As Napoleon Dynamite instructed us: It's time to go find our own tots! Free yourself from the tried-and-true tortilla chip and wow everyone at your next Taco Tuesday with this delicious variation using Tater Tots®! Totchos Libre!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spread potato nuggets out onto a baking sheet.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven until nuggets are golden brown and crisp, 22 to 24 minutes.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add water and taco seasoning to beef; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid reduces, about 5 minutes.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Arrange potato nuggets on an oven-proof platter and cover evenly with ground beef; spread Mexican cheese and pepperjack cheese over the top.

  • Cook potato nuggets under the broiler until cheese melts, 1 to 3 minutes. Whisk sour cream and lime juice together in a bowl. Top potato nuggets with tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos, avocado, sour cream mixture, scallions, and cilantro, respectively.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 14.1g 28% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; fat 24.6g 38% DV; cholesterol 49.6mg 17% DV; sodium 708.3mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
Instead of baking the tots in the oven I cooked them in my waffle iron which made a fun presentation and also sped up cooking time. I did put them under the broiler as directed for the finishing touch. My avocado had gone bad on me and I didn't know it until it was too late but next time I will be sure to have one. This was fun and a nice change. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/01/2016
Not bad but I would prefer to use traditional chips instead of the tator tots. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
Instead of baking the tots in the oven I cooked them in my waffle iron which made a fun presentation and also sped up cooking time. I did put them under the broiler as directed for the finishing touch. My avocado had gone bad on me and I didn't know it until it was too late but next time I will be sure to have one. This was fun and a nice change. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2015
I add the meat and cheese and put toppings out for everyone to add to taste. Easy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/01/2016
Not bad but I would prefer to use traditional chips instead of the tator tots. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2015
I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it tasted great. Loved the whole thing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2016
It was good but nothing extraordinary. Fresh tasting and good just not stand out. It would have been easier to eat and taken less time if I'd just stuck with nachos or tacos. Left me feeling full yet slightly confused. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2015
Oh yes. Yes indeed. Delish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2015
I skipped the avocado. I just didn't want the texture on my tots. I thought maybe using the taco seasoned meat on a version of "Extreme Tots" would be just as good as Sonics (I miss living in a town that had four Sonics in the city limits) but it wasn't just as good. It was fine for a no-fuss snack though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2017
This was underwhelming. I have to agree with the several other reviewers who said they prefer real nacho chips instead of the potatoes. Using potatoes throws the balance of this recipe way off. The crispness of the tater tots quickly gets mushy and then each bite gives you a mouthful of mushy potato that overwhelms the flavors and textures of all the toppings. Plus the potatoes don't have the wonderful Mexican seasonings that nacho chips have so you lose that great "zing" with each bite. End result is a bland mouthful of mush.... Novel idea but not a better idea. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2016
We didn't care for the tater tots. With that being said if we made the exact same recipe using chips I think it would have been delicious. That's what we plan to do next time. Read More
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