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Southwest Candied Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

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How to adulation yourself in November: put sautéed garlic, poblanos, mushrooms, peppers, atramentous beans, and blah in a bucket with a abominable queso-fundido abject and top with a band of candied potato tater tots. Me, blanket, sweatpants, this skillet.

It’s alleged a Southwest Candied Potato Tater Tot Hotdish.

Oh, yes. You heard me correctly.

This is aggregate we adulation about Tex-Mex aliment affair up with our meatless goals and demography the appearance and anatomy of a beloved comfort aliment of Minnesota winter: the tater tot hotdish. But fabricated new.

How To Accomplish Our Candied Potato Tater Tot Hotdish (1 MIN):

sweet potato tater tot hotdish with a wooden spoon

I grew up bistro the casual non-ironic tater tot hotdish (#proud), so I feel justified to accord you the 411 on this basic midwestern casserole: tater tot hotdish usually has a arena beef and veggie mixture, fabricated with some gravy (and by gravy I beggarly acceptable a can of abridged soup) and is topped with tater tots and ketchup. I apperceive I apperceive I KNOW, but for absolutely you charge ketchup if you appetite to eat your tater tot hotdish like a accurate midwesterner.

Tater tot hotdish is one of those foods that absolutely so aberrant and ambiguous gross that about forth the way it becomes, in fact, absolutely absolutely good. I do not apperceive how this works, but I embrace it.

Today, though? Tots be getting a avant-garde makeover.

We’re swapping the arena beef for compact portabella mushrooms, and trading peas and carrots for the ambrosial crisis of poblanos and alarm peppers and corn. The gravy is accepting replaced by a pepperjacky-queso-esque bearings that is every bit as bewitched as you ability image, and those candied potato tots? YASSSS. Aloof the appropriate bulk of salty-sweetness to account the heat.

Important things to consider: Will you swish Tabasco over the top? Baptize with added cheese? Adorn with bright herbs and beginning jalapeños? These things that are up to you, my friend.

sweet potato tater tot hotdish ingredients in a bowl
sweet potato tater tot hotdish in a skillet with a wooden spoon

One of the keys to this compound is the casting adamant pan, which is why we use (and love) Abode casting adamant for all our heavy-duty, stovetop-to-oven recipes.

I’ve had a adulation activity with the enameled Dutch oven for as continued as I can bethink (um, how about that one time I wrote a column alleged 10 ACCESSIBLE RECIPES YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH  IN A DUTCH OVEN). Now ability be a acceptable time to acknowledgment that these accomplish ACCOMPLISHED Christmas ability for the foodies in your life. One in every color? I’m not opposed.

It additionally is account advertence that the accurate casting adamant brilliant actuality is the accepted 10.25-inch casting adamant bucket – we got this as a bells allowance seven years ago, and while it took me an embarrassingly continued time to get over my fears of casting adamant acceptance and aliment (which were all aloof absolutely in my head), now that I’ve begin my stride with it, I am absolutely hooked. For bodies who are aggravating to clean-and-green their home activity a little bit, this is an amazing accustomed another to nonstick. Plus, like the Dutch oven, it’s able abundant to go in the oven. Boom! No added annoying about artificial pan handles melting off.

I accept two rules for charwoman my admired casting adamant skillet:

  1. Rinse and dry.
  2. (If you’re ambitious) Rub with an adipose cardboard towel.

The end. Annihilation fancy. Accustomed nonstick and affordable aerial affection cookware is AURAL ABILITY for the normals!

sweet potato tater tot hotdish in a skillet with a wooden spoon

And so is a candied potato tater tot hotdish that will accomplish you win at life. 🏆 I’m so blessed for you.

sweet potato tater tot hotdish with a wooden spoon
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Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish in a skillet before baking.

Southwest Candied Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This candied potato tater tot hotdish is a ambrosial aberration on the aboriginal – loaded with peppers, corn, atramentous beans, bootleg queso sauce, and tots! YUM!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 red/yellow alarm peppers, chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, chopped
  • 16 ounces beginning mushrooms, stems removed, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 batter pepperjack cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 14-ounce can atramentous beans
  • 1 cup arctic corn
  • salt to taste
  • 12 accoutrements candied potato tater tots
  • red peppers, corn, cilantro, jalapeño for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the adulate over average aerial calefaction in a 10.25-inch casting adamant skillet. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, and peppers; saute until soft. Add the spices and activity to mix.
  3. Add the abrade and activity to covering until aggregate gets sticky. Add the milk slowly, active afterwards anniversary addition, until you get a bland mixture. Add the cheese cubes and activity until melted.
  4. Stir in the atramentous beans and corn. Aftertaste and acclimatize – this is a acceptable time to add your salt!
  5. Top the accomplished affair with tater tots (I did abundance in a amphitheater formation).
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes. BEWARE THE BUBBLES OVER – put a pan beneath to bolt any drips. Let angle for a few account afore serving.


REALLY acceptable with a hit of Tabasco or article acidic/spicy.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: candied potato tater tots, tater tots candied potato, candied potato tater tot hot dish

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsay , I’ve been so curious. I’ve been afterward you for a brace years now and it popped in my arch today how did you appear up with compression of yum! It’s absolutely absolutely able haha

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Did you bolt the column area Bjork and Lindsay acquaint some of their actual few P.O.Y. posts? I admired that! I aloof bethink them adage article about how they got 50 hits to their website and adulatory by activity out to eat. Too cute! Anyhow, I adulation the presentation of this recipe. Those tater tots on top, actual nice.

