Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole
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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!

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.

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!

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.

 

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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:

Yields 6 servings

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!

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning (or 1 envelope)
  • 1 (10 oz.) can, Ro*Tel with diced chilies
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 3-4 c. frozen tater tots (about 1/2 - 2/3 package)
  • 1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef. Drain off any excess fat. To the browned ground beef, add the taco seasoning, Ro*Tel and water. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, and remove from heat.
  3. Even sprinkle on the shredded cheese over the top of the ground beef mixture. To the top of the cheese, add the frozen tater tots. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Top with your favorite taco toppings, like sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and cilantro. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Mexican American | Recipe Type: Dinner/Main Dish
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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!

 

 

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Comments

  1. A perfect twist on taco tuesday! thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!
  2. Looks awesome! Anything with a tater tot is great with me! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week! Kim

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