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Just What Are Tater Tots?
In case you don't know Tater Tots is a registered trademark of the Ore Ida Corporation. A Tater Tot is made of finely grated potatoes that are then formed into the little shapes that you find Tater Tots shaped into.
The product was first developed in 1953 when the Ore Ida founders were trying to come up with a way to use up all the left over potato trimmings. To make a long story short they chopped up the left over potatoes, added flour and then ran the mixture through a machine that cut the resulting product up into those little small pieces that you now find in the bag of Tater Tots.
The product was first offered for sale in 1956 and at first it was a very inexpensive product but because it was so cheap people wouldn't buy it. Ore Ida raised the price and people began to buy the Tater Tots. In today's market people buy about 100 million pounds of Tater Tots a year. Can you even imagine that.
Ore Ida says you're never too old for Tater Tots. In case you don't know Ore Ida has now been making Tater Tots for over 60 years and during that 60 years people have been coming up with all kinds of ways to make delicious Tater Tot dishes. Below you'll find all kinds of wonderful recipes made with Tater Tots. And I'll bet you can come up with all kinds of ways to cook Tater Tot dishes to.
Today you'll find that the restaurant chain Sonic features Tater Tots on their menu and they offer them with chili, cheese, fried onions, and other toppings. In some Sonic stores you'll even find them being offered as Nacho Tots. This most likely came from the American west where Nacho Tots is a very popular dish. In the United States Tater Tots are also a popular item in Cafeterias and School lunch counters.
Nacho Tater Tots
In the Pacific Northwest Tater Tots are sold topped with Nacho Cheese, Sliced Fresh Jalapenos, Diced Sweet Onions, Sour Cream and Guacamole. And they are really good made that way. I just had some made that way a few minutes ago and they were wonderful. I had mine as a casserole with all the toppings and every one that tried the Nacho Casserole loved it.
How To Make Nacho Tater Tot Casserole
In a 13" X 9" baking dish you'll want to fill the baking dish up with a couple of layers of Tater Tots and then you'll want to sprinkle the dish with fine diced jalapenos, diced sweet onion, sour cream and then stir everything up together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now add a thin layer of Nacho Cheese on top and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. When you take it out of the oven offer salsa and guacamole on the side.
If you really want to jazz this dish up add a cup of ground beef with taco seasoning cooked in it and you'll have a complete meal that the kids will love. Keep in mind that its your Nacho Tater Tot Casserole and you can add or take away what you want to. One of the best ones I ever had was made with shredded chicken thigh meat that had been shredded and cooked with taco seasoning. So use a little out of the box thinking when your coming up with your version of the Nacho Tater Tot Casserole.
Southwest Tater Tot Casserole
Start out with a regular size package of Tater Tots. Cook your Tater Tots in a greased 13" X 9" baking dish until the Tater Tots are done and brown. This should take about 20 minutes. Now you will need.
1. Two Cups Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese.
2. One Four Ounce Can Green Chilies.
3. One Small Jar Pimentos.
4. One Teaspoon Crushed Dry Oregano.
5. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.
6. One Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper.
7. Six Large Eggs Well Beaten.
Let your Tater Tots cool to room temperature once they are cooked and brown. Once they are cool mix everything together saving back about a half cup of cheese to go on top of the casserole. Pour the mixed up ingredients into a well greased clean 13" X 9" baking dish and then put into a hot 350 degree oven and bake for 25 minutes until the casserole is done and set. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before you serve.
You can serve your casserole with sliced jalapenos, diced sweet onions, sour cream, and guacamole on the side. This is truly one of the best casseroles you'll ever eat.
Chicken Tot Pie
Here is one of my favorite recipes using Tater Tots. If you like Tater Tots and Chicken Pot Pie you'll love this delicious dish. One really great thing about Chicken Tot Pie is that kids love it and I bet you will to.
Ingredients Needed For Chicken Tot Pie
1. One Regular Size Package Tater Tots.
2. Two Cups Chicken Thighs Cut Into Small Bite Size Pieces.
3. One Half Cup Fine Diced Sweet Onions.
4. One Regular Size Package Frozen Mixed Vegetables.
5. One Can Cream Of Chicken Soup.
6. Two Cups Pepper Jack Shredded Cheese.
Cook your Tater Tots on a baking pan until they are done and golden brown. Let them cool to room temperature. Now mix the Tater Tots with everything else and half the cheese. Pour into a well greased 13" X 9" baking pan and then top with the remaining cheese. Bake in a hot 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until the cheese is well done and all the ingredients are done.
