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 (7 oz) Old El Paso™ Shredded Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend
  • 1/4 cup from 1 bottle (9 oz) Old El Paso™ Spicy Queso Blanco Sauce or 1/4 cup from 1 bottle (9 oz) Old El Paso™ Creamy Queso Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Diced avocado, if desired
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Preparation

  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 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.

Nutrition

  • 1 Serving Calories 430 (Calories from Fat 250);  Total Fat 27g (Saturated Fat 10g ,Trans Fat 1/2g);  Cholesterol 65mg;  Sodium 1190mg;  Potassium 260mg;  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 High-Fat Meat;  2 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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