Taco Tater Tot Casserole!

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Tater Tot Taco Casserole is going to be your new favorite way to enjoy taco night!

This easy casserole has layers ground beef and veggies topped with Tater Tots & cheese.

Once this Taco Tater Tot Casserole is baked and bubbly we top with with our favorite taco toppings to make this a meal that the entire family loves!

Taco Tater Tot Casserole served in a white casserole dish

There’s a good reason my kids have dubbed this the BEST Tater Tot Casserole!

This was so easy to make (yay for me) and a HUGE hit with the family… even with little Miss I-don’t-like-melted-cheese-lasagna-casseroles-or-spaghetti. (Double yay for me)!

In fact, she had two helpings!

This cheesy tater tot casserole is made with veggies (like peppers and corn) with a zesty beefy taco inspired sauce and it is super easy to make!

The whole thing is crowned with Tater Tots and baked until they’re golden and crispy on top…  adding the sauce and cheese at the very end keeps them from getting soggy as they do with some casseroles!

Taco Tater Tot Casserole served on a small white plate and garnished with tomato, lettuce and sour cream

How Do You Make Tater Tot Casserole?

I’ve been making Tater Tot Casserole for as long as I can remember.

It’s almost like shepherd’s pie in a way with a saucy meaty layer, a potato layer (tater tots in this case) and a bit of cheese all baked until bubbly and hot!

This recipe starts with a layer of seasoned lean beef (I usually use a Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe). I then add in either frozen (or fresh) veggies and sometimes beans.  This helps stretch out the meal and is the perfect way to use up any veggies I have in the fridge.

While this is Taco inspired, you can mix in any sauce from mushroom soup to gravy (or in this case, a delicious taco inspired mixture). We’ve even made an awesome Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole!

Allowing the tater tots to cook for a while first (before adding the final toppings/cheese) helps to keep them crisp and delicious!

Taco Tater Tot Casserole in a large casserole dish

Are hash browns and tater tots the same thing?

While they’re not technically the same thing, you can certainly use either for this tater tot casserole (or even sub in mashed potatoes if you have them on hand)!

We serve this with a deliciously fresh Cucumber Avocado Salad for a perfect weeknight meal!

As far as we’re concerned, you can’t go wrong with any Mexican inspired dish in my house.

The zesty seasonings in the meat, baked with cheese until bubbly and hot and an array of fresh crisp toppings!  Add whatever your toppings you love, we usually do sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes but this is great with jalapenos, avocados and of course more cheese!

Taco Tater Tot Casserole
5 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex Mex
Tater Tot Taco Casserole! This easy casserole has layers ground beef and veggies topped with Tater Tots & cheese. It’s one dish we just can’t get enough of!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix low sodium
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce divided
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups bell pepper red, yellow or green, diced
  • 1 12 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 16 oz frozen tater tots
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado Slices

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in taco seasoning, 1/2 cup water, 2/3 cup enchilada sauce, corn, bell pepper & beans. Cook until thickened (about 5 minutes).
  • Pour beef mixture into a 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese and arrange tater tots on top.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Combine salsa and remaining 1/3 cup enchilada sauce. Spread over tater tots and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted & bubbly.
  • Serve with desired toppings

Nutrition Information

Calories: 492, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 993mg, Potassium: 670mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1510IU, Vitamin C: 45.3mg, Calcium: 344mg, Iron: 3.2mg
Keyword Tater Tot Casserole

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Taco Tater Tot Casserole garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream

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  1. I made this casserole for my family last night and they all had seconds! I love how the tater tots stay crispy. Yum!5 stars

  2. The only cheese I put on mine is some ontop after the casserole has cooked then I add a little cheese then put back in oven till cheese has melted ..

  3. This is seriously so good! Thank you for this recipe! Do you happen to know if I could freeze it and then take it to someone and they could just re-warm it in the oven? Would this work? Thanks again for the amazing recipe-definitely the best tater tot casserole I’ve ever had!5 stars

    1. Yes, this recipe can be frozen. I would suggest defrosting in the fridge overnight and baking as directed. I’m so glad you loved it Jenni!

  4. This was sooo good. I didn’t put the beans in the dish, I replaced it with cilantro and topped it with sour cream, black olives, tomato and avocado. Yum. I’m definitely making this again. My boyfriend love it.5 stars

  5. I made this tonight and it was so easy and DELICIOUS!! I used 24 oz of tater tots and cooked them for 10 min before hand to get them a little crispier. I also used 1.5 lb of lean ground beef. I left out the olives but topped it with sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes. It was as pretty as the picture. There were six adults and we had plenty with just a tiny bit of leftovers. I served it with a salad and corn bread.5 stars

    1. I have only used the red enchilada sauce. Let us know how you like it if you try a green one April!

  6. This was a recipe that I did not feel the need to tweak one bit, so this review is tried and true. After looking at a few other taco tater tot casserole recipes, I settled on this one, because I liked all of the ingredients, and it just made sense. I was not disappointed! My grandson, who is somewhat picky, loved it, as I did, as well. I will be making this for the other grands as well! Thank u for this awesome recipe, and this grandma is not a fan of tater tots. :)5 stars

    1. You’re welcome Iris! I’m glad you hear that your grandchildren enjoyed the casserole, but even more glad to hear that you did!

