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Mexican Tater Tot Casserole

Our yummy Mexican tater tot casserole is an easy and hearty meal that your whole family will love!

This delicious taco-inspired tater tot casserole recipe is chock-full of black beans, corn, ground beef and a whole lot of flavor. Oh, did I mention it’s also loaded with cheese? Yep. We definitely have the cheese component covered!

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Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

There’s just something about adding tater tots to a dish that makes it especially fun for the kids. I can remember the first time I told the kids that I’d be making tater tot casserole for dinner. Their eyes lit up with joy.

My little ones love eating those golden tater tots covered in gooey cheese, and I love knowing that they’re getting a warm, filling meal. Casserole recipes area always a good choice when it comes to feeding my crew.

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

Even better than that my Mexican tater tot casserole recipe is super quick to make. It’s really perfect for those over-scheduled weeknights or weekends when you don’t want to spend a whole lot of extra time in the kitchen.

I used ground beef in my casserole, but ground pork would also be delicious. I use ground pork often, in fact, my ground pork tacos are amazing if you’re interested in giving this protein a whirl!

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

It seems like easy casserole recipes like this one have sort of slipped out of fashion, but I’m still a fan of meals that you can throw together quickly and satisfy the whole family.

RELATED: Speaking of all things CHEESY, don’t miss my amazing cheesy crock pot potato soup!

Let’s face it, any meal that you make at home beats fast food and you can even get the kids involved in the kitchen to help you put this taco-flavored tater tot casserole together.

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

In fact, my daughter was on tater-tot duty the last time we made this casserole. I let her add the tater tots to the top of the casserole and she also helped me sprinkle the cheese over the dish toward the end.

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

The one thing that makes a plate of my Mexican tater tot casserole even better is a big dollop of sour cream on top and some fresh cilantro.

Oh my goodness, SO GOOD!

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe - This easy taco tater tot casserole is a great family dinner idea!

Are you a fan of easy family dinner recipes made with ground beef? If so, don’t miss my famous old fashioned goulash! :)

Grab the recipe below and enjoy!

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Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

This easy tater tot casserole will please everyone in your crew—even picky kids!


  • 1 lb. 85/15 ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced ( about ¼ cup)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (1 oz.)
  • 1 can green chiles (4 oz.)
  • 1 can black beans ( 15.5 oz.) rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag frozen corn (14.4 oz.)
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce (10 oz.)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar & Monterey jack cheese (off the block), divided
  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • Cilantro, optional garnish
  • Sour cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish (I used this one) with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the ground beef and the onion to a 12-inch skillet, brown meat until thoroughly cooked. Drain off excess fat and return to skillet. Add the seasoning packet, green chiles, black beans, frozen corn and the enchilada sauce to the meat and onion, stir until combined. Over medium heat cook another 8 to 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese to the meat mixture and stir until blended. Pour into the baking dish and spread evenly. Place the tater tots evenly over top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, add the remaining cup of cheese over the top. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with cilantro and top with sour cream!
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  1. I made this for my wife and kids they really loved it! Thank you for this recipe

  2. I saw the question asked below, but didn’t see a response…can this be made ahead of time and frozen? Was hoping to make something for a family that just had another baby and this looked delicious!

  3. Was so yummy! Made just as recipe instructed, thanks for the good dish!

    Rating: 5
  4. Made this dish for my son and I for dinner this evening, next time I will add some fresh jalapeños! We like spicy! If I was making this to take somewhere I wouldn’t change a thing!😋

    Rating: 4
  5. COuld you use canned corn if you don’t have frozen? 

  6. Instead of the additional cheese in the mixture, I added a can of cream of mushroom soup and put some cheese on top like directed. It was super creamy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  7. Could I make this and freeze it,if so how long would I need to bake it and what degree.Thanks

  8. Made this casserole today, very good, passed it on to our Daughter 😀👍

  9. This looks great! I need to buy some tater tots.

  10. Excellent recipe.! My husband loved it. He ate 2 helpings. 

    Rating: 3
  11. This looks so delicious! I love meals with a Mexican influence!

    Rating: 5
  12. Delicious!!  Made it two weeks in a row!!  And it’s a good way to get veggies in your kiddos.  

    Rating: 5
  13. I made this close to the original recipe. I baked at 350 because i misread the temp but it still turned out ok. Baked 30 minutes then added last bit of cheese….cheddar was all i had but i think any kind you use would work. I incorporated a little cilantro in the meat mixture instead of adding on top. For the corn, i substituted about a half cup crushed up corn tortilla chips. I love corn but i like it just plain, not really mixed in with anything. The tortilla chips gave it that corn flavor. My husband really liked it. Will definitely be making again.

    Rating: 5
  14. Do you drain the green chilies?

  15. Could this be made ahead and then just put the tater tots on before I cook it ?

  16. This looks so good. I think I would add some black olives along with that sour cream. I love dishes like this.

    Rating: 5
  17. I made this for Christmas Eve… it was the bomb!  I did however add some chunky salsa and I used 1-1/2 lbs. of ground beef.  Will definitely be making this again.

    Rating: 5
  18. I’m not a fan of black beans, what can I use as a substitute? Other than that, the recipes sounds delicious.

  19. This  was amazing and made a ton! I subbed the ground beef with ground turkey and used cauliflower tots. Which lightened it up a bit . I’ll make again!

    Rating: 5
  20. I love your recipes!

    Rating: 5
  21. Made this last night and it was delicious. Even my 5 year old daughter and husband loved it. I will definitely add this to the rotation. I wonder if this would make a good freezer meal??

    Rating: 5
  22. Yum! Made it tonight with ground moose and added black beans. Super yummy!

    Rating: 5
  23. I’m making this tonight with ground turkey. Should be fantastic. I swap out beef for turkey in my recipes frequently. ? Thanks for this awesome recipe in advance. We are still getting snow here in Oregon and I’m not ready to give up comfort food dinners. 

  24. Has anyone tried this using ground turkey or ground chicken?

  25. I still love to cook casseroles, but I married a man who dearly hates them. Whenever he goes to visit his brother, my daughter and I make a casserole! Thank you for this one :)

  26. I love all your recipes don’t stop posting your great ideas. I made several dishes of yours that you posted example apple tarts they were a hit, including your mac & cheese also your coffee cake recipe. I saw some recipes today that it will be making very soon. Thank you.

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