Big Weather's Big Recipe: Trash Can Casserole

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Trash Can Casserole
Here's a recipe Big Weather's son taught him during Spring Break.

My kids were home last week for spring break. My daughter and youngest son go to school together at UNC Pembroke and my son's girlfriend taught him this recipe. They have been tweaking it as they make it and they brought their updates to me on Spring Break. So let's make some Trash Can Casserole!


1 pound of ground beef

1 full link of Andouille sausage, finely chopped

1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 can of corn, drained

1/2 tsp Cajun Seasoning

3/4 bag of tator tots, thawed for 1 hour

1 pound of Velveeta cheese


1. Brown the ground beef and drain

2. Brown the sausage in the same pan

3. In a casserole dish combine the meats

4. Add the corn and soup, and mix all together

5. Cover the meat mixture with the tator tots

6. Cover the tator tots with the Velveeta cubes

7. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes

8. Scoop it out and enjoy!

That's it. The reason it's called trash can is because you throw it all together and it doesn't look great, but it sure tastes amazing. And you can use whatever you have in the pantry. Don't have corn, try green beans. Out of tator tots, use some hash brown mix or throw in a chopped onion. The recipe is open to whatever you have on hand. It did have a 'college' feel to it, but for a once in a while meal, it was actually pretty dang good. And I got to spend some time with my kids making it so it tasted even better. Enjoy!

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