Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tator Tot Taco Bake
Before I retired, I liked to prepare this nicely seasoned casserole ahead of time and freeze it for later use. It's pairs well with a nice tossed green salad.
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion (diced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 small can black olives (sliced)
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen corn
1 (4 ounce) can green chilies (diced and drained)
1 (12 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (16 ounce) bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater tots
1 (10.5 ounce fluid ounce) can enchilada sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray a 913 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Heat a skillet to medium high heat.
4. Add ground beef, garlic, and onion and cook while breaking the meat apart with a spoon or spatula until the ground beef is completely browned. Drain off any excess fat.
5. Add taco seasoning mix, green chilies, frozen corn, and black beans to the ground beef. Cook until heated through.
6. In a large bowl combine ground beef mixture, half of the Mexican cheese blend, and all of the tater tots.
7. Stir well to combine.
8. Pour about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
9. Add the tater tot mixture to the baking dish and lightly pat the mixture down into a solid, even layer.
10. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tater tots.
11. Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking, top the casserole with the remaining Mexican cheese blend and the sliced black olives. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.