This is an easy, versatile party appetizer that everyone loves. If you can't find chorizo, ground beef or ground chicken are wonderful, too. Top with anything you like! —Connie Krupp, Racine, Wisconsin
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
12 ounces 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
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.
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.