Taste of the Nation: Hot Dish Recipe

A staple of any Minnesota potluck, stick-to-your-ribs Hot Dish is a throw-together crowd pleaser.

By: Adam Easterling

With the brisk weather on its way, we need to think about cooking heartier fare for the dinner table. The kind of grub that warms the soul and fills the belly is what's needed this time of year, and there are few comfort foods that fit that description better than Hot Dish!

What's Hot Dish, you ask? Well, it's hard to blame you for asking the question. Hot Dish is a regional delicacy found mainly in the upper Midwest, primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The dish is cooked in a single casserole or baking dish, and contains some form of potatoes, meat and a frozen or canned vegetable, which are bound by canned soup. Pretty simple, yet absolutely delicious!

Originally found in the kitchens of churches and budget-conscious cooks, Hot Dish has been delighting hungry diners at family gatherings and potluck dinners for ages.

Hot Dish Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

50 mL (1/4 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound 80 per cent lean ground beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
500 mL (2 cups) frozen cut green beans, thawed
425 mL (1 3/4 cups) frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 300 gram (10-ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
455 grams (1 pound) frozen tater tots 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Add the oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the beef to the onions and cook until the meat is brown, stirring and scraping the bottom of the skillet, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Transfer the beef and onion mixture from the skillet into a 23-by-33-centimetre (9-by-13-inch) baking dish
  4. Scatter the green beans and corn evenly on top. Spread the cream of mushroom soup over the vegetables and top with frozen tater tots. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, until tater tots are golden brown

Tip: Skip the baking dish and make the whole dish in a large cast-iron skillet!


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