Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)
Totchos or Tater Tot Nachos are an amazing twist on a traditional recipe where crispy tater tots replace tortilla chips. Add the same toppings that you've come to love with nachos and you have an appetizer that your guests will rave about.
Servings: 8 servings
- 32 ounce package frozen Tater Tots, divided
- 1 pound (16-ounces) ground beef (See Tip 1)
- 1 ounce package taco seasoning (See Tip 2)
- 10 ounce can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
- ½ cup water
- 4 cups (16-ounces) shredded Mexican Blend Cheese, divided (See Tip 3)
- Choice of toppings (See Tip 4)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Place tater tots in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with non-stick aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown (according to package directions.
While tater tots are cooking, brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain well. Return cooked ground beef to skillet. Add taco seasoning, undrained Rotel Tomatoes and water. Stir to combine. Cook the taco meat over medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.
Spread half of the cooked tater tots in a single layer in a 9-inch cast iron skillet or other oven proof dish. Top with half of the cooked taco meat and half of the shredded cheese. Repeat the layering with the remaining tater tots, taco meat and cheese.
Bake the Totchos in a preheated 375°F oven for8 to 10 minutes, or until the contents are well heated and the cheese is ooey-gooey melted.
Top with your favorite toppings and serve. (See Tip 4)
Yield: 8 servings.
- I like to use lean ground beef. However, when the ground beef is finished browning, I drain it in a colander and rinse under hot water to remove as much of the grease as possible.
- You can also use 2 Tablespoons of my awesome DIY taco seasoning as opposed to the store-bought taco seasoning.
- You can easily substitute different cheeses for the Mexican blend cheese in this recipe such as Monterey Jack cheese, Colby Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, etc. Just make sure that it's a good melty cheese.
- This recipe can be dressed up or down based on your toppings. I like to keep my Totchos simple with just the addition of Pico de Gallo and sour cream. However, you can also add guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, salsa, black beans, etc. Just use your imagination.
Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 747IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 403mg | Iron: 3mg