Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
There's something about the combo of these two fast food favorites. However, when you're scraping up pennies to afford rent, eating out isn't an option. This dish is affordable and great because you can make two and freeze one. Also, you can make this a Chili dog and tots casserole by adding bite-sized hot dog pieces to the chili and serving with buns.
- 1 lb ground beef (optional)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans chili without beans
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 (32 ounce) bag tater tots
- Cook the beef and drain.
- Stir in the chili and heat through.
- Pour into 2 8" sprayed square baking dishes.
- Sprinkle with the cheese and top with the tater tots.
- Cover and freeze one casserole for up to three months.
- Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
- To use the frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hrs or until heated through.
I know Amy will not see this, but I wanted to rate it anyways. This was a wonderful dish we all loved it, it does taste like a fast food favorite of ours, but easier on the budget. Amy, I am sorry I never got to meet you, I think it is wonderful that you live on through your cooking. I will continue rating all of your recipes that I try. Thanks for this, I will be making it again!
You can take your own leftover chili, as long as you have about 2 1/2 - 3 pounds left. (If you only have 1 1/2 pounds, make one casserole.) Of simply make enough chili to equal this recipe.I only say this, because my husband loves making chili once/month, then freezing the left-overs. This gives us other options!
I love that meat is added to this. Of course, if you had a chili with lots of beans, it would accomplish the same goal, but the meat keeps it from being "too much" on the chili side, for lack of a better explanation. There's not the usual chili overkill that some recipes with canned chili have. The best part was that it was so easy, dh threw it together in no time flat, without leaving me a zillion dirty dishes in the sink. :)
I subbed ground turkey, as usual, and I actually used 1 1/2 lbs, since that's what I had handy. I also had dh just use one 9x13 instead of two 8x8 pans. I didn't make the extra one to freeze. I love that I normally have most of the ingredients on hand, so this can be thrown together at the last minute. Keeper for us!