Loaded Tater Tots

A fun take on traditional nachos. Switch things up with this crowd pleaser that is perfect for your Super Bowl Party!

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Ok, so as much as I love nachos I really love tater tot nachos! Now, of course, you can always cheat and use that lovely cheese that comes in a jar, but let’s be honest, nothing beat homemade cheese sauce with real cheese, none of that fake stuff.

So there are a couple of key things that you need to make sure of a couple of things.

1 - Make sure you have very crispy tots

2 - Serve immediately, tots sitting in cheese sauce, while still delicious, no longer crispy:)

So basically there you go, just keep your tots crispy and your good to go! So go ahead and switch things up this weekend, no one will even miss the nachos.

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prep time 15 minutes

cook time 40 hour

total time 55 minutes

servings 4 - 6


Ingredients

1 bag of tater tots (800 grams)

1/2 pkg ground beef

1/2 pkg taco seasoning

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 jalapeno

2 tbsp butter

3 cloves garlic

1.5 tbsp flour

1 cup half & half

1/4 cup salsa

1 cup Mexican blend cheese

1/4 cup cilantro + more to garnish

1/8 tsp chili powder

juice of 1/2 a lemon

salt to taste

2 tomatos

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Lay tater tots on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes flipping halfway so that all sides are crispy.

While tots are cooking in a frying pan cook ground beef until browned and slightly crispy. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. Stir until well combined the cook until all of your water is evaporated. Set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan melt butter and add in finely chopped onion and cook until translucent. Add in minced garlic and finely chopped jalapeño. Cook for 1 minute. Add in flour and using a whisk ensure butter and flour are fully combined. Slowly add in half + half whisking so that you have no lumps. Add in cheese and allow to fully melt. Add your salsa, cilantro, juice of 1/2 a lemon, chili powder and season with salt.

In a baking dish assemble your loaded tots. Start with your tater tots, drizzle with cheese sauce then top with taco beef, chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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