Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food of epic proportions. Sautéed cabbage and kielbasa topped with cheddar cheese and tater tots, then baked until crisp. 

We eat a lot of cabbage around here. Whether I am subbing it for lettuce on Shrimp Tacos, making some slaw to serve with pulled pork, making cabbage salsa or, one of my personal favorites, sautéing it with kielbasa. Cabbage makes a several appearances on our menu.

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is my latest cabbage creation. And we have already eaten it 2 times in as many weeks. The kids love it, my husband loves it and I love it

Easy Tater Tot Casserole with kielbasa and cabbage

I’m pretty sure your family will love it too.

What is Tater Tot Casserole?

Tater tot casserole has origins in the midwest. I believe it’s called hot dish there. Basically it’s sautéed meat and veggies topped with tater tots and baked until golden.

The possibilities are virtually endless. You could make a classic version with ground beef, a version with BBQ Pulled Pork , and a taco version and even a pizza version.

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is destined to become a favorite just like these.

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food of epic proportions. Sautéed cabbage and kielbasa topped with cheddar cheese and tater tots, then baked until crisp. 

How do you make Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole?

Like most good recipes, this one starts with bacon.

After browning the bacon, reserve the pan drippings and use it, along with apple cider vinegar, to sauté onions and cabbage.

Next comes the kielbasa and seasonings

Sauteed Kielbasa and Cabbage in a skillet

For the seasonings, I keep it simple, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and crushed red pepper for a little kick. You can leave the crushed red pepper out if you don’t want the added heat.

Finally, sprinkle some cheddar on top, top with tots and bake until the the whole thing is golden brown.

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food of epic proportions. Sautéed cabbage and kielbasa topped with cheddar cheese and tater tots, then baked until crisp. 

Seriously, bacon, cabbage, sausage and tater tots. It doesn’t get much more comforting

What kind of baking dish do you need to make tater tot casserole?

Basically, you want a pan that is large enough to fit all of your ingredients. I like to make this as easy as possible by making this a one pot dish and using a 12 inch cast iron skillet. That way I can use it on the stove and in the oven.

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food of epic proportions. Sautéed cabbage and kielbasa topped with cheddar cheese and tater tots, then baked until crisp. 

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, or other oven-proof skillet, simply prepare the kielbasa and cabbage in a skillet and then transfer the whole thing to a casserole dish before topping it with the tater tots.

Can you use turkey kielbasa?

Absolutely! Any kind of kielbasa will work in this recipe! I’ve used both, turkey and beef, and have had great results.

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole is comfort food of epic proportions. Sautéed cabbage and kielbasa topped with cheddar cheese and tater tots, then baked until crisp.  #comfortfood #tatertotcasserole #kielbasaandcabbage

Kielbasa and Cabbage Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Serves 8 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(19)

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 head cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 16 ounces (beef or turkey) kielbasa sausage, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (2 pound) bag tater tots

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2

Cook bacon in a 12-inch cast iron skillet until browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons pan drippings.

3

In the same pan that you cooked the bacon, sauté the onions, just until they start to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and apple cider vinegar. Cover and cook for 3 - 5 minutes or until cabbage has wilted.

4

Add in kielbasa, caraway, crushed red pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5

Sprinkle half of the cheddar cheese on top of the kielbasa and cabbage mixture. Top with tater tots. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

6

Remove from oven, top with remaining cheese and reserved bacon. Bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes or until tater tots are browned and cheese is melted. Serve.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 692 , Total Fat: 45.4g , Saturated Fat: 17.8g , Cholesterol: 126mg , Sodium: 2344mg , Carbohydrates: 43.2g , Fiber: 5.6g , Sugar: 3.9g , Protein: 30.7g

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  • Reply
    Jyothi Rajesh
    March 17, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Tater tots ..sign me up please. It looks so darn delicious! Adding cabbage is such a wonderful idea. I’m gonna try this soon.

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    Leslie Kiszka
    March 17, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I swear, tater tots can make absolutely anything even better. I already love kielbasa and cabbage on its own, but this takes it to another level!

  • Reply
    Kylie | Midwest Foodie
    March 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Yum! This dinner literally combines all of my favorites into one skillet. Can’t wait to make this! Pinning for later.

  • Reply
    Sharon
    March 17, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I love this comfort food casserole. Perfect for hearty Sunday dinner but easy enough for weeknights too.

  • Reply
    ANNE LAWTON
    March 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I have not had tater tots in a long time, but this recipe going to change that, yum!

  • Reply
    Denise
    March 14, 2019 at 10:55 am

    This looks incredible! This is something the whole family will love for sure. I will have to try it soon.

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    March 14, 2019 at 10:06 am

    this is one of those dishes that just leaves you feeling content and happy. because who doesn’t love tater tots?? Great recipe!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    March 13, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Looks delicious and so easy to make! !

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    March 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I have been wanting to make tater tot casserole for a long time now. This looks like my kind of meal! Bookmarking it to make later :)

  • Reply
    Taylor W.
    March 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Talk about comfort food! This looks DELICIOUS!

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    Elaine Benoit
    March 12, 2019 at 6:52 am

    My niece’s kids love tater tots. I mean, love with a passion. When I have them over for sleepovers, that’s what they want me to make!! So, I’m going to try your delicious recipe on them and I bet they are going to love it.

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    March 12, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I would love to try this!! It sounds amazing!

  • Reply
    Catalina
    March 12, 2019 at 4:40 am

    This looks like the perfect dinner for tonight! So delish!

  • Reply
    Aleta
    March 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Yup, my family is going to freak out when I make them this dish! I looove kielbasa and of course my girls love tater tots, this is going to be a new family favourite for sure!

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    Gloria
    March 11, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Well the Ukrainian in me knows a thing or two about kielbasa and cabbage. Add some tater tots, and you have yourself a great meal. I know my family would love this for dinner any night of the week.

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    March 9, 2019 at 4:41 am

    This is such an amazing flavor combo!! Would love to try it!

  • Reply
    Anna
    March 8, 2019 at 10:28 am

    This casserole looks fantastic! I have all of the ingredients on hand!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    March 7, 2019 at 4:28 am

    I am loving this!! Comfort food at its best!! YUM!!

  • Reply
    Jade
    March 7, 2019 at 3:34 am

    This takes taters to another level!

  • Reply
    Catalina
    March 7, 2019 at 1:52 am

    This is making me hungry! Looks so good! I will make it soon!

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    Steph
    March 6, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This was a huge hit with my family, thanks!

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    Jen
    March 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    This is my kind of casserole! I mean, it has bacon so it’s already a winner in my book!