Nacho Tots Recipe
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This is an easy, versatile party appetizer that everyone loves. If you can't find chorizo, ground beef or ground chicken are great too. Top with anything you like!
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots
  • 7 ounces fresh chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 12 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Place Tater Tots in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Remove from pan and set aside. In same skillet, add diced tomatoes and cheese. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until blended and cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over Tater Tots. Sprinkle with chorizo and black beans.
Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes. Sprinkle with jalapenos, cilantro and green onions. Top with avocado and tomato. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 12 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Process cheese melts like a dream; we have a special place in our hearts for the stuff. But if Velveeta's nostalgic charm is lost on you, just substitute an equal amount of another nice melting cheese like Monterey Jack or cheddar.
  • Don't skimp on the bake time. You want the tots ultra crispy to stand up to the toppings.
  • When you're shopping for tomatoes out of season, buy vine-ripened ones if you can find them. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful than other kinds. Otherwise, use halved cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • Originally published as Nacho Tots in Holiday 13x9 2016, p9

    Nutritional Facts

    1 serving: 378 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1152mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 13g protein.

    • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots
    • 7 ounces fresh chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
    • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
    • 12 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
    • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno slices
    • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
    • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1 medium ripe avocado, cubed
    • 1 medium tomato, chopped
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place Tater Tots in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Remove from pan and set aside. In same skillet, add diced tomatoes and cheese. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until blended and cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over Tater Tots. Sprinkle with chorizo and black beans.
    3. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes. Sprinkle with jalapenos, cilantro and green onions. Top with avocado and tomato. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 12 servings.

    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Process cheese melts like a dream; we have a special place in our hearts for the stuff. But if Velveeta's nostalgic charm is lost on you, just substitute an equal amount of another nice melting cheese like Monterey Jack or cheddar.
  • Don't skimp on the bake time. You want the tots ultra crispy to stand up to the toppings.
  • When you're shopping for tomatoes out of season, buy vine-ripened ones if you can find them. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful than other kinds. Otherwise, use halved cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • Originally published as Nacho Tots in Holiday 13x9 2016, p9

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    bonito15 User ID: 6959830 274665
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2017

    "My husband hates tater tots, I think just the name, so I cooked them then mashed them down so they didn't look like what they are cooked it all, did not use Velveeta, but used pepper jack cheese and it was a huge hit. Made this for the Bears/Packers football game and was almost gone before I could get a taste."

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    angela32 User ID: 3084463 274597
    Reviewed Sep. 28, 2017

    "My guys loved this, in fact they devoured the entire 9x13 pan for dinner! I did change one ingredient because I don't care for velvetta, so I used grated cheddar cheese. Since I used grated cheese I had to change the assembly, but still used the same ingredients. Instead of melting the cheese into the rotel, I added the rotel and beans to the chorizo. After the tots were done baking, I sprinkled on some of the cheese, then the chorizo mixture, finally the rest of the cheese on top. It was delicious! I was told not to lose the recipe :D"

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