Fakertot Casserole

Fakertot Casserole is low carb, and full of flavor!

Tater Tot Casserole is one of my all-time favorite comfort food casseroles. After getting braces, my sweet Nanny offered to make a special dinner just for me, anything I wanted. I requested Tater Tot Casserole. And I’ve been missing my favorite casserole since I’ve started the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I don’t miss the pounds it packs on, but I certainly miss the creamy, savory flavor and hearty beef and cheesy goodness. This Fakertot Casserole is an absolutely perfect low-carb version of an old favorite! 

Normally when I make Tater Tot Casserole, I simply open a can or two of cream-of-whatever and gloop that all together. That sort of laziness doesn’t fly when you’re eating right with Trim Healthy Mama. So I had to make my own Cream of Mushroom Soup – and surprisingly it wasn’t that hard at all. To keep this dish low carb, I skipped using any sort of flour or corn starch and used glucomannan instead. Gluccie is great for thickening soups, shakes, and sauces. Here’s a really great article all about glucomannan if you’re interested. 

Fakertot Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 (1 pound) bags frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (grass-fed is best), seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

For the soup:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup beef broth (not pictured, because I’m a dingbat)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon glucomannan 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

ingredients for fakertot casserole

Cook ground beef with diced onion, drain excess grease and season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences, generally we use a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper. 

making Fakertot Casserole

While beef is cooking, add cream, beef broth, cream cheese, salt and pepper and garlic powder, and butter to a sauce pot. Cook on medium heat and whisk after a few minutes to blend. 

making Fakertot Casserole

Allow to cook for a few minutes while you dice the mushrooms. My family will flip out if I don’t mince these babies to death, but perhaps yours is more understanding when it comes to edible fungi. If your family can’t abide even the mention of the “M” word, you could substitute with celery. Whatever works for your crew, works for this recipe.

making Fakertot Casserole

Add mushrooms (or celery) to the soup and stir to mix well. Next add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered glucomannan and whisk well to avoid lumps.

making Fakertot Casserole

Allow to cook for three to five minutes while stirring, then remove from heat and assemble your casserole. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large 9×13 baking pan, layer frozen cauliflower florets.

making Fakertot Casserole

Next layer ground beef and onions.

making Fakertot Casserole

Pour homemade cream of mushroom soup over the entire dish.

making Fakertot Casserole

And finally, top with shredded cheese.

making Fakertot Casserole

Cover casserole with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and allow to cook for another 10 minutes to brown on top. 

Fakertot Casserole

This is an S (satisfying) meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, so it’s best to pair this dish with a non-starchy side, like broccoli, spinach or kale, or green beans.

Trim Healthy Mama friendly Fakertot Casserole

NOTE: If you’d like to skip the glucomannan, you could add a full 8 ounces of cream cheese for a thicker soup. 

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Fakertot Casserole
This delicious Fakertot Casserole is a low carb version of the classic Tater Tot Casserole and is Trim Healthy Mama friendly!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (1 pound) bags frozen cauliflower florets
  2. 1.5 pounds ground beef (grass-fed is best), seasoned with salt and pepper
  3. 1/3 cup diced onion
  4. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
For the soup
  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese
  3. 1/2 stick butter
  4. 1 cup beef broth
  5. 1/3 - 1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms
  6. 1/2 teaspoon glucomannan
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef with diced onion, drain excess grease and season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences, generally we use a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper.
  2. While beef is cooking, add cream, beef broth, cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and butter to a sauce pot. Cook on medium heat and whisk after a few minutes to blend.
  3. Allow to cook for a few minutes while you dice the mushrooms.
  4. Add mushrooms to the soup and stir to mix well. Next add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered glucomannan and whisk well to avoid lumps.
  5. Allow to cook for three to five minutes while stirring, then remove from heat and assemble your casserole.
  6. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large 9x13 baking pan, layer frozen cauliflower florets.
  7. Next layer ground beef and onions. Pour cream of mushroom soup over the entire dish. And finally, top with shredded cheese.
  8. Cover casserole with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and allow to cook for another 10 minutes to brown on top.
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38 thoughts on “Fakertot Casserole

  1. Joanne Voth

    This looks tasty, Amanda. I think I will try this with zucchini instead, since my hubby does not like cauliflower.

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  3. Tori

    I’m not even on THM and I’m STILL making this! Oh nom!

  4. Frank Ross

    A can of mushroom soup was not on your list of ingredients but was mentioned in the instructions just before topping with cheese. You might want to review the list.

    1. amandacoers

      Hi there πŸ™‚ If you’ll read through the post, you’ll see we’re making our own Cream of Mushroom soup – instead of using a can.

      1. Frank Ross

        That’s fine, but you’re explanation is like telling someone to get off the bus two stops before I do! The ingredients should be listed in the top most section of a recipe, otherwise, when someone gets to the bottom and realizes, as I did, they don’t have all of the ingredients it’s a problem! If there’s something I need to know in chapter one of a novel, I don’t want to find out about it in chapter three!

