This casserole tastes like tater tot casserole but with fewer calories! I use shredded hash browns instead of tater tots.
I made this easy Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Tater Casserole this week. I will be making this instead of my favorite comfort food Tater Tot Casserole when I am trying to eat healthier. My husband and I really enjoyed the meal! I used refrigerated style shredded hash browns in place of the tater tots.
Replacing the tater tots with the hash browns cut the majority of the calories in the dish. Other changes I made was I used low-fat meat, healthy request cream of mushroom soup, and used weight watchers cheese.
More slow cooker recipes:
- Slow Cooker Classic Tater Tot Casserole
- Slow Cooker John Wayne Tater Tot Casserole
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole
- Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes Au Gratin
I think if you are a fan of tater tot casserole, and want to try a lightened up version, you will love this! Enjoy!
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Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Tater Casserole
- 21.5 oz. Healthy Request cream of mushroom soup (two 10.75-oz. cans)
- 1/4 cup fat free milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1 lb. 4% fat ground beef browned and drained
- 20 oz. bag shredded hash browns (note these are the refrigerated ones, not frozen)
- 3 cups stemmed and cut fresh green beans I bought a 1/2 pound
- 2 cups Weight Watchers cheese I use Mexican blend shredded- package says 5 grams fat per serving
- In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cans of cream of mushroom, milk, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Then stir in the browned meat, shredded hash browns and green beans.
- Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Add the mixture you just made into the slow cooker, and gently flatten it.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
- During the last 15 minutes add the shredded cheese. Cover and let the cheese melt.
- Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Jodi Beckstrom says
This looks like a great recipe and can’t wait to try it Has anyone asked about adding some broccoli instead of the green beans to the recipe?
Sarah Olson says
You can definitely add broccoli instead.
Janette Hartman says
thanks for sharing this recipe is more to my liking.
Hi- I’m making this tonight. Do you have the nutrition information? I’m on weight watchers so I need to calculate the points. I’m going to substitute the beef with ground turkey. Thanks!
Sarah Olson says
Sorry I am just getting back to you. I had figured out the nutrition and lost it. But I just got the nutritional information for you from My Recipe Magic. If you click on the Magic button that is under the recipe box, (then click on nutrition), you will find the info! I hope this helps.
I found it, thank you!!! I made it last night and it was a hit with my whole family 🙂
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
This is such a fabulous recipe idea, Sarah! I will be trying it soon!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
This sounds amazing! 🙂 And love that the slow cooker does all the work- perfect for a busy weeknight!
Renee's Kitchen Adventures says
I love that you lightened this up. I’ve never had tater tot casserole.
Marion@Life Tastes Good says
Shredded hashbrowns are a great idea in place of the tater tots! This sounds delicious! Good luck with the book signing! Wish I could be there, but I do hope to see pics!
This looks so comforting and I love that it’s a bit healthier..yum! Jim Gaffigan is hilarious. You guys will have a blast.
Come to a Barnes & Noble in Nor Cal so I can get you to sign a copy for meeeee!!!
The Foodie Affair says
This looks tasty! Love that you can use shredded hashbrowns! You gotta post some photos at your book signing events! Can’t wait to see you in action!
My kids love hash browns and cheese with anything. I love the healthy changes. Thanks:) and congratulations on your upcoming book signing. So cool!!!
Food Done Light (@FoodDoneLight) says
Hasbrowns were a great way to lighten this dish
This looks and sounds amazing, yum!
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Grandma Kc says
Jenna and I are always looking for new ideas like this! Thanks!
This looks delicious!! If I can’t find refrigerated shredded hash browns, can I use thawed frozen ones?
Sarah Olson says
I haven’t tried it yet with those. I would think it would be ok. The refrigerated hash browns are next to the eggs. 🙂
Hi Sarah, This looks delicious. I didn’t see anywhere what you did with the green beans. Did you precook them or just add them in with the beef and hash browns?
Sarah Olson says
Thanks for letting me know. I did not precook them, I stirred them in with the beef and hashbrowns. 🙂
Oh that’s great. Just got back from the store. It’s going in the slow cooker now. Thanks again.