This recipe couldn't be any easier. Brown your ground beef in a skillet and drain the drippings. Add in a can of refried beans along with taco seasoning and water. Mix until combined and warm.
Spread the meat and bean mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Then add a layer of crushed corn chips. I add these into a zip top storage bag and take out my frustrations with a rolling pin. It is just more fun that way.
Next, add a layer of sour cream. I used a 16 oz container and found it was a little too much. If you prefer a lot of sour cream, just go for it.
Next add a layer of tater tots. I partially thawed them so they did not take as long to bake. Crispy crowns would work well for this too.
Next add a layer of cheddar cheese. I prefer sharp cheddar but it is really your preference.
Taco Tater Tot Casserole
1 lb ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 16 oz can of refried beans
2 cups of crushed corn chips
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 bag of tater tots
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain the drippings. Add a packet of taco seasoning along with the water called for on the package. Add the can of refried beans and cook until combined. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
Spread the ground beef mixture on the bottom. Crush the corn chips and add a layer on top of the meat/bean mixture. Next add a layer of sour cream. Then a layer of tater tots followed by the shredded cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until tater tots are browned. Careful not to burn the cheese.
You might also like these taco inspired dishes:
Tena's Taco Dip
And of course here is another tater tot casserole: