Taco seasoned ground beef, cheese and tater tots is what you will find in this kid-friendly Crock-Pot Tater-Tot Taco Casserole recipe. Perfect for dinner any night of the week!
Slow Cooker Tater-Tot Taco Casserole
My kids tend to go a little crazy over anything with tater tots in it. And this Mexican inspired casserole was no exception.
First I cooked up a couple of pounds of extra lean ground beef with some taco seasoning mix, then added a jar of salsa and some tomato sauce.
I put that mixture in the bottom of my Casserole Crock-Pot (I LOVE that one!) and topped with some shredded cheese (I used Kraft Fat Free cheddar cheese because I am doing Weight Watchers) and then arranged some tater tots on top of it all.
The whole thing only needed to cook for about 4 hours and dinner was ready!
Before dinner time I set out some sour cream, extra cheese and some sliced green onions and let everyone top their serving of slow cooker taco casserole however they liked it.
Huge hit with everyone in the family!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Tater-Tot Taco Casserole Recipe:
- 3.5 Quart Casserole Slow Cooker OR 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Large Skillet
- Wooden Spoon
- Can Opener
- Cheese Grater
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to shave off calories and fat you can easily substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. You can even use ground chicken or venison.
I choose to cook this in my casserole slow cooker because the final dish looks more like a traditional oven-baked casserole. However you can easily cook this in a 6 quart or larger oval slow cooker and the recipe will be great. You may find that you have extra tater tots that won’t fit in a single layer on to of the casserole but that is OK. You can just save them for another meal.
The tater tots that top this casserole won’t get super crispy but they will crisp up. Because the tots are placed on a layer of cheese, the cheese acts as a little bit of a barrier from the moisture in the meat mixture below. If you would like the tater tots to be super crispy you can take the stoneware insert out of the heating base and place it under the broiler in your oven for just a few minutes (double check that you insert is oven safe).