was.

I then told him that a Hot dish was simply a Hot Dish – you know a dish that was hot.  

Dinner was made in a HOT DISH. Therefore I was correct in my terminology.

Without batting an eyelash or breaking out in a full gut laugh, he just looked at me and said, ‘A hot dish is what you know as a casserole.’  


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - Just out of the oven baked casserole


At this point he broke out in a full fledged smile.

He knew he had just schooled me on Minnesota language and terminology.

Shocked, I said ‘No way?!  Really?!’

I don’t care that I was wrong.

However, never in a million years would I have guessed that the term Hot dish meant casserole.

As I’m sure you know, various parts of the country have their own terminology and words or phrases that are unique to them.

Here in Minnesota, Hot dish is king and everyone but me knows what it means!

Tater Tot Hot dish is a classic item that every Minnesotan knows how to make.


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - baked casserole in pan with a slice taken out


They grew up on the stuff and live by it.

This breakfast casserole is a twist on the classic Tater Tot Hot dish (Tater Tot Casserole) but for breakfast!

This one is creamy, cheesy, and oh so yummy!

Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole (or hot dish) is so easy to whip up!

It’s a great way to use up leftover ham and you can make it in advance!

If you like it, then feel free to make a double batch next time so you can freeze one for later!


Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - dished up on a plate with fork


We’ve been known to enjoy this as an Easter Brunch item, Christmas Breakfast or at a pancake feed.

Simple to toss together with few ingredients, it’s become an easy and tasty side dish to many meals.

Despite it being called a breakfast casserole you could also serve this as a side dish.

It could be deemed a Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole (so as not to confuse dinner guests).

Or make breakfast for dinner and whip this up as one of your dishes!

Either way this Ham & Tatertot Breakfast Casserole is delicious, easy and a winner in our home!

A perfect way to use up some of that leftover ham you have sitting in your fridge!


Yield: 12 Servings

Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - dished up on a plate with fork

Tater Tot Casserole is no longer just for dinner, try this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole! Perfect for breakfast, brunch and holidays!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 (32 ounce) package of frozen hash brown rounds
  • 1 cup ham, diced (leftovers work great!)
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed Cream of Potato Soup
  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  2. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine frozen hash browns, diced ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Spread mixture evenly into prepared casserole dish.
  5. Top casserole with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until top begins to turn golden.
  7. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 456mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

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Robert Purks Sr

Saturday 4th of February 2023

Made this tonight for the first time turned out great Iโ€™ll do a little tweaking next time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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