A Tuesday Idea: Mexican Taco Tater Tot Casserole

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All the taco flavors and veggies you love in a delicious, easy to make Mexican Taco Tater Tot Casserole. And, it may be fewer calories that you’d imagine.

It began on a Tuesday. A night I’d promised tacos. Taco Tuesday. A dish we love, but rarely have on Tuesdays. But it had been a busy week, and I was up for something… different.




And for some strange reason, I’d been thinking about tater tots.

We rarely ever have tater tots. At least a year, perhaps even more. Which is strange in a house with teens and their friends.

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You know how minds can ramble when considering, “What to serve for dinner.” I wondered if anyone would be terribly disappointed if Tuesday’s tacos became taco tater tot casserole?

If I served them with corn tortillas, they could stuff the casserole into the tortillas… and it would be like a taco, right?

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So that Tuesday became Mexican Taco Tater Tot Casserole Tuesday. The result? No disappointments that night! And sadly, no leftovers either.

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Mexican Taco Tater Tot Casserole

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All the taco flavors and veggies you love in a delicious, easy to make Mexican Taco Tater Tot Casserole. And, it may be fewer calories that you’d imagine.

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  • Yield: 10-12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I use 7%)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4-oz can of diced green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 15-oz can black beans
  • 2 tomatoes, diced and divided
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1 2.5oz can sliced olives
  • 2 cups Mexican shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 16oz bag frozen tater tots

Topping Ideas:

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Sliced Olives
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Avocado

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet. Drain fat.

Stir in taco seasoning, chili powder, and cumin. Add chiles, corn, black beans, 1 chopped tomato, tomato sauce, salsa, and 1/2 of the canned olives. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes or so.

Transfer meat mixture to a 9×13 inch baking pan and smooth evenly. Spread 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese over the meat mixture and place tater tots in a single layer on top.

Bake in a 400° oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top casserole with remaining chopped tomato, remaining 1 cup shredded cheese, remaining sliced olives, and sliced scallions. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and casserole is bubbling.

Serve with additional topping ideas suggested above.

Notes

If you like your tacos with a bit of heat, choose “medium” or “hot” spiced salsa and green chiles instead of “mild.”

Nutrition

  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 2
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 23
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 17



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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.