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Tater Tots Nachos

  • Author: Winny Hayes




16 oz frozen tater tots

1 lb ground beef

1 small onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

¾ cup beef broth

1 teaspoon each: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and chili powder

½ teaspoon each: cumin and black pepper

Cheese Sauce

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded

1 ½2 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon each black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika


– Cook the frozen tater tots per package directions, mine took about 22 minutes.

– In the meantime, brown your ground beef in a hot skillet, breaking it apart as you go. Once it is no longer pink, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Give it a stir and cook for about 4 minutes.

– Next, add the tomato paste and seasonings, mix well to make sure the meat is well coated. After about a minute, add the broth, stir and let this cook on low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and check for seasonings. Set aside.


– To make the cheese sauce, into a pot or skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour. Whisk to combine and cook for about a minute. Slowly add about a cup of milk and whisk. Once the mixture has thickened, add about 2 cups of shredded cheese. Whisk gently until the cheese melted, add more milk if it’s too thick (about 2-3 tablespoons at a time), then add the seasonings.


– To assemble, add some tater tots to a skillet or plates, then the meat mixture and some of the cheese sauce and repeat. Add toppings of choice, my kids prefer theirs plain with the topping on the side.