Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole
If you love the classic Tater Tot Casserole, this cheesy taco version is a must-make! An easy dinner recipe, this one skillet meal is made with just six ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. Fantastic for Taco Tuesday, or anytime you’re craving Tex-Mex!
As a kid, my brothers and I always had our dinnertime favorites! At the top of our list was always tacos, pizza, spaghetti and tater tot casserole. There was something about those golden, crispy tater tots that I absolutely loved – and still LOVE to this day. Now that I’m the one in charge of making and preparing most of our weeknight dinners, I decided to combine two of those childhood favorites – tacos and tater tot casserole – into an awesome one skillet meal. This Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole was an instant hit with my family!
This simple weeknight dinner idea is perfect for just about any night of the week. Requiring just six ingredients (plus any of your taco topping favorites) and just one skillet, this tater tot casserole recipe is done and on the table in no time flat!
Here are the simple steps to making this Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole:
Step 1: Brown Ground Beef
In a medium skillet, brown 1 pound of lean ground beef. Drain off any excess fat. You can also use ground turkey, if you desire.
Step 2: Add Taco Seasoning, Ro*Tel and Water
To the ground beef, add the taco seasoning, 1 can of Ro*Tel with diced chilies, and water. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes or just until the liquid reduces a bit and becomes saucy.
The ground beef mixture will still have a bit of liquid, but most of this will evaporate off during baking. The Ro*Tel with chilies adds a really great flavor to the taco meat, and also sneaks in a vegetable that your kids may or may not notice.
Step 3: Add Cheese
To the top of the ground beef mixture, add a generous amount of shredded cheese. Feel free to go with your preference – I like to use a Mexican blend that I buy already shredded. Buying shredded cheese is one of those time-savers that I’ve happy adopted. Yes, it is slightly more expensive, but saves quite a bit of time in the long run over having to shred the cheese yourself.
Step 4: Add Frozen Tater Tots
To the top of the cheese, simply toss on frozen tater tots to your casserole. I will typically use about 1/2 of a package of your standard frozen tater tot. As soon as you’ve covered the top of the cheese with tots, the tater tot casserole is ready to go into the oven. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown.
Step 5: Add your favorite taco toppings
Feel free to top your tater tot casserole with all of your favorite taco toppings, like sour cream, diced tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce and olives. If you wanna go the spicy route, sprinkle on some diced jalapenos and some hot sauce as well. This casserole is also the perfect canvas for some delicious Loaded Guacamole or Classic Pico de Gallo, too!
Here’s a quick grocery list of all the ingredients you’ll need for this awesome tater tot casserole recipe:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- 1 can Ro*Tel with chilies (10 oz.)
- frozen Tater Tots, (you’ll use about 1/2 – 2/3’s of a package)
- shredded Mexican blend cheese
- Preferred Toppings of your choosing: fresh tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, or olives
Here’s the wonderfully easy recipe for this Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole:
If you loved this easy and delicious dinner idea, be sure to check out some of my other Tex-Mex recipes: