Taco Beef Tater Tots Casserole

Taco Beef Tater Tots™ Casserole

Get ready to dish up something delish. We put a Tex-Mex spin on the classic Tater Tots™ hot dish to create an easy, cheesy Tater Tots™ casserole with taco seasoning, perfect for a weeknight dinner or your next game night with friends and family. And with just 25 minutes of prep time, this tater taco casserole is ready for the oven in a jiffy.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total 1 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 bag (32 oz) Ore-Ida™ Tater Tots™ Frozen Potatoes
  • 1 package (8 oz) Old El Paso™ Shredded 4-Cheese Mexican Blend (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso™ Spicy Queso Blanco Sauce or Old El Paso™ Creamy Queso Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Diced avocado, if desired
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onions over medium-high heat 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown; drain, and return to skillet. Stir in tomatoes, chiles, water and seasoning mix; heat to simmering over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  2. Place half of the frozen potatoes in single layer in baking dish. Spoon beef mixture evenly over potatoes. Top with 1 cup of the cheese and remaining frozen potatoes.
  3. Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until casserole is hot (at least 165°F in center), edges are bubbly and potatoes are lightly browned. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese; let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Drizzle casserole with sauce. Top with cilantro and avocado.

Expert Tips

  • It’s easy to spice up this Mexican Tater Tots™ casserole. If you like it hot, try serving your casserole with your favorite hot sauce, or top with Old El Paso™ Hot Jalapeño Slices.
  • To give your taco tater recipe even more taco flavor, drizzle your finished dish with Old El Paso™ Taco Sauce.
  • Serve this hearty taco casserole with Tater Tots™ alongside a green salad simply dressed with lime juice, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.


1 Serving Calories 430 (Calories from Fat 250); Total Fat 27g (Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0.5g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 1190mg; Total Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 4g); Protein 18g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 20%; Iron 10%;
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Medium-Fat Meat, 1 High-Fat Meat, 2 1/2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choice: 2

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