This post is sponsored by The Hillshire Brands Company. All comments and opinions are my own.
This Tater Tot Casserole recipe is hearty and filling, made with oven roasted turkey breast, slow roasted ham, Cajun spices, and topped with golden tater tots. Bring your appetite!
I’ve been thinking about the upcoming game day party because I want to make something that will satisfy a bunch of big appetites.
Lucky for me (and them!) I’m cooking with Hillshire Farm® Premium Carved Meats, and I’m cooking them into a casserole that is guaranteed to satisfy!
My friends enjoy my spicy cooking, and that’s what they’re going to get with this Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole. It’s loaded with Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Slow Roasted Seasoned Ham and Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.
I’m spicing it up with serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers and my own favorite Cajun seasoning blend, but you can easily adjust it to your own heat preferences. Spicy doesn’t have to mean hot!
Just extra tasty.
Let’s talk about how we make this casserole, shall we?
How to Make This Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole – the Recipe Method
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. We’re going to bake this up.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a 14-inch cast iron pan over medium heat. Any oven safe pan will do.
Add 4 tablespoons of flour and stir to form a roux. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to brown, about 5 minutes. See my video on how to make a roux for a good demonstration.
Stir in some onion, peppers and celery. Cook down for about 5 minutes to soften.
Add 3 chopped cloves of garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
Add the chicken broth, Cajun seasonings and salt and pepper. Stir continuously until it thickens up, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the crema or sour cream until it is incorporated through.
Add in the ham and turkey. It so meaty!
Stir it through.
Top the whole thing with shredded cheese.
Top with tater tots, like so.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the tots are crispy brown.
Sprinkle with spicy chili flakes and fresh chopped herbs. BOOM! DONE!
I LOVE this recipe. Who doesn’t love a good casserole? Whenever I make one, they completely disappear. I’ve never had leftovers from a party.
Maybe I need to make two of them! You might need to. Seriously.
Adjusting the Heat and Spice Factor
You can dial down the heat factor by omitting the serrano pepper and jalapeño peppers. Or, try coring them out to remove some of the overall heat that comes from the innards.
Serrano peppers are quite a bit hotter than jalapeños, so skip them entirely if you’d like. You can also cut back on the Cajun seasonings, which aren’t hot, but have lots of flavor.
If you’d like it hotter, skip the bell pepper and use more jalapeño and serrano. You can also add in more Cajun blend.
Don’t forget to grab your Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Meats from your local Walmart. You’ll find them with the packaged lunch meat in the perimeter coolers.
You can learn more about the products here:
- Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Slow Roasted Seasoned Ham
- Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
- Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast
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Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole – Recipe
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 jalapeño pepper chopped
- 1 serrano pepper chopped (optional)
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ cup crema or sour cream
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 5.5 ounces Roasted Ham chopped
- 5.5 ounces Roasted Turkey Breast chopped
- 1 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
- 32 ounce bag tater tots frozen
- FOR SERVING: Spicy chili flakes fresh chopped herbs, hot sauce as desired
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Heat a 14-inch cast iron pan to medium heat. Add butter and let it melt.
- Add the flour and stir to form a roux. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the onion, peppers and celery. Cook down for about 5 minutes to soften.
- Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
- Add the chicken broth, Cajun seasonings and salt and pepper. Stir continuously until it thickens up, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the crema or sour cream until it is incorporated through.
- Stir in the ham and turkey.
- Top the whole thing with shredded cheese.
- Top with tater tots and bake for 30 minutes, or until the tots are crispy brown.
- Sprinkle with spicy chili flakes and fresh chopped herbs. Enjoy!