Monday, January 23, 2012

Gluten and Dairy Free Tater Tot Casserole

Tonight I just wanted a good old casserole.  I remember the quick and easy days when I could mix a bunch of ingredients together, add some cream of mushroom soup, presto.....casserole.  Not so easy when you are both gluten free and dairy free.  For those of you who are only gluten free you can use Pacific Natural Foods Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup with great results. For those of us with dairy issues, it is a bit more difficult, but it can definitely be done!!!

Here is a solution if you are longing for a yummy Tater Tot Casserole.  This one is dairy free.  You could make this a dairy version using the Pacific Natural Foods soup by substituting two boxes of the condensed soup for the gluten free all purpose flour, soy milk, water, and bouillon cubes used in the recipe.  Or you could just substitute milk for the soy milk and follow the rest of the directions.  This is definitely the cheaper route.

Tater Tot Casserole (Gluten and Dairy Free) 

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or venison
1 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup Gluten Free All Purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup soy milk
1 cup water
3 cubes beef bouillon (Not all beef bouillon is gluten free or dairy free.  Check the labels.)
Seasoning to taste (I used Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb, salt, and pepper)
1 package frozen peas (or you could use a package of peas and carrots)
1 large package of Tater Tots (I use Ore Ida.  They print gluten free right on the bag!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown ground beef, celery, onions, and garlic in a skillet.  Drain well.  Add the flour and mix until the flour is well incorporated.  Add soy milk, water, beef bouillon and seasonings to taste.  Stir until well mixed and bouillon cubes are dissolved and sauce has thickened.  This is easier if you measure your water (use hot) and place the cubes in the water at the beginning of your cook time.  They will already be partially dissolved and easy to smash once you add them to the pan.  Add the package of peas.

Place mixture in a casserole dish.  Cover the top with Tater Tots.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until heated through and Tater Tots are browned.

My family loved this tonight!  I hope you will enjoy it as well.

     The Herb Ox Beef Bouillon Cubes are not dairy free due to the whey ingredient.  Herb Ox does make a sodium free bouillon that is dairy free.  Since originally posting this recipe, I do not use the bouillon and instead substitute a cup of beef broth for the cup of water and the bouillon.


  1. Sheila,

    Thank you so much for posting the Dairy and Gluten Free Tator Tot Casserole! It's the best!! As a Minnesotan, we pride ourselves on our casseroles (we call them hot dishes here), but your recipe is the best version I've ever had.

    Much Appreciated,
    Jennifer Ashwill
    Plymouth, MN

    1. So glad you liked this one! We all love it here :)

    2. So good to hear a Minnesotan approves -- I'll be making this up at the cabin this weekend! :)

      Minneapolis, MN

  2. It's a brilliant idea to layer the tator tots on the TOP!!! I have always put them on the bottom where they get soggy - bleh. I can't wait to try this idea. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it!! We love this one :)

  3. Thank you! I didn't think to use soy milk and flour. Perfect creamy effect.

    1. Thanks! You can also use coconut milk beverage for those of you who are dairy free and soy free. I use Trader Joe's unsweetened coconut milk beverage and it does not have a coconut taste at all in the dish.

  4. Hi Sheila, just wanted to let you know that the Herb-OX regular bouillon has whey powder so its not 100% dairy free. Some people with dairy allergies may have a reaction even with the small amount listed. The SODIUM FREE Herb-Ox doesn't have whey the powder so that one is gluten and dairy free. Thank you for the recipe, I'll be trying a slightly different version of this soon :)

    1. Thank you. I updated that post. I would love to know what you used. I made changes to my own recipe quite sometime ago and just used 1 cup of beef broth instead of the cup of water and bouillon. Thank again!

  5. We love your recipe! Thank you!!

  6. Have you tried cashew milk in this recipe?

  7. Hi! What size casserole dish are you using?

    1. I used a 4 quart casserole dish.


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