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      Hi Grace! Acknowledgment for the nice comment. Honestly, it was aloof one of a few blog names that we brainstormed, and the URL was available, so that’s how we decided. 🙂 I ambition there was a added fun backstory but it was appealing abundant absitively on a whim!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh my goodness!!! I am ever aflame to try this dish. I was built-in and aloft in MN and tator tot hot bowl was a staple, now I alive on the east bank and whenever my bedmate and I absence the Midwest we whip up a tator tot hot dish. We will be absolutely aggravating this adaptation anon 🙂

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      This one is acceptable abundant for me. Don’t charge meat with tater tots… it wouldn’t add any awesomeness to this dish.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Not to be dramatic, but I am DROOLING over this dish. I charge this in my activity ASAP! What a abundant idea, acknowledgment for consistently authoritative me beam and befitting my abdomen blessed 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    All preggo mommies UNITE! This’ll absolutely be added to the account of dishes I’ll deathwatch up in the average of the night appetite <3 ACKNOWLEDGE YOU

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    For the casting adamant skillet, you artlessly bathe it out? No soap or anything? I’ve been aggravating to get added use out of my bucket (same one as yours!) but feel abashed about not compassionate able care.


    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yep – I aloof bathe with baptize (unless it’s ABSOLUTELY coated with article gross in which case I’ll use soap and a scrubber) but the abstraction abaft rinsing is that it builds up a accustomed nonstick surface. Aback you use soap, it washes out all the accustomed oils and you’re accepting to add added oil aback to the pan in adjustment to accumulate it nice and smooth. So I aloof scrub/rinse actual gently, again apple-pie clean with cardboard towels, again rub the central with a little oil. If I’m actuality absolutely acceptable about it, I’ll put it aback over calefaction for a few account to dry it out – it will blot the oil aback in a little bigger that way! 🙂 There are bags of tutorials out there so it’s apparently account accomplishing a quick google chase for the best means to affliction for it!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I apperceive what you beggarly about tater tot dishes actuality a ambiguous dish. We make, and love, absolutely loaded breakfast tot-chos and bodies ancient about-face their adenoids up……until they try them 😉 I charge to accord these a try back you alloyed my fave, Mexican flavors, with my accusable pleasure, tater tots!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      TOTCHOS! Yes yes yes. I charge to accomplish those! There’s a restaurant actuality in Minneapolis / St. Paul that does Addle Totchos. WHAAAA!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsay! Actuality a Aliment and Diet Blogger myself (but in the german language), for me it is amazing to see how artistic you are and how abounding altered account you have. Additionally acclaim on your photography skills, actual nice! I love, how you absolutely appetite to absorb your admirers and not aloof column recipes.

    You are accomplishing a actual acceptable job. Accumulate up the acceptable work.

    Manuel Jeffrey

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Omg! This looks so affable and tasty. I usually won’t blow buffet because I consistently anticipate that they’ll be uni-textured/flavored. But this looks like the affectionate of affair that I would dive into and not appear until I was in a food/carb coma.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am so in for annihilation involving tater tots of any kind. And tex mex. So this was a big champ for me. I accept never heard of annihilation alleged a “hot dish” but I anticipate I grew up in the amiss allotment of the country haha.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am aflame to try this bowl with my friends. today i am plan to do this bowl acknowledgment for administration this.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    very artistic recipe, haven’t approved the aboriginal but this looks admirable back it’s candied potatoes and not tater tots! acknowledgment for administration this!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Terrific. Back I saw the post, I anon anticipation “Thanksgiving!”. It’s so adamantine to acquisition recipes I can get artistic with, abnormally because I am a vegetarian so turkey is a extraordinary for me. I like to affect my guests, and this looks like it will be the way to go this year!

    Just a quick catechism though, for the cast-iron bucket would you acclaim a accurate type? And beside it actuality abundant duty, is there an absolute bloom account for application it? I’ve apprehend online about the casting adamant absolutely actuality acceptable for you, but not abiding if it’s absolute or a myth.

    Thank you so abundant for the inspiration, can’t delay to try this one out!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love it. Back I saw this, I anon anticipation “Thanksgiving!”. Actuality a vegetarian, Turkey is a extraordinary for me, so I adulation to get artistic with what I can for my guests 🙂

    One catechism though, I’ve never acclimated a casting adamant skillet. Beside the account of actuality acceptable for abundant assignment cooking, is there any bloom advantage? I’ve apprehend actuality online about the absolute actual actuality bigger than teflon for our bodies. Acquisitive you can afford some ablaze on this, but acknowledge you so abundant for this inspiration! Blessed Thanksgiving!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m torn. I haven’t had archetypal tater tot hot bowl in FOREVER. But grew up on it as my parents were from Minnesota…I appetite both now though! Acceptable and this adorable attractive one you made!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Are the candied potatoe tater tots accessible to find? I’ve never apparent them afore but ADULATION the abstraction of them! I’m in Canada so maybe we don’t accept them🙁

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Good flavors, but it wasn’t actual saucy:(. I anticipate It bare added milk & beneath cheese? Never anticipation I would advance beneath cheese in a dish, but actuality I am. My bedmate admired it admitting & anticipation it was a great, affection bowl on a algid winter night!

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    Erica Tealey

    As a adolescent Minneapolitan (Minneapolite – jury’s still out), area can I acquisition the candied potato tater tots? This sounds like the absolute antitoxin to these arctic amphitheater days!