Tater Tot Casserole


2 pounds lean ground beef 10 strips bacon  1 small onion  4 cloves garlic  ⅓ cup all purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Dash of hot sauce  3 cups cheddar cheese 12-16 oz bag frozen vegetables ¼ cup sour cream salt and pepper to taste 32 ounces bag frozen tater tots

In a large skillet brown ground beef, bacon, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink.  Sprinkle the flour over the ground beef and stir well to combine.  Stir in the milk, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.  Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar, frozen vegetables and sour cream.

Spray the crock pot with non-stick spray.  Place some tater tots in the bottom of the crock pot.  

Pour meat gravy over tater tots.  Arrange remaining tater tots on top.  Cover and cook on LOW for 3-3 1/2 hours. 

In the last 10 minutes of cooking sprinkle with extra cheddar if desired.  Cover and finish cooking.