*If you use a dutch oven or another “stovetop to oven safe pan” you can eliminate the greased 9x13 pan and just use the dutch oven you brown your meat in to put in the oven. Leave the meat in the dutch oven and top with tater tots. Bake the same amount of time. If I am in a rush I don’t bother with the 9x13 pan, but I do prefer to use the 9x13 pan because there is a better ratio of meat to tater tots. I’m all about the tots. The more the better. ;) But then dishes. Uggghhh, sometimes it's nice to not have to wash 1 more pan!