Taco Tater Tots Casserole

"I found this on the Miserly Mom's website and have cooked many times - my family loves it - especially my 11 year old!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown ground beef and onion together in skillet.
  • drain.
  • Add taco seasoning and water and simmer according to package directions.
  • In a 13x9 casserole dish spread taco meat on bottom of pan.
  • Layer the corn on top of it.
  • Then place tater tots in a single layer on top of corn.
  • Spread the salsa con queso on top of everything.
  • Cook in preheated oven for about one hour.
  • Good with sourcream on top.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do you put frozen tater tots on top or do they need to be thawed first?
  2. Do you cook the corn before putting it in the dish?
  3. If I'm using homemade taco seasoning rather than packaged, how would I translate "simmer according to package directions"? Thanks!


  1. This is a nice twist on Tater-tot Casserole. It came together quickly and is a great dish. I did make a couple of changes based on the other reviews. I added a can of drained black beans, drained the corn and used regular salsa and a nice big scoop of nacho cheese. My tots were broccoli cheese tots. Delicious! DH is already asking me to make this again! Thanks Mary!
  2. My roommates and I made this last night. We decided it was just ok but could definitely be great with a few changes. We thought the dish would be over the top if the tater tots were crispy. Next time we'll put the salsa con queso over the meat & corn mixture and put the tater tots on top of that, keeping our eyes peeled to make sure they won't burn. I also thought it needed something to brighten up the flavor - maybe some cilantro or Rotel with lime. Thank you for posting. Can't wait to try it again with the changes.
  3. This has a great combination of tastes, although a little too spicy for my husband. I used a little over 2 lbs of meat as I doubled the recipe to make one for a new mom and her family. I didn't have enough meat for 2 13 X 9 casseroles and had to go down to a 5 X 9 for the 2nd container. I also used twice the tater tots called for to have a solid layer across the small and large container and that was with the tator tot laying on the long side. Corn and Queso were fine since I didn't have both 13 X 9 containers.
  4. This is a pretty darn good tater tot casserole recipe! I'm not a huge fan of the tater tot casseroles, but when I saw TACO flavored , I figured this was one I could deal with. I used an 11x7 pan , and also did as someone else suggested , put the tots on top so they'd be crunchier , rather than soggy. I put a plop of sour cream on my serving and I'm scarfing it up as I type this review. The more I eat , the more I like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :)
  5. WOW , This is good !! Even my picky DH loved it ab]nd said I could make it again ! I do think the 13x9 casserole dish is too large . I used an 11x7 , 2 quart casserole dish and it was just perfect !! The recipe does not say to drain the corn (I did) , otherwise I think there would have been too much liquid . This is VERY good and I will be sharing this one with all my friends at work !!! It is a great , easy to fix meal.


  1. I made the following tweaks: -Added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to the filling -Add a can of diced green chiles to the filling -Used grated pepper jack cheese instead of the salsa con queso -To get a crispy topping, I baked the casserole without the cheese for 20 minutes at 425. I then lowered the oven temperature to 375 and baked for another 20 minutes.
  2. I want to add shredded cheese on top... it can't hurt!
  3. I made a recipe similar to this before but instead of taco seasoned ground beef I made sloppy joes. It was pretty good and my kids loved it.
  4. I haven't tried this yet but I'm thinking about using Veggie Tots instead of Tater Tots to cut back on carbs. What do you think?
  5. A great and easy recipe! Nice change from slimy green beans in the regular version. My father and DH LOVED it! I used 1 cup frozen corn in place of the canned corn and I used 1/2 pkg of velveeta cheese and about 3/4 cup of salsa in place of the salsa con queso. Thanks for a great recipe.


Hi all. I'm a 42 year old mother of two girls in their lower 20's. I love trying new recipes and cooking. I also love God and am a deacon in the Presbyterian church.
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