Chili Tot Casserole

This chili tot casserole recipe uses our flavorful chili seasoning to create a tasty meal that the whole family will enjoy. It is as simple as making a chili base, adding frozen tater tots to the top, then baking some cheese onto it. Plus, if you make extra you can always freeze another casserole for a quick meal one night.

Chili tot casserole in bowl with spoon

Casseroles are a great way to create an all in one meal that will satisfy the whole family. Tater tot casseroles are a fun way to feed a large crowd or have leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. Tater tots, cheese, and chili come together to create layered perfection for this easy casserole recipe.  Plus, it is adjustable for your taste preferences and who you might be feeding.

How to Make the Bottom Layer of Chili 

In a medium pot brown 1 pound of ground beef. Once the ground beef is browned add in ½ cup of diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion softens. This helps flavor the meat. If you do not like a lot of onion you can always leave it out or use less of the onion. 

Browned ground beef in pot with diced onion

Next, add in 3 tablespoons of Chugwater Chili Seasoning to season the meat. If you want the casserole to be more mild use less chili seasoning or if you want more spice use more. This part is customizable for who you are serving and your own preferences.

Chugwater chili seasoning added to browned ground beef with onions

Add in a 15 ounce can pinto beans, a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce (if you want more tomato flavor use the tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes or if you have any picky eaters in the household), and 8 ounces of water. Simmer for about 15 minutes.

Diced tomatoes, pinto beans, added to chugwater chili seasoned meat in pot

Making the Tater Tot Casserole

chugwater chili seasoned chili added to10x15 baking dish.

Add the chili mixture into a 10x15 baking dish and cover the top with a layer of frozen tater tots. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

frozen tater tots added to top of chili in baking dish

Cover the top with 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese and bake until the cheese melts about 10 minutes.

shredded cheddar cheese added to the top of the chugwater chili tot casserole

How to Serve Chili Tot Casserole

Serve this fun and tasty meal with the family. If you make extra you can always freeze the casserole before you bake it and use for when your schedule gets busy. You can top this with a dollop of Chugwater Chili Dip, sour cream, or diced onions. On the side, you can add a salad, fresh fruit, or your favorite dessert such as a cinnamon roll. 

chugwater Chili tot casserole in baking dish

Now that you have learned an easy new weeknight treat, here are some other easy dinner recipes that you can make when life gets busy or you want a tasty meal.

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American
Yield:8-10
Author:Katie Kernan
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Chili Tot Casserole

Chili Tot Casserole

This chili tot casserole recipe uses our flavorful Chugwater Chili Seasoning to create a tasty meal that the whole family will enjoy. It is as simple as making a chili base, adding frozen tater tots to the top, then baking some cheese onto it. Plus, if you make extra you can always freeze another casserole for a quick meal one night.
Prep time: 20 MCook time: 40 MTotal time: 60 M

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Chugwater Chili Seasoning
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces of water
  • 28-ounce package of frozen tater tots
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, brown the ground beef. Once the ground beef is browned add in the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Next, add in the Chugwater Chili Seasoning to season the meat.
  3. Add in the pinto beans, diced tomatoes, or tomato sauce (if you want more tomato flavor use the tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes or if you have any picky eater in the household), and water. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add into a 10x15 baking dish and cover the top with a layer of frozen tater tots. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. Cover with cheese and bake until the cheese melts about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite salad or dessert.

Calories

620.23

Fat (grams)

35.35

Sat. Fat (grams)

13.46

Carbs (grams)

44.00

Fiber (grams)

6.18

Net carbs

37.82

Sugar (grams)

4.21

Protein (grams)

33.26

Sodium (milligrams)

1312.50

Cholesterol (grams)

98.02
Note this is just an estimate and may not be 100% accurate.
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