This Jalapeno Tater Tot Casserole Recipe is one of those delicious recipes that the whole family will love. The tasty ingredients combine perfectly to become one of your new favorite meals. This jalapeno popper tater tot casserole is perfect for a family dinner, football season, or a great way to create a cheesy casserole that you can enjoy the next day.
What I enjoy about this simple casserole recipe is that it's literally a whole meal in one dish. The jalapeno peppers paired with the cream cheese mixture and beef create a flavor sensation that you just can't deny. And once you add the crispy tater tots, you're going to be hooked. If you love jalapeño poppers you will recognize the flavors of that iconic appetizer in this easy jalapeno beef casserole.
Be sure to check out my Smoked Jalapeno Poppers for a fun and spicy kick of flavor. You can't go wrong with adding jalapenos to dishes.
Ground beef - Cook the beef in a cast iron skillet until browned, and be sure to drain off any excess grease.
Chopped jalapeños - Wear gloves with dicing so that you don't burn your eyes or hands.
Tater tots - Frozen tots added to the top give an excellent crunchy texture.
Cream of mushroom soup - This adds a creaminess to the casserole. This is the only ingredient that might contain gluten. If you would like this casserole to be gluten-free simply use a canned creamy soup that is already gluten-free.
Evaporated milk - Helps to thin out the addition of the soup so it's not too thick.
Cream cheese - Add to the mixture for a rich and creamy texture.
Sour cream - Pairs well with cream cheese.
Garlic salt - Adds a nice salty flavoring to the dish. If you don't have prepared garlic salt you can mix equal parts garlic powder and salt.
Cheddar cheese - We like using sharp cheddar cheese for the most flavor. But you can also use colby jack or mozzarella.
Jalapeno slices - Fresh jalapenos offer the best taste.
How to make this Jalapeno Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step Two: In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the jalapeño peppers.
Step Three: Put the cooked beef into a greased 9X13 casserole dish.
Step Four: Cover the top of the beef with tater tots. It is ok if they are on top of each other a bit but do the best you can to make a single layer of tater tots.
Step Five: Combine cream cheese, milk, soup, and sour cream together in a medium or large bowl. Pour that mixture on top of the casserole.
Step Six: Sprinkle cheese on top.
Step Seven: Top with sliced peppers, if desired.
Step Eight: Put in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
Change the cheese - You can use sharp cheddar cheese, a Mexican cheese blend, or any other cup cheese blend that you like. They all pair perfectly with this great recipe.
Add taco seasoning - For an extra kick of flavor, add some taco seasoning to the mix.
Add bacon - Pairing a bit of diced bacon with the beef mixture is a simple way to create a fun flavor.
Add black beans - If you need easy ways to add protein and fiber to your diet, adding black beans to this dish is a great idea.
Chicken - Sub in ground chicken for the beef or cook chicken thighs and then shred them to make a jalapeno popper chicken casserole recipe. Or try this Mississippi Chicken Casserole Recipe which features pepperoncini peppers.
Peppers - For a milder flavor try poblano peppers. That is what we use in our Chicken Poblano Casserole Recipe.
Why is my Tater Tot casserole runny?
Casserole recipes shouldn't be runny, so if this is the case, be sure that you're draining off any excess grease from the beef mixture after cooking it. Also, verify that you're adding the correct amount of soup per the recipe card below.
What is a good side dish with jalapeno popper tater tot casserole?
You can't go wrong with a green salad. You can also serve up a side of fresh fruit as well for a light and sweet flavor addition.
How do I store leftovers of this jalapeño tater tot casserole recipe?
Since this makes a big meal, you'll likely have leftovers of this family favorite. Let the dish cool down to room temperature, and then store leftovers in an airtight container. When it's time to reheat, you can pop it in the microwave or back in the oven to warm up all the way through.
Can I add toppings to this simple casserole?
There is always room to add more shredded cheese and sliced jalapenos on top. You can also add diced green onions for flavor and taste, as well. A dollop of sour cream would also be a delicious option and easy to add as you go.
Setting out some popular topping choices and letting each person pick their toppings is a fun way to vary the serving options.
Can I make this keto?
For those of you who do eat low carb, you can alter this to fit the keto diet as well by omitting the tater tots and subbing in cauliflower rice on top of the recipe. While I think that they're one of the best parts of the dish, they can be removed so that it's low in carbs for all to enjoy. You should also swap out the canned soup for additional sour cream or mayo and the milk for heavy cream. Or simply try this jalapeno popper hasselback chicken.
Jalapeno Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 jalapenos chopped
- 2 lb tater tots
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 jalapeno cut into rings (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large skillet brown the ground beef with the chopped jalapeno peppers.
- Put the cooked meat in a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
- Cover with the tater tots.
- Mix the soup, milk, cream cheese, and sour cream together.
- Pour over the top of the casserole. Top with cheese and jalapeno rings, if using.
- Bake for 1 hour.
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