The Duggar kids reveal what they really feel about the family’s infamous Tater Tot casserole dish


The Duggar family’s food choices have raised a lot of eyebrows over the years. Perhaps no dish the family has served has received more contempt than their infamous tater tot casserole. Back in the 19 children and count days, it seemed like the Duggars ate this affordable and easy-to-make concoction whenever they had the chance. But it turns out the Duggar kids weren’t actually big fans of the dish, as a recent episode of Counting on.

The Duggars ate a lot of tater tot casserole

The Duggar family | D Removed / Getty Images for Extra

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With 19 kids at home, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were always on the lookout for simple meals that didn’t break the bank. The Tater tot casserole – a mix of ground meat, canned soup, tater tots and evaporated milk – does the trick.

Anyone who has followed the Duggars over the years knows that they have eaten a lot of tater tot casserole. But in a Counting on Episode aired on July 28, several family members revealed their true feelings about the dish. The episode “Duggars By the Numbers” looks back at some of the family’s memorable moments on TV, including a time when Michelle tasked some of the boys with cooking a meal (a task usually taken on by girls). Understandably, they made a pot of tater tot – 10 pounds, in fact – Their culinary endeavors received mixed reviews, with a few family members deeming it too watery.

Jessa Duggar says family was ‘sick’ of Tater tot’s pan

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Later, the producers asked some of the now adult Duggar children about the family’s signature meal. Several admitted they weren’t big fans, especially after people got the idea that it was their favorite food.

“People literally thought it was our most favorite meal on earth,” Jessa Duggar said.

“What got annoying was that when we went to places growing up, people would say, ‘Hey! We’ve made your favorite dish – the early casserole tater, ”Josiah Duggar moaned.

Jana, Duggar’s oldest daughter, confirmed that the budget dish “ [got] old over time.

“We were so tired of it,” Jessa added. “We were like, ‘no more’. So, there was literally a three year period where we didn’t have a pan of tater early because we were so fed up.

Duggars have a more varied diet these days

Followers of the Duggar family have called the tater tot casserole dish and some of the family’s other recipes unhealthy. Critics say the dishes are high in canned and processed salty foods and contain a lot of meat and dairy and not as many fresh vegetables.

But as seen in the Counting on episode, these days the family owns an impressive vegetable garden maintained by Jana. And the kids who have moved and started their own families have adapted their cooking. Jill Duggar shared recipes for Tibetan thukpa and Moroccan chicken and lentils on her Instagram. Her younger sister Jinger whipped Brussels sprouts and buffalo pancetta eggs with kale and sautéed mushrooms.

Tater Many Recipe

Looks like the tater tot casserole is seen on the Duggar family’s table as often as it once was. If you’d like to try it out and judge for yourself, Jill shared the recipe on her family’s blog.


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 2 sacks (2 lb) tater all
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken
  • 2 cans (12 oz) of evaporated milk or 3 cups of milk
  • Onion powder, salt and pepper for seasoning

Brown the meat with the onion powder, salt and pepper, then drain the excess liquid. Place the meat in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Garnish with tater tots. Mix the soup and milk together and pour over the taters and meat. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. Makes enough to fill 9 × 13 inch pots or a large industrial pot.


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