John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

RECIPE: Tater Tot Taco Bake

I've mentioned before that I think scaling recipes down to a size that's appropriate for a single guy is a hassle and generally not worth the effort. I mean, I think the Tater Tot Taco Bake recipe below sounds pretty good (except for the black olives), but the idea of reducing it by a third? Not so much. I'd much rather eat the same thing for lunch every day for a week than, say, measure out ⅓ of a can of enchilada sauce and then figure out what to do with the remaining ⅔.

Incidentally, if you think this is little more than a lazy way of making a post today, good call. I mean, it also makes it easier for me to track down in the future, but the lazy part is true too. I can't spend all my time calling out U.S. Senators for sophistry and charlatanism.

Tater Tot Taco Bake


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 small can black olives (sliced)
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen corn
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies (diced and drained)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (10.5 ounce fluid ounce) can enchilada sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add ground beef, garlic, and onion and cook while breaking the meat apart with a spoon or spatula until the ground beef is completely browned. Drain off any excess fat. Add taco seasoning mix, green chilies, frozen corn, and black beans to the ground beef. Cook until heated through.

In a large bowl combine ground beef mixture, ¾ of the Mexican cheese blend, and all of the tater tots. Stir well to combine.

Pour about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the tater tot mixture to the baking dish and lightly pat the mixture down into a solid, even layer. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tater tots.

Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking, top the casserole with the remaining Mexican cheese blend and the sliced black olives. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Recipe via Lori Gilbert ~Pampered Chef (R) Independent Consultant~ on Facebook

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