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white dish with cottage pie and tater tots on top

Cottage Pie with Tater Tots

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  • Author: Jodi
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 1x


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup red wine (I use cooking wine, you could use also water)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  •  cups beef broth
  • 2 pound bag frozen tater tots


  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and carrot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain any grease.  Add the garlic, flour, tomato paste, oregano and thyme. Mix until combined.
  4. Stir in the red wine, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the broth and bring to a simmer cooking for about 15 minutes or until the beef has thickened.
  6. Transfer the beef to a 9×13 inch baking pan or oven safe casserole dish and spread out evenly.
  7. Carefully place the tater tots on top of the meat making sure to cover all of the beef. It’s okay if they are piled on top of one another.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30  to 35 minutes, or until the tater tots are crispy and the meat is bubbling around the edges of the pan.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins