Monday, January 16, 2017

Chili and Tots - EASY Tater Tot One Skillet Upgrade

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But not just any Chili Recipe, this is incredibly easy, serves up in a casserole form and all topped off with a layer of crunchy cheesy, tasty Tater Tots

  • The recipe is made in a single skillet.  No need to get the kitchen filled with dishes.
  • Comes together fast... Except for cooking time, this takes less than 20 minutes of hands on work.
  • LOADED with plenty of Beans (healthy), vegetables (Well, Onions, healthy as well)!
  • A Kid friendly Tater Tot upgrade.  Look for sales and stock up on these handy frozen wonders.  Topped with crispy crunchy layer of Tater Tots (Kids LOVE this recipe)
  • A layer of Gooey Cheesy goodness throughout and for garnish on the top
  • You can make this the night before, for an easy "pop in the oven" lunch.
Really... What's not to love... And tastes great as well!

Easy to follow recipe below, keep scrolling down.

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Keep scrolling down, recipe below.

 OK, Here's What I Did...

Chili and Tots

  • 1 pound Hamburger
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Chili Beans
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Tomato Sauce
    (Pizza Sauce or Pasta Sauce)
  • 2 TBS Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup additional Cheddar Cheese for topping
  • 2 Pounds Frozen Tater Tots
Cooking Directions
  1. In a very large skillet, Brown Hamburger on medium high heat, breaking up the meat. Once cooked through, add the diced onion and saute with the hamburger for 5 minutes.   Drain the rendered fat from the skillet.. 
  2. Add the seasonings, Chili powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder and Red Pepper Flakes.  Stir to evenly mix and evenly flatten the meat in the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups of cheese over the hamburger
  4. Layer top with frozen tater tots. If not baking right away, cover tightly with foil and chill in fridge until the next morning.
  5. When ready to bake, set oven to 350F with rack on middle position. Once oven reaches 350F, place casserole in oven for about 35 minutes.
    Top with additional 1 cup cheese,
    Bake another 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is golden brown. Let rest at room temp 10 minutes, and serve.
  6. Serve Hot and ENJOY!

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