Tex Mex Tater Tot Bake
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Let’s talk about this fabulous “non-mushy” freezer meal casserole! It’s so delicious and will be perfect for any busy weeknight you have coming up. Just thaw it in the fridge overnight, bake as directed, top with a little cheese just as it’s finishing baking and voila - delicious, simple weeknight dinner!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) corn
  • 1 - cup(s) red salsa
  • 28 - oz. frozen tater tots
  • 1 - 10 oz. can(s) enchilada sauce
  • 3 - cup(s) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Open, drain and rinse the black beans. Open and drain the corn.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Once browned, drain and then mix in the black beans, corn, red salsa and half of the shredded cheese. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the base of baking dish.
  4. Add the tater tots over top of the beef mixture in the tray and then pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, and then add the remaining shredded cheese on the top and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Prepare the salad.
  6. Serve Tex Mex Tater Tot Bake with side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and let cool.
  2. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans. Open and drain 2 cans of corn.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the browned ground beef, the black beans, the corn, 2 cups of red salsa and 3 cups shredded cheese.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the ground beef mixture
  • 1 - 28 oz. bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 - 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
  • Do not add the remaining cheese over the top, that can be kept in the freezer near the disposable dish and thawed just before adding to the casserole during cooking.

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm shallow dish of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed. Add remaining shredded cheese with 5 to 10 minutes left of cooking.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

This meal is gluten-free if tater tots are gluten-free.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Tex Mex Tater Tot Bake

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw completely and bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes. Top with remaining shredded cheese and bake another 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve with side salad.

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