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Not Yo Mama's Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe

A twist on the classic Midwestern hotdish, this spiced up tater tot hotdish recipe features bold Mexican flavors, seasoned tots, and is a one skillet dinner perfect for any night of the week!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 413kcal


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large serrano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Watkins Organic Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Watkins Organic Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins Organic Paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon Watkins Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons gluten free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can whole green beans drained

For the Tater Tots

  • 2 lbs frozen tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon Watkins Organic Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Watkins Organic Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Watkins Mediterranean Sea Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large, 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook, crumbling as it cooks, until no longer pink, around 5 minutes. Add the onion and continue cooking until lightly translucent, around 4 minutes more. Add the garlic and serrano pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add seasonings and stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Push the meat mixture to one side of the pan and let the grease drain to the other side. Whisk the baking flour into the grease until a paste forms, then slowly whisk in the beef broth until the paste dissolves and a gravy forms. Stir the meat mixture back into the gravy, then stir in the diced tomatoes and green beans.
  • In a large plastic bag, add the frozen tater tots, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Shake vigorously to coat the tots, then arrange the tots in a single layer on top of the meat mixture in the skillet. Place skillet in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the tots are golden and crispy and the meat mixture is bubbling around the tots. For even crispier tots, turn the broiler on during the last couple of minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1481mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.5mg