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Cheesy Chili Tots Recipe
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Cheesy Chili Tots Recipe

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Cook once and eat twice with this hearty Southwestern casserole. With help from a few convenience products, it quickly goes together before you freeze it or pop it into the oven to bake.—Linda Baldwin, Long Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) chili with beans
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the chili, tomato sauce, olives and chilies. Transfer to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese; top with Tater Tots. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
  2. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  3. To use frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until heated through. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Originally published as Cheesy Chili Tots in Comfort Food Classics 2009 2008, p42

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"This was ok, not sure what I was expecting but I prob wont make again, loved the tater tots when I got a bite of em w the mix, but not the mix alone if that makes sense.."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"My husband LOVED this casserole! It's like eating chili cheese fries, but better! We weren't sure about the olives, but they were a nice addition! I added 1/4 cup chopped onion to the meat while browning. DELICIOUS! A true comfort food!"

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