Amp up your chili next time with a layer of shredded cheese and top it with crunchy, good ol’ fashioned tater tots! Chili Cheese Tots is a one pan meal and baked in less than 30 minutes… perfect for those busy weekday nights!
It’s really no secret I love chili and cheese. But, put it all on french fries or tater tots…and I could eat it every day. (Sometimes, I do! Well, maybe
four a few days in a row. But really, who’s counting?)
When we go out somewhere (really anywhere) to eat, I look to see if chili is on the menu. And, yes I’m “one of those” that if Chili Cheese Tots or Chili Cheese Fries are not on the menu (…and they have all of the ingredients), I will ask for them to make it. I feel bad that it always leaves the server or the drive-up person scrambling to find out how to charge for such a thing. And, to be honest, they could charge me whatever price they make up …and I’ll pay it!
Do you ever make a big batch of chili and really don’t know what to do with the leftovers?
If you’re like me, my family will not eat leftovers if it looks the same as it did when it was introduced the first day it was served. So, I always have to be a little creative when it comes to leftovers in general.
With this recipe, I just added beans to my Pulled Pork Chili recipe I had made a couple days earlier.
But, if you don’t have time to make that chili recipe… The 20 Minute Chili recipe would be a bit faster! You’d love it!
But anyways, back to this Chili Cheese Tots recipe….
With it only being in a 400 degrees preheated oven for only 25 minutes, it gives the tater tots a perfect crunch! And, the cheese is all melty in between the crunchiness of the tots and the bubbling chili. You could even sprinkle more shredded cheese on top of the already crispy tater tots if you’d like!
Enjoy, my friends!
Makes enough for 4-6 servings.
- 4 cups of your favorite chili (This is a great way to use your leftover chili!)
- 2 cups of your favorite cheese, shredded (I used pepper jack cheese.)
- 16 ounces frozen tater tots
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Put chili in an 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish.
- Sprinkle on shredded cheese.
- Top it off with the tater tots.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!