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2 February 2019

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.

Hillshire Farms Premium Carved Slow Roasted Seasoned Ham and 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.

Why I Like Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Meats

I enjoy Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Meats because they’re all natural, with no nitrates or nitrites, and no artificial ingredients or preservatives. They’re perfect for just about anytime I need them, and they’re premium carved cuts of high-quality meats.

The quality really shows when you cut into the package, and they taste great. Just what this casserole needs!

Grab your Hillshire Farm Premium Carved Meats from your local Walmart. You’ll find them with the packaged lunch meat in the perimeter coolers.

Let’s talk about how we make this casserole, shall we?

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole, in a pan, ready to serve

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.

Making the roux

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.

Cooking down the vegetables

Add the chicken broth, Cajun seasonings and salt and pepper. Stir continuously until it thickens up, about 5 minutes.

Adding the broth

Stir in the crema or sour cream until it is incorporated through.

Stirring in the crema or sour cream

Add in the ham and turkey. It so meaty!

Adding the chopped meats

Stir it through.

Mixing in the chopped meats

Top the whole thing with shredded cheese.

A layer of cheese added to the top

Top with tater tots, like so.

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole, in a pan, just before baking

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the tots are crispy brown.

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole, in a pan, ready to serve

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.

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole, with a scoop taken out

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:

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole, ready to serve

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 5 votes
Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole - Recipe
Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
This tater tot casserole recipe is hearty and filling, made with oven roasted turkey, slow roasted ham, lots of Cajun spices, and topped with golden tater tots. Bring your appetite!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, casserole, hot dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 461 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 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 Hillshire Farm® Premium Carved Slow Roasted Seasoned Ham chopped
  • 5.5 ounces Hillshire Farm® Premium Carved Oven 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Heat a 14-inch cast iron pan to medium heat. Add butter and let it melt.
  3. Add the flour and stir to form a roux. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the onion, peppers and celery. Cook down for about 5 minutes to soften.
  5. Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
  6. Add the chicken broth, Cajun seasonings and salt and pepper. Stir continuously until it thickens up, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the crema or sour cream until it is incorporated through.
  8. Stir in the ham and turkey.
  9. Top the whole thing with shredded cheese.
  10. Top with tater tots and bake for 30 minutes, or until the tots are crispy brown.
  11. Sprinkle with spicy chili flakes and fresh chopped herbs. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1184mg 49%
Potassium 546mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 18.3%
Vitamin C 32.6%
Calcium 23%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cajun Ham and Turkey Tater Tot Casserole - This tater tot casserole recipe is hearty and filling, made with oven roasted turkey, slow roasted ham, lots of Cajun spices, and topped with golden tater tots. Bring your appetite! #Casserole #TaterTots #Dinner

9 comments


  1. OMG Mike this recipe is out of this world, wish I’d see it earlier, I would have made it for todays game! But I will surely make it this week!! Killer recipe Mike! Thanks!

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