        1. amandacoers

          I’ve made some changes, separating the ingredients list to highlight what is needed for the soup, in order to better clarify for you. While I do appreciate helpful suggestions to improve our site, I do hope our readers understand I’m a mom, of seven, and certainly not perfect. Kindness is always appreciated and valued.

  5. Jessica Evans

    When do you add the cream cheese? I’m missing it…

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Jessica πŸ™‚ it’s in the soup. I went back and edited this post to clarify – hopefully that will help!

  6. Cyndi

    Hi Amanda, this recipe sounds great. As a THM in the works I will certainly be trying it!!!!!
    I was pleasantly surprised to see “dingbat” in your post. Hadn’t heard that since I was a child watching Archie Bunker on All In The Family. I started laughing just thinking about it. Thanks!!!

  7. Melissa Leach

    Do you thaw the frozen cauliflower and squeeze out the excess moisture before layering it in the casserole or do you use it frozen?

    1. amandacoers

      I didn’t, because…. I’m way too lazy πŸ˜‰ but! That might be a useful step for a firmer casserole if you’d like.

  8. Deena Kramer

    Oh my I am so excited to try this one!! Does your family like it as much as the traditional tater tot casserole. I have not been getting rave reviews on a lot of the things I have been making since I started THM!! Thanks so much for posting this!

  9. Jamie Asper

    Amanda, I am new to THM and still learning all the ins and outs. This casserole looks FABULOUS! I’m a midwest girl and I need my down-home casserole/comfort foods from time to time so this is perfect for me! I just saw a tatertot casserole recipe on Pinterest this morning and got a little sad that I couldn’t pin it anymore so I was super excited when I found your blog and recipe!! πŸ™‚ In addition to all the recipes in the book I am so thankful for the bloggers that are coming up with all these tasty recipes too. Your directions and pics are super helpful and easy to read. THANKS!! Have a blessed day! ~ Jamie

  10. dhbarbara

    That’s a great recipe that I can veggie-fy. Thanks!

  11. Angela Lashley

    This is posted as a low carb meal option. Can you tell us what the carb count(net carbs preferred) for this dish please?

  12. Tammy

    This looks so yummy . . . for THM have you figured the serving size for the dish . . . I tend to not do well with portions, but trying to get better πŸ™‚

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Tammy πŸ™‚ I don’t really keep track of portion sizes, but about a cup and a half is good for me. I could eat more… But I try to stop myself there lol

  13. Melanie S.

    Amanda, I just made this tonight after seeing it posted earlier today. Can I just say YUM?! I loved it. I served with a salad to eat while it was baking because I was so hungry. I’m definitely serving with green beans next time. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and that cream soup is da bomb! Better than ANYTHING out of a can. And so easy to make!

  14. Christina

    I. Just got the book……truly it’s ok to have heavy cream, cream cheese, and cheese??? Have I died and gone to heaven??? I’ve ” dieted” for so long that it seems to good to be true for this high cholesterol girl……any tips??

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Christina πŸ™‚ you’ll love the wonderful freedom to enjoy food on Trim Healthy Mama. My tip is to stay connected and updated with other THMers through their Facebook group. It’s so great to have support and encouragement.

  15. Diana Cortado

    Anyone tried this with fresh cauliflower? Wonder if I should partially cook (steam) the cauliflower and then use it.

  16. Jo Y

    Amanda this is wonderful! Made it for Sunday dinner. And I love that fact that I now have a cream of mushroom soup recipe too! Thank you for taking the time to share this.

  17. shannon

    Just made this for supper. Wonderful! Thank you! I used fresh purple cauliflower, so it looked clown-ish and made us all smile to look at and then to eat it too! Thanks for sharing this recipe.(BTW, it worked just fine with fresh cauli, not cooked or steamed in advance).

  18. Nicki

    DELICIOUS!!! I had to add more mushrooms though. I have a large container in my fridge and 1/3 – 1/2 didn’t seem near enough. I think mine was closer to 2 cups.

  19. Susan

    Thank you Amanda for taking the time to share this recipe! YUM

    1. Amanda Coers

      Thanks for stopping by my site Susan! Im glad you liked the casserole πŸ™‚

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  22. Kathleen

    Is it possible to assemble this dish ahead of time, refrigerate and then reheat?

    1. Amanda Coers

      I think it should work fine to do that – just prepare as directed until the final baking step. Store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. πŸ™‚

  23. Deb Schaefer

    Would this be an S or and E meal? Looks yummy! Thanks!

    1. Amanda Coers

      This is an S πŸ™‚

  24. Rebekah

    This was so yummy! I LOVE all your THM recipes:)

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  28. Kelly L

    Hello! Love this dish! I’m in the midst of making it and forgot that I don’t have cream cheese. Can you use 000 greek yogurt or some other substitute?


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