Tex-Mex tater tot casserole is gluten-free and vegetarian comfort food

Oct 23, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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Tater tots? Sure, we've all had them as kids and probably as adults too. But have you ever thought about turning these crispy, bite-size potatoes into a main course that's super easy to make?

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This gluten-free and vegetarian casserole uses tater tots along with taco seasoning, black beans and salsa to make a filling and oh-so-delicious dish. And don't forget the generous amount of white cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, green onions and cilantro on top.

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Tex-Mex tater tot casserole recipe

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salsa, divided
  • 1 (1 pound) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (or other cheese, such as pepper jack or sharp cheddar)

Toppings

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Extra salsa, if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F, and spread 1/2 cup of the salsa in the bottom of a baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, combine the frozen tater tots, black beans and taco seasoning. Mix well, and pour into the baking dish.
  3. Spoon the remaining salsa on top of the mixture, and bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until the tater tots start to crisp and turn golden.
  4. Before removing the casserole from the oven, sprinkle the top with cheese, and return it to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Remove from the oven, garnish with diced tomatoes, green onions and fresh cilantro, and serve warm.
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