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 beef
  • 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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kat83 User ID: 2934264 210472
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.."

MommyAustin User ID: 6342491 104048
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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