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Tex-Mex Hotdish

Nathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
45 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins

Chef notes

This recipe is a combination of Texas and Minnesota flavors in one delicious pan! The creamy Tater Tot-topped casserole is filled with zesty, exciting flavors but it so warming and comforting at the same time.

Technique tip: This can also be done in a slow cooker.

Swap option: Swap chorizo for ground beef and cheese of choice for pepper jack.


  • 1 (28- to 32-ounce) bag frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 ounces processed cheese product, cubed, preferably Velveeta brand
  • 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, preferably Rotel brand
  • 1/3 cup diced white onions
  • 1/3 cup diced jalapeños
  • shredded Mexican cheese
  • guacamole, homemade or store-bought
  • sour cream
  • jalapeños
  • pico de gallo
  • sliced black olives
  • cilantro leaves
  • lime wedges
  • tortilla chips, preferably Tostitos Scoops



Preheat oven according to Tater Tot package instructions.


Place Tater Tots on a baking sheet and bake according to package instructions, removing them from the oven 10 minutes before they're fully cooked.


Adjust oven temperature to 350 F.


In a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and drain excess liquid.


Add the cooked beef, taco seasoning, cream of mushroom soup, processed cheese product, pepper jack cheese, diced tomatoes with green chiles, diced onions and jalapeños to a baking pan then place in the oven. Stir after 15 minutes, then continue to stir and check every 5 to 10 minutes until it's creamy.


Once it's melted and creamy, increase the oven temperature to 425 F. Then, line the top of the dish with the Tater Tots and shredded cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes.


Remove from the oven and top with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, pico de gallo, black olive slices, cilantro and a side of limes. Serve with tortilla chips.