As I was perusing recipes last week I found an intriguing recipe. I love changing up traditional recipes in order to give them a new flair. My family LOVES Mexican cuisine. This recipe was a perfect combination of both. Even though I did not follow the recipe exactly, I know the same basic idea is there.
Mexican Tater Tot Casserole
adapted from: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/mexican/tater-tot-taco-bake.html
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 (16oz) can refried beans
1 small can green chilies, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 (32oz) bag tater tots
2 cups shredded cheese
Brown meat in a large sauce pan with chilies and onion. Add refried beans, taco seasoning and water (added more than 1/2 cup). Mix together (this will be kind of soupy) and simmer 5 minutes (yes, it still be runny); remove from heat. Add tater tots. Grease a 9x13pan. Place half the meat mixture in the bottom of the pan. Top with 1 cup cheese then remaining meat mixture. Bake at 375 for 25minutes until bubbly. Top with remaining cheese. Shut off oven. Let cheese just melt. Serve with your favorite taco toppings.