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Beef Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Beef Taco Tater Tot Casserole is a cheesy beef casserole seasoned like tacos with cheddar cheese and potato tater tots. Topped with all the taco toppings. An easy dinner idea for busy nights for the family. #beefcasserole #beeftacos #hamburgercasserole
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Beef
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 764kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound tater tots more or less
  • taco toppings of choice (lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, olives, avocado, etc)


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  • Cook the ground beef until cooked through, approximately 7-10 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the garlic, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne. Stir and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water. Stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Pour the meat mixture into a 6x9 inch casserole dish (see note). Sprinkle one cup of cheddar cheese across the top of the meat.
  • Layer the tater tots in rows across the top, using approximately 1 pound of tater tots (1/2 standard bag). Sprinkle the remaining cheese across the top of the tater tots.
  • Bake the casserole until the tots are cooked through when inserting a fork and the cheese is melted, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven. Top with your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, olives, and avocado. Serve immediately.


I found the smaller 6x9 inch baking dish was perfect for this recipe. A "normal" baking dish is much larger and would give you less meat for the same amount of tater tot coverage. Other options include doubling up the meat for a larger casserole, making more servings, or using any other smaller baking dish like loaf pans or square dishes.
If you want it saucier, add an additional 1/2 cup of water. This also tends to make the tater tots break down more and less likely to hold their shape due to the moisture.
I use onion powder to keep it more kid friendly, but you can easily use approximately 1/3 cup of diced onion instead of the powder.


Calories: 764kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1539mg | Potassium: 1123mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2264IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 487mg | Iron: 5mg