Beef Tater Tot-Chos

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Beef Totchos — Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

Nachos … with Tater Tots!

Do you love how cheesy this title is, tot-chos, rather than tater tot nachos? Yes I went there, I am cheesy.

And so are these tater tots that are topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and plenty of cheese.

The tot-chos are easy, ready in no time, and are perfect for parties of all kinds including Cinco de Mayo or game day parties. I know hungry fans would love digging into these.

And this isn’t the healthiest or most well-balanced dinner idea, but on a night you’re craving some warm, cheesy, carby, comfort food and plan to curl up on the couch to catch up on your favorite shows, these are a perfect. No shame in admitting I have those nights.

What Are Totchos?

Totchos are a fun name for tater tot nachos. That’s right, nachos made with tater tots! The tater tots are layered on the bottom of an-safe skillet or baking dish and then topped with ground beef and your other favorite nacho toppings before baking baked.

Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

Ingredients for Ground Beef Totchos 

This recipe for totchos is so easy but so good and calls for  just a handful of ingredients. The crispy tater tots are the perfect layering food for the juicy ground beef, melted cheese, and cool fresh tomatoes! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make nachos with tater tots: 

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning 
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend 
  • Tomato 
  • Cilantro 
  • Favorite nacho toppings (see ideas below)

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

How to Make Beef Totchos

Once the tater tots have been baked to crispy perfection, you can load them up with as many toppings as you’d like! Here’s an overview of the beef totchos recipe: 

  1. Place tater tots on a sheet pan and bake according to package directions until as done and crisped as desired. Keep oven on and set temp to 425F.
  2. While tater tots bake, to a large skillet add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until done. 
  3. Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  4. Transfer cooked tater tots to an oven-proof skillet, spray with cooking spray, and arrange tots in a flat layer.
  5. Top with the ground beef in the center, sprinkle with the cheese, and bake until cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with tomato, cilantro, plus any additional toppings you’d like. 
Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

Totcho Topping Ideas

I kept these beef totchos pretty basic because my daughter isn’t quite the condiments queen that I am, but if you want to jazz them up, feel free to add:

  • Sour cream
  • Black olives
  • Green onions
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Taco sauce
  • Salsa

Tater tots are the type of food that can soak up just about any condiment you want to toss at them.

Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

Recipe FAQs

What are totchos made of?

Beef totchos feature a layer of crispy tater tots topped with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and any nacho toppings you like!

What kinds of tater tots work best for totchos?

You’ll need frozen tater tots to make this recipe. Cook the tater tots according to package instructions and THEN add the toppings. If you add the toppings and try to cook the dish all together, the tater tots won’t crisp up. 

Can Totchos Be Made in Advance? 

No, this is one recipe that’s best eaten fresh from the oven. Over time the tater tots will become soggy from all the toppings, so I don’t recommend making the dish ahead of time. 

Can I Make This Recipe Vegetarian? 

Of course! You could use seasoned black beans in place of the ground beef, or use a vegan ground beef substitute that you like. 

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes! You can scale this recipe up as much as you like to feed a larger crowd. If doubling, bake in a 9×13-inch dish and if more than doubling the recipe I recommend breaking out a rimmed sheet pan.

Beef Tater Tot-Chos - Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!

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Ground Beef Totchos

By Averie Sunshine
Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a DELICIOUS and fun twist on nachos!! EASY, ready in no time, and perfect for PARTIES!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 4 pounds frozen tater tots
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, I used 85%
  • one 1.25-ounce package taco seasoning, I used reduced-sodium
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced for garnishing
  • fresh cilantro, for garnishing
  • optional sour cream, black olives, green onions, shredded lettuce, guacamole, taco sauce, salsa, ketchup etc. for garnishing

Instructions 

  • Place tater tots on a sheet pan and bake according to package directions until as done and crisped as desired. Keep oven on and set temp to 425F.
  • While tater tots bake, to a large skillet add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until done. Crumble beef as it cooks to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  • Transfer cooked tater tots to an oven-proof skillet, spray with cooking spray, and arrange tots in a single flat layer.
  • Top with the ground beef in the center, sprinkle with the cheese, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with tomato, cilantro, any optional items, and serve immediately. Tot-chos are best warm and fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 718kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1950mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Fun recipe and a creative twist for tater tots! I think those little nuggets are pretty versatile (like crescent rolls and tube dough)!

    1. I have to say it’s one of the best twists on tater tot’s I’ve had in a very long time, possibly ever! So addictively good!