Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole (aka junk food dinner)

We have all seen the tater tot casserole recipes floating out there.  To date, I don't think I have ever put a tater tot into a casserole but last night my daughter and I decided tots were what was for dinner. Junk food? Yes. Tasty? You bet.

We decided to go Mexican as she has recently discovered she liked refried beans.  And, as a vegetarian, that is a good thing!

I am sure somebody has done something similar to this I doubt its terribly original. Actually, it isn't much of a "recipe" really, but it is tasty and, yes I had leftovers for breakfast this morning.

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole

1 package frozen tater tots (I used about 70 tots in total)
1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar (I used Daiya)
1/2 can refried beans
1//4-1/2 cup salsa
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, chopped fine for garnish, if desired

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

Line a lightly greased 9x9 dish.  Line the bottom with tater tots.  Dollop on refried beans, top with the cheddar and salsa and put the rest of the tater tops on top.

Bake for 40 minutes until warmed through and the tater tops on the top are nicely browned.

Garnish with fresh jalapeño if desired.


  1. This is a good idea! Never thought about combining tots with refried beans.

    1. It was pretty tasty. I think next time I may make a "cheese" sauce to go over top, you know, to make it even more healthy ;)

  2. I'm totally with you on not loving casseroles, but still wanting to love them. There are just a few that I actually like. This looks really good, so I'm going to have to give it a try.

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