Potato Tot Enchilada Casserole


Potato Tot Enchilada Casserole

Potato Tot Enchilada Casserole
40 Min

We gave a family-favorite a tasty and modern makeover by adding a crispy, potato tot topping that's so good everyone will want to dig in right away! They'll be surprised to find such a tasty, gooey, cheesy, and meaty filling in this amazing Potato Tot Enchilada Casserole. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 3 cups frozen potato tots
  • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart casserole or 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, onion, and garlic 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned; drain off excess liquid. Stir in taco seasoning; mix well. Add enchilada sauce and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Spoon mixture into casserole and top with potato tots.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until potato tots are golden. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and cook 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted. Garnish with scallion slices and serve.


  • If you like this potato tot casserole, you should definitely check out our recipe for Potato Tot Nachos!

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This is an interesting recipe but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it enchilada casserole...maybe something more like tater tot taco casserole. Enchiladas generally have corn tortillas in them...but I suppose you can always chop some up and throw them into the beef/chili sauce mixture to give it a more authentic flavor, and I'd definitely chop the tater tots into small dices and incorporate them into the casserole so they don't seem to be an afterthought in the casserole.

I have a lot of tater tot recipes that all have some variation. I don't remember making one that has an enchilada flavor, so I am sure I will like this one too. I am thinking we will top this casserole with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and sour cream. Can't wait to make it!

The first time we tried it, I made the recipe as written, and even though I used low-sodium taco mix, I found it much too salty. Next iteration was with no-salt tomato sauce plus chili seasonings, but still not quite what I was looking for. Third time was the charm! To simplify it a bit, I tried a pound of ground beef with a can of Manwich, and the barbecue taste did it for us! Top with grated cheddar. )

I've made a lot of potato tot recipes and forgot about this one it's a keeper you can make with ground turkey od chicken as well. Need to put in the rotation for the week.

Yum! It looks like this dish would have so much flavor!

What size casserole dish do you use?

Hi there! You can use a 2-quart or 8- x 8-inch baking dish for this recipe. Enjoy!

Can you use manwich instead of enchilada sauce?

Yes, you can substitute the enchilada sauce with Manwich. :)


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