Simple Taco Tot Casserole. If I am being perfectly honest, I have not had a tater tot casserole since I was a little kid. Nothing against them, I just haven’t made one as an adult?? Not sure why, because I freaking love tots! They always remind me of Napoleon Dynamite. Have you seen this movie? If not, you should check it out!
The beauty of this dish is just how simple it is! With only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand, this dish will be ready in no time. This is a ground beef-based dish, if you aren’t a meat-eater, just use all black beans. Start by browning your beef. I used ground beef from some of my favorite ranchers- Bingham Beef. They ship nationwide!
Brown the beef and add in your black beans.
A lot of the flavor in this dish come from the enchilada sauce and salsa used. I told you, this is so simple!
Now the meat is cooked, it is time to assemble. Place your seasoned meat and bean dish in a 9×13 dish. Sprinkle with a little pepper jack cheese. This is optional, but really good.
Next, line the top with tater tots. Don’t skimp here. Make sure those babies are close together.
Bake until it is hot and bubbly. This won’t take long as the filling is already hot and ready to go. It is a matter of just cooking the tots on top.
Top with your favorite taco toppings. I started with a good base of lettuce and red onions.
Tomatoes are a must. Well, for me anyway. I know it evokes some strong feeling in people who dislike tomatoes.
Last is olives, cilantro, and avocados. I added sour cream on the table for serving as well. Toppins are all based on preferences of course, so use what you like.
A really great thing about this casserole is it is perfect for meal prep. You can easily make this dish ahead of time. It holds well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Then cook when you are ready. You can also make this ahead of time and freeze. Then, bring to room temp and bake. If you are planning on freezing I would say don’t add in the cheese. I think it bakes a little weird after being frozen. That might just be me though?