Taco Tater Tot Casserole

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Making this Taco Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect way to switch up Taco Tuesday. This is a one pan meal that my kids absolutely love and it’s really easy to make.

You’ll need to grab the biggest oven safe skillet you have for this one to make it truly one pan. If you don’t have an oven safe skillet you can easily brown the beef and assemble in a casserole dish, you’ll just have a little more cleanup!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp each of cumin, dried cilantro,
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles (not drained)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • Tater Tots or Crispy Crowns
  • Buffalo Wild Wing’s Southwest Ranch

Brown the Beef

First, get your skillet over medium heat and brown one pound of ground beef with a chopped onion. I like to use this meat chopper for this part to really break up the beef as it cooks.

Once the beef is cooked through, drain any extra fat with a paper towel and season with salt, pepper, cumin, dried cilantro, chili powder, and cayenne. You could use a taco seasoning packet in place of the above seasonings if you prefer.

Assemble the Casserole

If your skillet is oven safe you can begin assembling directly in the pan, if it isn’t transfer the meat mixture to an oven safe dish.

Start by adding one can of drained corn, one can of Rotel (not drained), 1 cup sour cream, and about 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese. Stir that all together well and sprinkle an additional cup of shredded cheese over the top of the mixture.

Next, top the mixture with tater tots or the crispy crowns in an even layer. I didn’t quite use the whole bag when making mine.

Finally, bake at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until the tater tots are cooked to your liking. If you want the tater tots to get extra crispy turn the oven to broil for the last couple of minutes keeping a close watch.

Serve Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Once the cheese is melted and the tater tots are nice and crispy, it’s time to eat! Serve the casserole hot with your favorite taco toppings. My family enjoys having this with Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch drizzled over the top.

This meal is also good served with a dollop of sour cream and scoop of fresh Pico de Gallo placed over the top.

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • A large oven safe skillet is best for this dish. I like to use a 12 inch cast iron when making this meal.
  • Freshly shredded cheese is my preference for this type of dish because it seems to melt better than pre-shredded.
  • I like using the seasonings listed in the recipe for taco seasoning, but you could use a taco seasoning packet instead if you prefer.
  • This dish had a little bit of a kick of heat to it, but it wasn’t too spicy for my little kids! To cut down on the heat omit the cayenne and be sure to use a mild Rotel.
  • I like topping this with Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch, but it’s also good topped with taco sauce, sour cream, or really any of your favorite taco toppings. The Southwest Ranch sauce can be found at walmart or even on amazon!

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Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

This is an easy one pan meal to switch up Taco Tuesday!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Tater Tot Casserole
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 1 Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp each of cumin dried cilantro,
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles not drained
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • Tater Tots or Crispy Crowns
  • Buffalo Wild Wing’s Southwest Ranch

Instructions

  • Brown one lb of ground beef with a chopped onion in a skillet over medium high heat. Once browned drain grease and season with salt, pepper, cumin, dried cilantro, chili powder, and cayenne. You could use a taco seasoning packet instead of these seasoning if you would rather do that.
  • Add one can of drained corn, one can of Rotel (not drained), 1 cup sour cream, and about 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese. Stir everything together well. Top with one more cup of shredded cheese.
  • Top with tater tots or the crispy crowns. I didn’t quite use the whole bag. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until the tater tots are cooked to your liking.
  • Top with Buffalo Wild Wing’s Southwest Ranch. Enjoy! Let me know if you try it out!
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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I used a red onion, cream cheese instead of sour cream, Parmesan garlic Buffalo Wild Wings sauce, and Italian flavored ground turkey. 🙈 For my poor grocery shopping skills, this dish turned out fantastic! I’m Californian so I’d never heard of this dish. Would happily make again!

  2. 5 stars
    Another amazing recipe. I added a little more of the spices to mine and used mini tatter tots (Walmart was out of the rounds) and it was delicious! 10 out of 10. I have to cook quick and on a budget and you’re always here with affordable recipes that taste great.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight with Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch and will be making this again! Two for two from your repituar! Thank you for the recipes! 🖐️

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