Before we talk food today, I have to give a big shout out to my husband. He rode LOTOJA for his first time this weekend and he rocked it! If you’ve never heard of it, LOTOJA is a one-day, 205 mile bike race from Logan, Utah to Jackson, Wyoming. He rode with a great group of guys and they all did awesome. The weather was perfect, no one crashed and the only flat was on the car the morning after the race. (seriously!). Way to go guys, you all were amazing!!
Now, onto food. I’ve been dying to share this casserole recipe with you. I know there are some casserole haters out there, I’m not one of them. I love a good casserole and this one could even convert all you noncasserole lovers.
This chili cheese tater tot casserole is freakin’ delicious. I don’t know how else to put it. My boys were like untamed beasts eating this stuff. You’d think they’d never seen food before they way they scarfed this down. When I told them I was making it for a second time in one week so I could get some pictures of it, you would have thought I told them we were going to Disneyland. This casserole is seriously the ultimate comfort food. So simple to make and it tastes amazing.
You’ve got to make this. I promise you will be thanking me later.
- 1 bag (32 oz.) tater tots
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- 1 medium onion , chopped
- A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 8 oz. tomato sauce
- 8 oz. can of water
- 1 can (15 oz) chili beans
- 2 cups (8 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Sour cream (optional)
- Green onions , sliced (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Spread the tater tots in the bottom of a greased 9x13-in. baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
While tater tots are baking, in a large skillet, cook and crumble the beef with the salt, pepper and onion until the beef is no longer pink. Drain grease. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, tomato sauce, water chili beans to the skillet. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, simmer until mixture thickens (about 15 minutes).
Top the baked tater tots with the chili. Sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.
Top with sour cream and green onions if desired.
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from Love Bakes Good Cakes