  7. Sounds like this recipe would be gluten free? Your opinion? I am not gluten-free myself, but frequently cook for others who are. Thanks!

    1. I can’t say for certain because I don’t live a gluten free lifestyle. You’d want to check the ingredients, especially the seasoning mix, enchilada sauce and tater tots to be sure they’re gluten free. Perhaps some other readers may be able to help!

      1. This was delicious! I made it last night with Tater Tots for just me, and then made it tonight for a larger group with hash browns (gluten free). McCormick makes a gluten free taco seasoning and it wasn’t too difficult to find an enchilada sauce that didn’t include gluten. Had several requests for the recipe. Topped it with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and avocado. Yum!

        1. Thank you for sharing your results! I’m so happy to hear that it worked for you and that you loved it!

  8. Honestly with recipes you find online its a toss up on whether or not you’re going to like them or not.. I can say that this one was not a disappointment!! my family absolutely loved this dish and i will make it many more times in the future!5 stars

  9. Made it for supper for my family of eight and we all loved it! Didn’t have enchilada sauce so i added 2/3c taco sauce & 1/3c salsa. So delicious! Will definitely make again5 stars

  10. I brought the Mexican Tater tot casserole to a pot luck today.  Everyone loved it.   Recipe has been shared with everyone there

  11. Loved this recipe and so did our kids who don’t love casseroles. My daughter also doesn’t love melted cheese so we just left her portions without. We made it with 1.5lbs ground beef, and the full package of an almost two pound bag of Tator Tots in a 9×13 pan. We left out the onion, and used red, mild enchilada sauce. Topped it with the suggested fresh ingredients here as well as black olives – will definitely make this again! Thank you.

  12. Made this taco tater tot casserole tonight, 3 words… O.M.G. !!!

    You can put this in a soft shell, corn shell, eat it out of the dish, it doesn’t matter, it’s amazing and simple.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe !!!

  13. Boyfriend doesn’t like a lot of sauce on things, he asked if it would work to leave the salsa on the side and he can put how much he wants..would that work for this recipe? Just making sure, I’m gonna try making this tonight for the very first time! Hopefully it will turn out for me! :) please let me know!

  14. Holy smokes! This was the BEST recipe I ever made from online and I use a lot of online recipes. I modified it using Trader Joe’s vegetarian ground beef and used Trader Joe’s Hatch Valley Green Chili Salsa. Orange Bell Peppers make a huge difference as well. This one is a keeper I will be making for many years to come. Thank you for sharing your recipe to such a delicious meal.

  15. This was wonderful! I used chili beans because I didn’t have the black beans (and I don’t like them). Really really good.

  16. I made this last night and loved it. I put 1/2 the salsa in with the ground beef mixture before baking and used an entire 32 oz. bag of tater tops on top . Turned out delicious and easily made 8 generous portions with the addition of more tater tots. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe!

  17. This sounds and looks great. We’re having a family potluck soon and I think this would be just the thing to make! Thanks!

    1. As written the recipe feeds 8. For 60 children and 12 adults I would think you would want to make 8x the recipe. Depending on the dish size, the cooking time would most likely have to be increased as well.

  18. I see someone else already mentioned the lack of nutritional info so I wont beat a dead horse..lol
    But since you mentioned that you yourself use the myftnesspal.com site for that info for yourself… I was wondering if perhaps you knew the carb count per serving for this recipe. And what a serving size consisted of.. you know, is it a cup or like a square or ?
    I am diabetic so have to count every carb and when I find such yummy sounding recipes but they don’t have the nutrition info its just way too much work and too depressing to have to run over to some site and try to input all the ingredients. I use http://www.sparkpeople.com or http://www.sparkrecipe.com if you are looking for alternative sites.
    Thanks for the recipe, sounds so good it made my eyes water..lol

  19. I love your recipes but wish that you would also have the calories and nutritional information with them, as I have to be careful what I eat.

    1. Unfortunately I am not a nutritionist so I can’t provide nutritional information. There are lots of great sites where you can plug in the ingredients and get nutritional info. One I like to use is myfitnesspal.com I hope that helps. :)

  20. I am going to try this recipe with enchilada sauce instead of salsa. I have also made this without taco seasoning & used a cream of celery soup (or what ever kind of “cream of” soup you want) poured over the tater tots. It’s delish!

  21. Hello,
    Can anybody tell me what “tater tots” are? I’m from Belgium and even the translator doesn’t know what it means….

  22. I started making this before I realized I had no toco seasoning so I used chili seasoning and chili beans instead of the black beans. It was so good!

  23. Yum :) Made this after seeing it on your blog. I made a few changes (no olives and I got rid of the salsa because I really don’t like it much) and it’s still really tasty. I’d suggest a little more taco seasoning if you forgo the salsa though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m so glad it worked out for you! :) It’s a nice easy dish and I love that you were able to make it your own!