Chili-Cheese-Potato Tot Casserole

The chili starter contains beans, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, and oregano, packing lots of flavor and keeping the ingredients list short.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Bake: 1 Hour


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 (15 1/2-oz.) cans chili starter
  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (11-oz.) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8-oz.) package reduced-fat shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 1 (32-oz.) package frozen potato tots
  • 1/4 cup pickled sliced jalapeño peppers or 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, sliced


  1. 1. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well, and return to skillet. Stir in chili starter, tomatoes, and corn.
  2. 2. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; top evenly with tots.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until tots are golden. Top with jalapeño slices.
  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bush's Chili Magic Chili Starter Traditional Recipe and Ore-Ida Tater Tots. To kick up the flavor, substitute 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes with jalapeños for petite diced tomatoes.
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