Another Great Tater Tot Casserole
If your looking for Tater Tot Casseroles you really should check this one out because it's delicious. Almost everyone I've ever made it for says they love it.
Ingredients Needed For Your Tater Tot Casserole
1. Two Cups Pepper Jack Cheese Finely Shredded.
2. Two Pounds Of Ground Beef Cooked And Drained Well.
3. One Cup Sweet Red Or Purple Onion Diced Very Fine.
4. One 10 Ounce Can Cream Of Mushroom Soup.
5. One Two Pound Bag Tater Tots.
You'll want to start by browning your ground beef and onions together until the beef is brown and the onions are done. Drain the beef and onions very well. Add the can of mushroom soup in with the beef and onions after you have drained them. At this time heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Put the beef and onions in the bottom of a 13" X 9" baking dish and spread the beef and onions out level. Now put the Tater Tots on top of the ground beef and onions and cook for 20 minutes. At this time your tater tots should be getting brown. Sprinkle your cheese all over the top of the casserole and put back in the hot 350 degree oven for 10 more minutes. Take out of the oven and let your tater tot casserole set for about 10 minutes before you serve it. I promise you that you'll have one of the most delicious tater tot casseroles you'll ever eat.
I serve fresh diced jalapenos, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side and let people add what they want to their serving of the casserole.
Sweet Potato Tater Tot Casserole
One really great thing I noticed the other day in the grocery store was that you can now buy sweet potato tater tots. Now I'll have to come up with all kinds of delicious recipes for the sweet potato tater tots.
Ingredients Needed For Your Sweet Potato Tater Tot Casserole
1. One Bag Sweet Potato Tater Tots.
2. Two Cups Yellow Summer Squash Sliced Thin.
3. One Tablespoon Fresh Minced Garlic.
4. One Cup Frozen Green Beans Chopped Fine.
5. One Can Cheddar Cheese Soup.
6. One Can Cream Of Chicken Soup.
7. One Pound Ground Beef Cooked Brown And Drained Well.
8. Salt And Pepper To Taste.
9. One Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
You'll want to put your ground beef and garlic in a skillet and brown it well. When you have the beef hot add your squash slices to the skillet. Cook stirring often until you have the squash tender but don't overcook your beef. Drain well and then put the beef, squash, and garlic into the bottom of a large casserole dish that you have sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.
Pour in the cheddar cheese soup and the cream of chicken soup and smooth them out with a spoon. Now pour your sweet potato tater tots in and then the green beans. Sprinkle to taste with the salt and pepper. Let your oven heat up to 350 degrees and then put the casserole in the hot oven for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the sharp cheddar cheese over the top of your casserole. Put back in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is completely melted. Set out of the oven and let it set for at least 10 minutes before you dish it up and serve it. Offer sour cream on the side for those people that want to add it to their serving. I sometimes also offer a dish of fine diced green onions including the tops.
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Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
Here is one of the best Cheesy Tater Tot Casseroles you will ever taste. One really good thing about this casserole is that kids just simply love it. As do almost all adults. I make it a little different than do most people but I think if you'll follow the recipe that you'll find yourself rewarded with a lot of wonderful flavor.
Ingredients Needed For Your Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
1. One Regular Size Package Tater Tots.
2. One Pound Ground Beef Cooked Brown And Crumbled.
3. One Half Cup Sweet Red Or Purple Sweet Onion Diced Fine.
4. Salt And Pepper To Taste.
5. Two Cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup.
6. Two Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
7. One Tablespoon Fine Diced Fresh Parsley.
Start off by spraying a 13" X 9" baking dish with vegetable cooking spray and then cook your Tater Tots for 20 - 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
While your Tater Tots are baking cook your ground beef and onions in a skillet until the ground beef is brown and the onions are done. Let your cooked hash browns cool slightly and then pour the ground beef and onions in the baking pan and stir up the Tater Tots. Pour in the Cream Of Mushroom Soup and stir well.
Pour the shredded cheese out on top of the Tater Tots and then sprinkle the fine diced Parsley over the top of the casserole. Bake for 20 minutes in the hot 350 degree oven and you'll have one of the best Cheesy Tater Tot Casseroles that you'll ever eat.