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Tater Taco Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

Updated: Jan. 25, 2023
Our family lives and works on a ranch. I like to fix this nicely seasoned taco Tater Tot casserole ahead of time and freeze it for later use. It's good with a tossed salad or nacho chips and dip. —Ronna Lewis, Plains, Kansas
Tater Taco Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed fiesta nacho cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots
  • Optional: fresh cilantro leaves, diced tomatoes, sour cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in corn and soup.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Arrange Tater Tots in a single layer over the top. Bake, uncovered, until potatoes are crispy and golden brown, 30-35 minutes. If desired, top with cilantro, tomatoes and sour cream.
Taco Tater Tot Casserole Tips

What else can you add to taco Tater Tot casserole?

You can add whatever toppings you love, as you would to a taco! Keep it traditional by adding thinly sliced jalapenos for a fresh kick. And if you're feeling adventurous, sub out the ground beef for our slow-cooker barbacoa.

Can you make taco Tater Tot casserole ahead of time?

This dish is the perfect addition to your meal plan. Simply prepare this recipe up until it'd go in the oven, then cover and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When it's time to serve, thaw it overnight in the fridge or put it directly in the oven from the freezer. A thawed casserole can bake according to the recipe, whereas a frozen casserole will need a little extra time in the oven.

How long will leftovers of taco Tater Tot casserole last?

Store the cooked casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you want to reheat the entire casserole, cover the baking dish with foil, then bake at 350°F until heated through, about 30 minutes. Check out more make-ahead casseroles for your next meal!

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 489 calories, 27g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 1384mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.

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