Tex-Mex Tater Tot Casserole

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Tex-Mex Tater Tot Casserole

Tex–Mex Tater Tot Casserole

2 lbs ground beef, cooked

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 package taco seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 can black beans

1 can Rotel

1/2–1 cup salsa verde

1 can corn, drained

16 oz bag frozen tater tots

2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (Mexican blend is great)

Chopped black olives to garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

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In a large pot (dutch oven preferred) brown ground beef with onion and minced garlic. Drain fat if desired. Add taco seasoning, salt and pepper, black beans, Rotel, salsa verde, and corn. Let simmer to allow flavors to blend.

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Pour tater tots into greased pan into a mostly single layer. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired. Pour meat mixture over the tots, top with cheese and bake covered in foil for 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before serving with sour cream and tortilla chips and topped with chopped black olives(if desired).

Take care, this casserole will weigh a ton as you pull it out of the oven! I sat it on the stove top with a resounding “thud”. But it is a delicious casserole, quick to put together and clean up was easy! Just threw the baking pan away and had a single cook pot to clean. Leftovers went into the freezer, heating up is a cinch. Just place a portioned amount into the microwave safe bowl, cover with a paper towel and cook on high for 2 minutes. Stir in any leftover frosty bits, reheat again if you want it piping hot and enjoy! You could definitely serve this with a side salad, Spanish rice and would be a hit at your next social/get together! Hope you all enjoy!!!

Happy Eating

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