Super Kid-Friendly Taco Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

If you are looking for kid-friendly casseroles, we have the best solution ever with this taco tater tot casserole recipe.  Filled with favorite flavors and made just the right amount of spicy, the entire family will love this easy dinner solution that works even for busy weeknights.

My family loves this yummy Tater Tot Casserole, so I thought I’d try whipping up a Mexican food version, which is this Taco Tater Tot Casserole recipe.

Mexican tater tot casserole in a white dish served with fresh vegetables on a bright white background.
Taco Tater Tot Casserole is a unique twist on our favorite taco casserole. It’s a great dish to serve with kids!

How to Make Taco Tater Tot Casserole

When it comes to easy recipes, this is the best! You only need six ingredients to make it, and then any toppings that you’d normally put on your tacos.

My kids adore this Taco Tater Tot Casserole. The first time I made it, they each gave it two thumbs up!

This delicious tater tot taco dish is now our go-to comfort food on cold nights. It’s sure to warm you up, too. It doesn’t take much planning or prep work, and this tater taco casserole is so quick and easy that it’s perfect for a busy fall or winter night –where you’re juggling homework, soccer practice, and piano lessons.

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A pot of cooked ground beef, along with dishes of grated cheese and corn, a colander with beans and a packet of taco seasoning -- all laid out on a white kitchen countertop.
Everything you need to make yummy Mexican tater tot casserole!

Ingredients Needed

A pot of cooked ground beef, corn, beans, and cheese -- the beginnings of a taco casserole -- sitting atop a white kitchen counter with a colorful towel underneath the pot.
Doesn’t this look so yummy?! Now it’s time to combine everything to create the first layer of the taco tater tot casserole.

Instructions

Step 1

Start by browning your ground beef (or ground turkey) in a medium pan over high heat.

Once the meat is completely browned, mix in your taco seasoning and water and simmer for five minutes.

A white 9x13 dish filled with a mixture of cooked ground beef, cheese, beans, and corn.
Layer 1 of the taco tater to casserole is done!

Step 2

Next, mix in your corn, 2 cups of cheese, and black beans before spreading into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.

A layer of tater tots have been sprinkled atop the tater tot casserole, which sits in a white 9x13 pan with a colorful towel underneath.
Tots and more tots — what’s not to like in this taco tater tot casserole!

Step 3

Top with tater tots. This is the part my kids like the best. We’re combining two of their favorite things — tacos and tater tots. 

A white 9x13 pan filled with tater tot taco casserole, and the cheese has melted onto the tater tots.
This taco tater tot casserole is fresh out of the oven, and the melted cheesy tater tots look so delicious!

Step 4

Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Top with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream. Optional toppings include jalapeños and avocados.

How to Serve Taco Tater Tot Casserole

While most people cut up this casserole and serve generous helpings on plates, you could also place this casserole in a soft tortilla or taco shell and eat it that way.

Regardless of how you eat it, serve this yummy dish with a fresh chopped salad or radish salad with feta cheese and you’ll have yourself a quick and delicious weeknight meal. 

How to Make this Recipe a Gluten-Free Taco Tater Tot Hotdish

This recipe can easily be made gluten-free, too. Just substitute gluten-free hash browns (for tater tots) and use gluten-free taco seasoning. (McCormick makes a gluten-free taco seasoning mix.)

A ready-to-serve slice of taco tater tot casserole, just cut from a white 9x13 pan.
It’s time to try this taco tater tot hotdish!

Easy to Make this Casserole Ahead of Time

If prep time is hard to come by on weeknights, this casserole dish can be made ahead of time on the weekend and placed in the freezer.

For best results, be sure to defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and then bake as directed.

Most Tuesdays, we used to eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, but now I just whip up this Mexican Tater Tot Casserole. Not only is it cheaper than eating out, but it’s healthier, too. My daughter enjoys helping me make it in the kitchen, which is an added bonus!

What’s your typical go-to comfort casserole dish?

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

A white 9x13 pan containing tater tot taco casserole, garnished with fresh shredded lettuce and halved cherry tomatoes.

Taco Tater Tot Casserole is a quick and easy recipe that your kids will love!

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • A pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 3 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Bag Tater Tots
  • Tomatoes, lettuce, black olives, and sour cream to garnish

Instructions

    1. Start by browning your ground beef (or ground turkey) in a medium pan over high heat.
    2. Once the meat is completely browned, mix in your taco seasoning and water and simmer for five minutes.
    3. Next, mix in your corn, 2 cups of cheese, and black beans before spreading into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
    4. Top with tater tots.
    5. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
    6. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream. Optional toppings include jalapenos and avocados.

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How did your taco tater tot casserole recipe turn out? Was it a kid friendly casserole solution for your family?

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