Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Seven Layer Ore-Ida Totchos Dip | A Recipe

A recipe made with Ore-Ida tater tots!
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A staple in my house when I was a kid growing up was tater tots.  They were quick, easy to prepare, and most kids liked them.  Typically, they serve as a side dish for chicken nuggets or cheeseburgers, so I thought I'd feature these little potato bites as the star in this recipe.

A recipe made with Ore-Ida tater tots!

Ore-Ida recently coined the term "totchos" for nachos made with tater tots. Although there are a variety of interpretations you can take from this word, I decided to go with one of my favorite tex-mex dishes - seven layer dip!
A recipe made with Ore-Ida tater tots!

Seven Layer Ore-Ida Totchos Dip 
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • Ore-Ida tater tots, 1 frozen bag
  • cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, shredded, as desired
  • sour cream, as desired
  • salsa, as desired
  • refried beans, 1 can
  • guacamole, as desired
  • optional: ground beef or turkey, sliced lettuce, diced tomatoes, pico de gallo
  • salt and pepper
The first order of business is to cook your tater tots, according to package instructions, until they are crisp and heated through.  When they come out of the oven, season to taste with salt and pepper.  

There are two different ways you can put your totchos together: bake the ingredients in a casserole-style dish or assemble the ingredients on your plate.  I chose to go more on the casserole route, so after my potatoes were cooked, I spread a can of refried beans on the bottom of a 9x13 dish, then filled the dish with the tater tots and topped it with cheese.  If you are adding cooked ground beef or turkey to your recipe, you'll want to sprinkle it under the cheese.  Spoon a little salsa on top of the cheese and pop into a 350° oven for about 10-15 minutes until your cheese is melted.


A recipe made with Ore-Ida tater tots!

At this point, you'll scoop a serving onto your plate and assemble the rest of the ingredients to your liking.  If you prefer not to go the casserole route, you'd do this step after your potatoes are done cooking.  

You can add any toppings you enjoy on your nachos.  These are really customizable and easy to try new flavors with.  Check out some other totchos recipes here.

Hope you enjoy!

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