It has been so long since I’ve posted a recipe! When I started this blog, my main focus was going to be home renovations, diy projects, and the like.  Well, turns out continually renovating your home is expensive, even when you do it on the cheap like us.  That’s when I turned to sharing recipes.  I’ve got to  say that I am not a chef. I do have a passion for cooking, being creative in the kitchen, and sharing connecting with others about food.  So here is the first Smith Family Renovations recipe in about two months…

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

I love tacos. I love tater tots. I love making casseroles.  This recipe is a TRIPLE WIN.  I love tacos and tater tots, because, duh.  Yummm.  And I love making casseroles also because they’re yummy, but secondly because by following a basic formula you can use almost any ingredients on hand to make a hot and delicious meal for your family.  Prep the casserole the day before and pop it in the oven for a quick and tasty meal. 

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So, you’ll start about by getting your pound hamburger (or turkey) browned with some diced onion and garlic, and seasoned with  one packet or 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning.  I love making making my own! It is way better! Plus it doesn’t have preservatives and I get to really control the ingredients. Find it here.  You can also just add your own blend of paprika, salt and pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and oregano like I’ve been doing lately.  Let your nose be your guide.

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Now it’s time to put the guts of your casserole together. I put the seasoned beef (or turkey) in a big bowl, and then let Ivy add the rest of the ingredients. It’s not easy to get nice photos with a three year old dancing around in front of you. But anyhow, add a can of drained black beans, a cup of frozen corn, and a cup of cheese.  Top this mixture with a can of enchilada sauce – or a cup of your own homemade. Stir it alllll up. At this point it will already smell amazingly.  I could have used it as dip or took a bath in it, or something.  It seriously made my mouth water.

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So now your meat mixture is done.  Go ahead and put it in a greased 9X13 pan.  I will admit I decided to make two smaller casseroles, so I used two 8×8 pans. I really wanted to try out my new 8×8 Corning Ware casserole dish. Isn’t it pretty? Next up cover your mixture with a layer of tater tots. Make them nice and straight like my lovely helper did. She was soooo helpful :).  Put a nice layer of shredded cheese on top! You could use cheddar or I use a ‘fiesta blend’.  Cover that pan with foil and get it in the oven. 375* for 40 minutes

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I hope you’re ready for a delicious meal because this was the bomb.  Look at that nice cheesy top! I decided it needed a little toppings decoration on top.  Cue the avocado and shredded lettuce. Yummm. You could use black olives, diced tomatoes, or whatever your family is into.

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Serve that baby hot with some more tasty condiments.  I love sour cream. Like seriously love it.  So does Ivy.  Mr. Timothy decided to use ketchup. Whatever floats your boat.

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I hope you love this meal.  It made tasty leftovers. Ivy ate it, our one year old Reid loved it, but that boy will eat anything he can feed himself! I thought it was great.  Cheesy and a little spicy.  It was the perfect way to enjoy some Mexican flavors if you’re burnt out on tacos and quesadillas like we are.

Keep reading for a full list of ingredients and easy step by step.

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef or turkey

1 small onion, chopped

Garlic- chopped cloves, garlic powder, or refrigerated minced garlic

Salt and pepper

Taco seasoning- one packet, or three tablespoons of my DIY taco seasoning recipe.

1 cup or can of enchilada sauce

1 cup of frozen corn

2 cups of shredded cheese- cheddar or I use a ‘fiesta blend’

Steps

  1. Heat a medium/large skillet and preheat your oven to 375.
  2. Brown the hamburger with the garlic, onion, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the grease if needed.
  4. Season the meat with taco seasoning.  Use my taco seasoning recipe here.
  5. Move the seasoned meat to a large bowl.
  6. Add half (1 cup) of the cheese, the corn, and enchilada sauce. Mix well.
  7. Add the meat mixture to the baking dish in an even layer.
  8. Line the tater tots side by side on top of the meat mixture to cover completely.
  9. Use the remaining (1 cup) cheese to sprinkle on top to cover the tater tots.
  10. Cover your baking dish with tin foil.
  11. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  12. Serve and top with your choice of condiments. (Shredded lettuce, black olives, salsa, avocado, guacamole, sour cream…)

 

Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you try and love this hot and easy meal. If you do, don’t forget to snap a photo for instagram and tag us @Smith_family_renovations and follow for lots of fun photos.  OR put it on our Facebook– facebook.com/smithfamilyrenovations. Go ahead and give us a Like and share if you feel so compelled 😉

Love,

Mackenzie

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