August 16, 2019
Ah yes, there’s nothing quite like food that makes you feel like you’re a kid again. We’re talking boxes of mac n cheese, those adorable apple sauce packs, nuggets shaped like animals (dinos, preferably), and best of all: tater tots. Today, I’m bringing you back to one of my comfort food favorites from childhood with a better for you, elevated spin: 20-Minute Mexican Tater Tot Casserole.
Recently, I’ve been all about taking comfort classics and elevating them to be better-than-before options that are more delicious and good for the whole family. At first glance, this 20-Minute Tater Tot Casserole looks like a regular old dish but when you dig in a bit, you’ll find loads of fresh veggies, beans, and plant-based protein. This recipe is Mexican-inspired and has all of your favorite taco flavors packed into a gorgeously crisp casserole dish.
This is the perfect dish for when you’re having company and want to whip up something in a pinch since it comes together in around 20 minutes. It serves as a good appetizer with chips or as a full meal! Try this out for your next potluck, weeknight dinner, or entertaining night!
What is the casserole filling under those gorgeous, crispy tots you might ask? Let’s dive in.
On the bottom of the casserole, we start off with simple ingredients like fresh corn, black beans for a protein element, vegan ground beef (can sub for regular), and tomatoes. What I love about this base is that almost everything is from a can, which makes it super low cost and really accessible at all stores. Then, layered on top, I’m using my favorite Tater tots: McCain© Potato & Cauliflower Veggie Tatersâ„¢.
I’ve recently been obsessed with these taters since they’re made with real veggies and no artificial flavorsâ€”plus, they are a much better option than traditional taters. Then, to finish it off, you top this crispy casserole with some shredded cheese (I used a vegan variety) and guacamole! I swear, once you make this, it will be on your list for years to come.
Give this recipe a try, and look for your closest McCain© Potato, Potato, and Cauliflower Veggie Taters retailer: here. There’s even a coupon!
I, for one, know how tough it can be to get in your proteins and vegetables when having comfort food in mind, so I love that this 20-Minute Mexican Tater Tot Casserole conquers both my need for a well-balanced meal and my comfort food cravings. These Veggie Taters are so crisp on the outside and hearty on the inside, which makes them perfect for a family meal or entertaining friends. P.S. This is a great way to get kids to eat tons of plant-based protein without them even noticing it! Try this out on your littles and let me know how they like it!
If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it! Leave a comment below, give it a rating, and donâ€™t forget to tag me @katerinaseigel on Instagram. Enjoy loves!