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Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

A couple of years ago I was apparently living in a cave and had never even heard of tater tot casserole until a friend told me about it. Sounded pretty simple and soon my family was hooked. I mean, it’s kid friendly (what kid won’t eat tater tots?!) plus even as grown-ups we all kinda still love the stuff even if we don’t really want to admit it. But I guess that’s the other cool thing about it is that you can make it in so many ways that it will appeal to just about anyone’s tastes. And you know me. I can never leave well enough along and I’m now I’m my third version. Tater tots for breakfast, anyone?

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

I think we all have them. You know, those go to style recipes that we maybe modify just a little but, really, anytime we are in a pinch to get dinner done we go back to our basic comfort zone. For me, it’s usually what I call “taco stuff”. Sometimes it’s tacos or it could be taco salad or burritos. Either way, it’s the same basic ingredients that I know I can throw together quickly and get people fed. Not glamorous, but sometimes it’s not meant to be.

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe kind of comes together as a combo of those things my family loves and things I can get on the table quickly. It’s essentially a taco meat style recipe doctored up with a few more ingredients and topped off with tater tots. And did you notice? No packages of taco seasoning!! This is cooked up with loads of tomatoes, salsa, corn, peppers, onions…. you get the picture. Lots of fresh taste and that is what will take your family taco night to a whole new level.

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

What are your go to family meals? Will this soon be making an appearance in the rotation?

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Jennifer Draper
4.31 from 39 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 564 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and diced
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed (1 can)
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted tomatoes, drained (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 2 pounds tater tots
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 8 oz shredded mild cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet over medium high heat add beef, onion, garlic and jalapeño
  • Break up beef as it cooks and stir as needed to brown evenly and cook veggies
  • Once ground beef is fully cooked and veggies are softened you can spoon off any excess grease
  • Add black beans, tomatoes, corn and cream cheese and stir to combine well
  • Heat through for 3-5 minutes
  • Spray slow cooker well with nonstick canola oil spray
  • Add half of tater tots on bottom then top with ground beef mixture
  • Top with remaining tots, drizzle with salsa and cover with cheese
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 or until tater tots are hot and slightly crispy on edges and cheese is fully melted


Calories: 564kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 27gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 939mgPotassium: 805mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 775IUVitamin C: 13.3mgCalcium: 277mgIron: 3.7mg
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Important nutritional disclaimer

If using a casserole style slow cooker add all filling on bottom and all tots on top then covered with salsa and cheese

Tater tot casserole is a great dish to make up ahead of time and save time on a busy day!!


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    1. Hi Lauri! It’s just a version of cream cheese that you can find in a tub that has had air whipped into it to be lighter and it tends to mix in easier without lumps in many recipes. If you can’t find any, feel free to sub regular that has come to room temp so that it will be easier to blend.

  1. I’m going to try the taco tater tot casserole. I noticed the note at the bottom of the recipe said if you’re using a casserole style slow cooker to put all the filling on bottom and all the tots on top. What’s a casserole style slow cooker? Mine is oval shaped and not round. Does that mean mine is a casserole style?

    1. Hi Trish! I’m adding a link now to the post, but a casserole style slow cooker is kind of a newer style that looks more like a 9×13 casserole dish. They are awesome! But you can just as easily make this in a regular slow cooker like your oval one by adding half the tots on bottom and half on top.

    1. yes, I would use a 9×13 casserole dish and put all the filling on the bottom and tots on top. Set oven to temp recommended on bag of tots. Baking time will be about 25-45 minutes so just keep a close eye on it!! I always find it varies based on which brand of tater tots I use.

    1. Hi Karen! Of course! It’s just a little sour cream. Sometimes I will thin it out with a touch of lime juice to make it drizzle a little better, but that’s more for looks than anything 🙂

  2. Making this right now! I added my homemade taco seasoning mix to ground bison instead of beef to put my own spin on it. Hoping it’s a hit with the fam 😉

  3. Where I live in Minnesota tarot tot casseroles are a big deal. It’s an institution! Haha. :). But this looks a lot better than any I’ve ever had. Yum!

    1. Hi Amanda, that’s what I hear! Haha! And do you guys call it a hot dish? I’ve heard it referred to that way as well 🙂 Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try!

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