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Taco Tater Tot Casserole

This taco Tater Tot casserole is a party in the mouth. In fact, it’s so flavor-packed that every time it’s served, it feels like a celebration. And it is!

Wake Up Your Taste Buds with a Mexican-Style Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot casserole with avocado and salsa

Although this is a dish I like to cook when our taste buds need awakening, it’s perfect for special occasions.

Some people call this a Mexican Tater Tot casserole and eat it to celebrate south-of-the-border holidays.

Basically, everyone in the family will feel like they won a prize when you serve it. It’s that good!

Tater Tots are one of those foods that bring you back to your childhood. At least, that’s how they affect me.

Of course, I checked the loot after my mom grocery shopped. I’ll never forget those times when I spotted these delicious little barrels of deliciousness in the freezer.


You’ll need one pound of beef cut into small pieces. One thing you can do is to purchase a roast and cut it yourself.

Or you can save time and buy it already cut. If you can’t find it already packaged, by all means, ask your butcher to cut a roast for you.

Tater Tots, cheese, taco seasoning, and beef

In addition to the beef, you need Tater Tots, taco seasoning, beef broth, cheese, and water. You can add other things for flavor or garnish if you want.

My husband and I like jalapeños on ours. Additionally, we like a side of avocado.

How to Make a Taco Tater Tot Casserole

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

First, bake the Tater Tots according to the directions on the package. While they’re cooking, brown the beef in a skillet. Add the taco seasoning and water.

Browning the beef in a skillet

After the Tater Tots are done, spoon the seasoned beef over them.

Spooning the beef over the cooked Tater Tots

Next, pour a small amount of beef broth over them and then sprinkle with cheese.

Cheese sprinkled over Tater Tot taco casserole

The amount of cheese listed in the recipe card is basically a suggestion. You can put as much or as little cheese as you want.

Finally, return the casserole to the oven and bake until it’s done and the cheese is melted.

Plate of Tater Tot taco casserole with avocado slices and salsa

I served it with avocado slices and salsa. However, you may want to add a side salad or other vegetables.

If you decide to serve a side salad, you might want to use the avocado in the dressing. In fact, you can mash the avocado in some ranch dressing for a new flavor sensation.

Or you can mix some ranch dressing with a tablespoon of salsa. It’s delicious.

More Recipes

I enjoy cooking with Tater Tots because who doesn’t love them? Another dish we enjoy with these delectable little potato bites is this hamburger Tater Tot casserole.

Or if you’re looking for a delicious breakfast dish, check out this breakfast Tater Tot casserole. You can’t go wrong with either of these! And you definitely won’t be hungry when you get up from the table.

If you enjoy discovering new recipes as much as I do, check out my friend Julie’s food blog, Back to My Southern Roots. She has a ton of delicious recipes that’ll send your taste buds into orbit!

This recipe is shared at Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 8 servings

Tater Tot Taco Casserole

Tater Tot taco casserole with slices of avocado and salsa

This Tater Tot taco casserole is a party for the taste buds.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound of beef cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups of Tater Tots
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of beef broth
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup of water


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the inside of a 7”x11” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Line the bottom of the baking dish with the Tater Tots.
    3. Bake as directed on the package.
    4. While the Tater Tots are baking, brown the beef.
    5. Drain the beef and add the taco seasoning and water. Mix well and cook until the water evaporates.
    6. After the Tater Tots are done, remove them from the oven.
    7. Top them with the seasoned beef. Pour the beef broth over the beef and Tater Tots.
    8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
    9. Bake for 20 minutes.


You may add other toppings, such as chopped jalapeno peppers, sliced olives, or chopped onions to the beef before you add the cheese.

Garnish with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado slices, olives, or whatever you want.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 318Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 63mgSodium 458mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 19g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Your Tater Tot Taco Casserole looks amazing, we will love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday,465 and hope you are having a great week! Miz Helen

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