Totchos Libre


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 1 (32 ounce) package frozen bite-size potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix

  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped black olives

  • ½ cup fresh jalapeno pepper slices

  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks

  • ¼ cup chopped scallions

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

356 Calories
25g Fat
24g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 708mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 427mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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