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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tator Tot Taco Bake

Don't you love those recipes, that no matter what you do, you really can't mess it up??  Well, this is one of those! And to make it even better, it is topped with tator you really can't go wrong! :)

Tator Tot Taco Bake

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup water
16 oz frozen corn
7 oz can green chiles
1 can black beans
8 oz shredded Mexican cheese
1 package taco seasoning or 3 Tablespoons homemade mix
1 small can enchilada sauce
1-2  pounds tator tots
sour cream, optional
* This easily feeds my husband and I, and our six small children.  If you have a smaller family, divide into smaller pans and cover with aluminum foil and freeze.  
Nothing better than freezer meals that actually taste good!

A meal that is both kid and adult friendly!! :)

First you will need to brown the pound of ground beef on medium-high heat in a large skillet.

As soon as the ground beef is browned, add the chopped onion and minced garlic.  
Add 1/2 cup water. Turn down to medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes.

You may place a lid on the pan for the first couple minutes.  This will help the onions and garlic cook a little faster.  Remove the lid and cook for a few minutes until the onion is soft and the water is absorbed. Turn down to low heat.

While the hamburger, onions, and garlic are cooking, rinse and strain a can of black beans.

Now you will need to add the black beans, corn, green chiles, 
shredded cheese, and taco seasoning to the pan. 

  Mix well. Turn off heat.

Grease a 9x13 pan.  Pour 1/3 of the can of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan.  
This will be just enough sauce to lightly coat the bottom.

Now spoon the meat and bean mixture from the skillet into the 9x13 pan. 
Top with the remaining enchilada sauce.

Top with tator tots. Place in a 375 degree oven for about an hour. If you like extra crispy tator tots, 
you might want to allow an extra 15 minutes for baking.

Remove from oven when tator tots are baked to perfection! :)

Serve with a dollop of sour cream.  I have a couple children that prefer to top it with ranch dressing...
either way, it is delicious.  

*Note:  A great way to use leftovers is to just heat it up and serve in a burrito with some 
sour cream and cheese...a meat and potato burrito! :)

Hope you enjoy!


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