This Taco Casserole Is Made of Dreams (and Tater Tots)

Published On 01/24/2017 Published On 01/24/2017

Tater Tot Taco Casserole


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ears of corn, roasted on stove
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 (28-ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • Toppings: olives, cilantro, sour cream, tomatoes


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a 9x13-inch baking pan or dish with cooking spray. For extra crispy tater tots, bake tater tots for about 10 minutes while preparing the beef mixture; otherwise, prepare them as follows.
  • In a large skillet, brown the beef and the onion. Add the garlic towards the end of the browning process and cook for 1 minute. Drain.
  • Add the green chilies, taco seasoning mix, black beans, corn, and 2 cups of the cheese. Stir together to combine.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared 9x13 pan or dish. Arrange tater tots on top of the mixture in a single layer.
  • Pour the enchilada sauce on top of the casserole as evenly as you can.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until tater tots are nice and crispy. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top and place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Top with olives, cilantro, sour cream, and tomatoes. Serve immediately.