I made another version of this like 12 years ago and just hated it. I just remember it being so salty. I had come across the Duggar's version a long time ago, I admit, I like their show and have seen them devour this dish many times. Then the other day I heard someone talk about it on Facebook or somewhere?, so I figured it can't hurt to try it again.
Their version seemed so bland though, so I added in seasonings (I just eyeballed it), adapted it a little and of course halved it since we don't need a Duggar size meal (I wonder if they quadruple their recipe, our family of 5 ate 3/4 of a pan and they have 19 in their family, I couldn't imaging 2 pans feeding all of them?)
Guess what! It was good! Really! Everyone liked it. Next time I may add some cheddar cheese on top too, oh and maybe Worcestershire sauce with the soup mix? I served it with some veggies on the side. It's not a very photogenic dish, is it?
adapted DUGGAR's TATER TOT CASSEROLE
2 lb ground beef
1- 2lb bag tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 Tbl crushed garlic, divided
1 tsp onion powder, divided
Brown and season meat to taste, drain & place in a greased 9x13 dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup, milk together, add more seasonings to taste.
Pour over tater tots. Bake at 350' for 45 minutes, let cool a little before serving.