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What’s better than nachos? Replacing chips with tater tots & creating Tochos, that’s what! My Green Chile Tochos with ground beef are perfect for game day.

tater tot casserole with ground beef and cheese

You’re kicking yourself for not thinking of nachos + tater tots already, aren’t you?  Kind of genius, right? My inspiration for this recipe came from my college days. I lived in New Mexico and actually refused to eat green chile for the longest time purely out of principle. You see, people in New Mexico have a love affair with green chile that I thought was extreme, so I decided to fight the current and not go along with this green chile love affair. That was until I was working on a very long and complicated senior project where we actually had to design a fuel cell for an electric car. This was long before electric cars were on the road, so it required some serious brain power. Anyway, my project partner, Edmund, took me to some restaurant and we ordered the most perfect thing. I have no idea what it was called, but it was fries smothered in ground beef, green chile, and cheese sauce. It was amazing and I have had an ongoing craving for that very meal for 15+ years. That is one of the reasons I thought these Green Chile Tochos were so awesome. That, combined with the fact that I thought they would make perfect game day grub, made me very happy.

tater tots in baking pan

You start by cooking your tater tots in the oven. I used a casserole dish rather than a baking sheet because I new all the cheesy goodness would get out of control if I didn’t have a dish big enough to contain it.

shredded cheese on casserole

Then, the magic happens. I layered my toppings, starting with the shredded cheese. I wanted to position it right in between the hot tots and the cooked ground beef.

cooked ground beef and onion over cheese and tater tots

Then, you smother everything with your oh-so-delicious green chile cheese sauce.

cheese sauce on top of tater tot casserole

Heat everything back up in the oven to get it extra hot and bubbly, and you have the perfect game day grub. Here’s the best part – no matter what time the game comes on, these delicious tochos taste amazing. Early morning tailgating?  No problem!  I served our leftovers with some fried eggs on top and some sliced avocado and it sent my taste buds to heaven and back! Seriously, this stuff is freaking delicious!

A close up of tater tot casserole with ground beef and cheese

Green Chile Tochos

Prep15 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Total55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
What’s better than nachos? Replacing chips with tater tots & creating Tochos, that’s what! My Green Chile Tochos with ground beef are perfect for game day.


  • 32 ounces Tater Tots
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 24 ounces cheddar cheese grated, divided
  • 1 cup green chile chopped


  • Bake Tater Tots on in 13×9 baking dish according to package instructions.
  • While tater tots are cooking, brown onion and ground beef in large saute pan over medium high heat until fully cooked, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  • To make cheese sauce, start by making a roux by cooking the butter and flour in a medium saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Add milk and whisk to combine. Continue to cook and whisk until gravy thickens, about 5 minutes. Add half of the shredded cheese, remove from heat, and stir until melted. Add green chile. Keep cheese sauce warm until ready to use.
  • When tater tots are done cooking, remove from oven. Spread remaining shredded cheese over tots, followed by ground beef mixture, followed by green chile cheese sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and return to hot oven to heat through and melt cheese shreds, about 5-10 minutes.


Calories: 749kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 1153mg, Potassium: 597mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 989IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 676mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. What is chopped shredded cheese. You say use entire bag of cheese in casserole, then how much do you use in cheese sauce?

              1. The directions say to sprinkle some cheese on the tots and then cheese in the sauce. How should the cheese be divided?

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. Wow! Definitely comfort food, but we wanted something warm and different and this fit the bill. The cheese sauce almost is like queso dip! It’s not something I’ll make often because frankly, I’m pretty sure that would put me into an early grave (lol) but it was tasty!

    I did change one thing, I added salt and pepper to taste to the cheese sauce. Not much salt, but definitely some fresh ground black pepper. I feel like it helped the chiles stand out a little more.