Taco Tater Tot Casserole

If you have been following Served Up With Love for a while then you already know how much our family eats taco inspired meals. What is funny is that when we just eat tacos for dinner we always have tater tots to go with them. I am not sure why but it just works. So for years now I have been thinking of combining the two into one dish but just never took the step to do it. 

When I was pregnant with our daughter all I craved was Mexican food. I really think I ate something Mexican inspired every day. Still 9 years later I still stop and pay attention whenever I see a Mexican inspired dish. Wouldn't you know it, tacos are my daughters favorite food. Do you think I had something to do with that? 

When our son was little he was super picky. When I say picky, I mean he ate like 5 different foods for years. I used to think how in the world is this child going to thrive off of chicken nuggets. It drove me absolutely crazy. Once he hit puberty it was a different story. One of the first things different he tried was tacos and he instantly fell in love. This kid couldn't get enough to eat.  If it wasn't nailed down to the floor, he was eating it. It is funny to look back and think about how picky he was. Now he is quite the foodie and probably has tried more different things than I have, and he is only 19.  His version of tacos is what I call lazy tacos. He takes the taco shells, crush them up and then add all the toppings, sort of like nachos. Very rarely does he eat a taco put together. 

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:


  1. This looks and sounds so yummy! I would love to have you join our Cooking and Crafting with J & J link up we host on Mondays!
    Julie xo

  2. We love tater tot casserole! I've never seen a version like yours before, I'm gonna have to try it!

  3. Thanks Ladies,

    This recipe has been living in my head for quite a while. I am so glad I decided to make it because we love it. Hope you get to try it and love as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This looks so, so fabulous! Oh my goodness, I'm starting to drool just thinking about it.


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