Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Taco Tot Hot Dish

     Taco Tot Hot Dish is the perfect throw it together casserole for your family. Make it as spicy or mild as you prefer by controlling the heat of the salsa and taco seasoning you use. Tater Tots top this taco goodness to make one savory meal. Tater Tot topped Taco in a one big casserole? Yes Please!
   
     I will be making this Taco Tot Hot Dish again soon. With only two of us in the house, I am double pleased by the fact that this makes great left overs too. Always a great lunch to quickly heat up when I'm busy. I may even try Taco Tot Hot Dish as a freezer meal for post pregnancy.

     Another thing I love about hot dishes in general, is that once you put it together, you have time to clean up your mess before it's done baking. That way you can just relax after dinner with no mess to clean up on a full stomach.




Taco Tot Hot Dish
You can  make this as spicy or mild as you wish. I used spicy taco seasoning and spicy salsa because I like things to pack some heat.

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef
16oz bag of frozen corn
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 1/3 c chunky salsa - (I used Pace brand, medium heat)
28 oz bag of frozen tater tots - (I used Ore Ida Extra Crisp Tater Tots)
8 oz bag of Mexican Cheddar Pepper Jack Shredded Cheese
1oz packet of taco seasoning (I used hot and spicy)
1 c diced onion
1 lrg clove of garlic minced
15oz can black beans rinsed and drained

*Optional - sour cream, diced tomatoes, olives, and extra salsa to top if you wish

Directions
-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
-Spray a 9x13 baking dish with Pam
-Brown the lean ground beef in a pan as you would to make tacos.
-Add the onion and garlic in with the beef before the beef is done so that it sautes and cooks a bit with
 the meat.
-If you did not use lean meat, drain the fat off of the meat.
-Add the taco seasoning, frozen corn, green chilies, and rinsed/drained black beans to the meat. Stir
 and heat through.
-Once heated through, transfer to a large bowl. Add the cheese and 1/2 the frozen tater tots. Stir.
-Pour 1/3 of the salsa into the bottom of the sprayed 9x13. Spread evenly across the bottom of the pan.
-Pour the tater tot mixture into the pan over the salsa. Spread evenly and pat down lightly with the
 spatula.
-Place remaining frozen tater tots over that.
-Spoon the remaining salsa over the top of the tots.
-Place uncovered in the oven for 45 minutes or until bubbly and tater tots are done.

*Optional - Sprinkle with extra cheese and black olives, and pop back in oven for about 5 minutes to melt cheese.



2 comments:

  1. Great recipe! I took it to work for food day and all of my co-workers raved about it! Thanks for posting!

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    1. Brittany,
      I am so glad they enjoyed it! Thank You for your feedback. I bet it would be a good freezer meal as well.

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