Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

The struggle is real when it comes to pleasing picky eaters, but this yummy Mexican tater tot casserole is a family dinner idea that even the kids will love!

This delicious Mexican tater tot casserole recipe is chock-full of black beans, corn, ground beef and a whole lot of flavor. Oh, did I mention it’s also loaded with cheese? Yep. We definitely have the cheese component covered!

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

There’s just something about adding tater tots to a dish that makes it especially fun for the kids.

My little ones love eating those golden tater tots covered in gooey cheese, and I love knowing that they’re getting a warm, filling meal.

Even better than my Mexican tater tot casserole recipe is super quick to make. It’s really perfect for those over-scheduled weeknights or weekends when you don’t want to spend a whole lot of extra time in the kitchen.

It seems like easy casserole recipes like this one have sort of slipped out of fashion, but I’m still a fan of meals that you can throw together quickly and satisfy the whole family.

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Let’s face it, any meal that you make at home beats fast food and you can even get the kids involved in the kitchen to help you put this taco-flavored tater tot casserole together.

In fact, my daughter was on tater-tot duty the last time we made this casserole. I let her add the tater tots to the top of the casserole and she also helped me sprinkle the cheese over the dish toward the end.

The one thing that makes a plate of my Mexican tater tot casserole even better is a big dollop of sour cream on top and some fresh cilantro.

Oh my goodness, SO GOOD!

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Grab the recipe below and enjoy!

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Mexican Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

This easy family dinner recipe will please everyone in your crew—even picky kids!


  • 1 lb. 85/15 ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced ( about ¼ cup)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (1 oz.)
  • 1 can green chiles (4 oz.)
  • 1 can black beans ( 15.5 oz.) rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag frozen corn (14.4 oz.)
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce (10 oz.)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar & monterey jack cheese (off the block), divided
  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • Cilantro, optional garnish
  • Sour cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish (I used this one) with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the ground beef  and the onion to a 12-inch skillet, brown meat until thoroughly cooked. Drain off excess fat and return to skillet. Add the season packet, green chiles, black beans, frozen corn and the enchilada sauce to the meat and onion, stir until combined. Over medium heat cook another 8 to 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese to the meat mixture and stir until blended. Pour into the baking dish and spread evenly. Place the tater tots evenly over top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, add the remaining cup of cheese over the top. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with cilantro and top with sour cream!


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