Taco Tater Tot Hotdish
Nobody will even miss the taco shells in this Taco Tater Tot Hotdish when they see perfectly browned tater tots staring back at them, covered in melty cheese!
I always know when the season is changing from summer to fall. Our days dwindle in daylight and the temperatures start to fall. My body starts to crave more comfort foods, and we use the outdoor grill less and the oven and stove top more.
Now I’m not saying I’m a fan of leaving summer behind, because I’m definitely not. But I will admit to liking the comfort that a steaming hotdish brings to our table come fall and winter.
This Taco Tater Tot Hotdish is yet one more riff on my famous Tater Tot Hotdish (with and without canned soup) and its awesome follow-up recipe of Kicked-Up Tater Tot Hotdish. Only this newest recipe has a tomato base, which makes its flavor completely unlike the others. If you are a taco fan (aren’t we all?!), you’re going to love this Taco Tater Tot Hotdish!
* This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with Red Gold®.
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This Taco Tater Tot Hotdish is a meal that not only nourishes the body, but also the spirit. Tacos are always a favorite meal at our house, and the flavors transfer in a most excellent way to this hotdish. Nobody will even miss the taco shells when they see perfectly browned tater tots staring back at them, covered in melty cheese. Set out some sour cream and taco sauce, and dig in!
Taco Tater Tot Hotdish
Yield: 8 servings
- 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- half of a large yellow onion, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (1 to 1.25 oz.) package your favorite taco seasoning mix
- 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1 small can sliced black olives, drained, divided
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 12 oz. shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
- 1 (28 to 32 oz.) package frozen tater tots
- Optional toppings and condiments: chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, sliced black olives, taco sauce, sour cream
Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a 9" x 13" inch baking dish, or a dish of similar size, with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Heat a large skillet to medium to medium-high heat. Add ground beef, red pepper, onion, and garlic, and cook while breaking the beef into small crumbles. Cook until beef is browned completely, about 10 minutes. Drain off any excess drippings. Add taco seasoning mix, black beans, corn, and most of the black olives (reserve a few slices of black olives for sprinkling over the top before serving) to the beef mixture. Then fold in both cans of Red Gold tomatoes (do not drain). Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold in 8 ounces of the shredded cheese and then transfer the mixture to prepared baking dish, spreading mixture into an even layer. Add tater tots to top and sprinkle them with a bit of kosher salt.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hotdish is thoroughly heated. Then turn on broiler and place hotdish under broiler, turning regularly to brown the tater tots as evenly as possible. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle remaining 4 ounces shredded cheese over the browned tater tots. Broil for another minute or so, until cheese is melted and a bit blistered from the heat. Remove from oven and top with chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and reserved sliced black olives, if desired. Serve with additional taco condiments, such as sour cream and taco sauce, if you like.
from a farmgirl's dabbles
Be sure to check out the other tasty recipes I have created using Red Gold tomatoes…
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