I grew up on Tater Tot Casseroles as a kid. I preferred mine made with Cream of Celery soup, but Cream of Mushroom worked too. I was never a fan of Cream of Chicken – yuck.

But I’ve grown up and so have my tastes and I no longer eat Cream of anything soup unless I make it myself. Plus, have you looked at what they make Tater Tots out of? I thought I was done with those too until I discovered a brand without all of the junk.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Mexican Style

Tater Tot Casserole – Mexican Style

So tonight I made a Mexican Tater Tot Casserole for the hubby. I combined his favorite taco fillings – ground beef, onion, taco seasoning, black olives, black beans, and a 3-blend “Mexican” cheese and topped it with Tater Tots. If you’re from the Northwest, it’s my ode to Taco Time and their Mexi-fries.

This is so easy to make and can even be made ahead of time and frozen or assemble it the day before and bake it the next night for dinner.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Mexican Style
A Mexican twist on the standard tater tot casserole
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¼ diced white onion
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning (or ¼ cup homemade)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz can black beans (drained & rinsed) or one cup homemade
  • 2.25 oz Sliced black olives
  • 2 cups Mexican-style shredded cheese
  • 16oz tater tots (Cascade Farms Spud Puppies)
  • Serve with sour cream if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray a casserole dish.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Drain fat from pan if necessary.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Cook until warmed through.
  4. Pour the meat mixture into the bottom of your prepared casserole dish.
  5. Layer black beans then cheese and top with frozen tater tots
  6. Salt and pepper the potato layer and; press the top lightly to compact the casserole
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crispy.

Did you grow up eating Tater Tot Casserole? I’m curious if it’s a regional thing.