One-Pot Minnesota Wild Rice Tator Tot Hotdish


This post was created in partnership with Nordic Ware, all opinions are my own. 

cozy dish for the minnesota winter

It could be said that I embrace my heritage a little too well. I say “uff da” on a regular basis, as well as “you betcha“.  And as for Minnesota nice? According to Wikipedia “Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of people in Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered”. That definition might as well be a description of me. Sometimes there just isn’t any escaping the way we are raised and manner in which people live in this land of snow and cold. 

Keeping in line with my natural tendency to embrace all things Minnesotan I created a recipe for tator tot hotdish. This casserole (if that’s the sort of language YOU use) is within itself a Minnesota staple for winter suppers. But I decided to take this classic dish and add an additional level of home state love- I added wild rice and I prepred it in a braiser pan from the Minnesota based Nordic Ware company. 

nordic ware crimson pan

This 10″ Braiser pan was perfect for this recipe as I was able to make the entire meal in one-pot, love that! Made with cast aluminum the pan performs like cast iron, but without the excess weight. And the non-stick inside made for easy clean-up. I browned the onions and hamburger in the pan on the stove, drained the grease, and then added the other ingredients and stuck it in the oven. Plus its beautiful Cranberry enameled exterior creates the perfect look for serving. 

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Nordic Ware {based in Minneapolis} has been around since 1946 and has a reputation for high quality products. Family owned and operated (with 90% of jobs MN based) this company is the perfect match for my love of all things Minnesotan and Norwegian. I am very familiar with their line of exquisite baking pans, but this was my first experience with their stovetop line. And just like every Nordic Ware product I’ve ever handled this braiser pan was created with the utmost quality. 

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Wild Rice Tator Tot Hotdish MN Style

Of course I shouldn’t have to tell you that this recipe is as easy as it comes. I think it’s almost innately apparent how it all comes together, but just in case you want the details I’ve provided the recipe below.

tator tot hotdish with wild rice


One-Pot Minnesota Wild Rice Tator Tot Hotdish
Serves 5
Perfect for cozy winter evenings, this recipe is a unique twist on a traditional tator tot hotdish with Minnesota wild rice as an addition.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
406 calories
17 g
84 g
26 g
25 g
11 g
248 g
1124 g
1 g
1 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406
Calories from Fat 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 84mg
Sodium 1124mg
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 package frozen tator tots
  3. 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  4. 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  5. 1 small sized onion- diced
  6. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  7. 2 cloves garlic- minced
  8. 1 cup cooked wild rice
  9. 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  10. salt & pepper, to taste
  1. 1. Soften diced onions and brown hamburger.
  2. 2. Mix soups, minced garlic, wild rice with onion/hamburger mixture- season with salt & pepper.
  3. 3. Spread the contents evenly in an oven safe Nordic Ware Braiser pan and add shredded cheese.
  4. 4. Place frozen tator tots on top of mixture.
  5. 5. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for around 45-50 minutes.
  6. 6. Sprinkle with green onions.
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Wild Rice TatorTot Hotdish

Have you made tator tot hotdish before? Let me know if you add wild rice next time! It’s an easy and tasty addition!


  1. Kelsi strong says

    I have been wanting to try a “Minnesota” dish since we moved here! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh that looks so good and what a wonderful variation to the regular tator tot hotdish we make all the time. Cannot wait to try this!

  3. Jennifer Sauer Pudas says

    Made this tonight and my husband loved it. Thank you so much for the great recipe. We are both from MN but live now in ABQ,NM. Went back last week and picked up some wild rice and this was a perfect dish to make.

  4. Sabrina Varty says

    Sounds so simple.will make this today!!!thanks

  5. do you soak the wild rice at all before adding to the dish?

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