Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Loaded Tatchos

Let me just start by apologizing. 
I'm sorry but I'm not even sorry.
These. Are. Amazeballs.
Yeah, that's right, I said amazeballs. That's a thing.
Know what else is a thing?
Using tater tots to make nachos. 
Whyyyyyyyyyyy did no one tell me this? Oh my gosh. 
I decided to usher out 2013 with a calorie filled extravaganza as tomorrow, being the new year, will mean new resolutions, more veggie eating, lose weight, get in shape, blah blah blah. 
I know, I know...don't even get me started on resolutions. 
Yes, I make them. Yes, I do the whole new-year-new-start thing. I'm one of those people. 
Go ahead and judge me...I'll be over here eating my tatchos.

Loaded Tatchos

1 bag tater tots

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 Tbsp taco seasoning
green pepper, diced 
tomato, diced
green onion, diced

Cheese Sauce
250 gr box of Velveeta cheese
1/4 cup 1% milk

Spicy Cream Cheese Sauce
4 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp jalapeno jelly 

Preheat oven to 450. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
Spread tater tots evenly on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, give the cookie sheet a good shake to flip over the tater tots. Return the tater tots to the oven for another 10 - 15 minutes, until crispy.
While tater tots are cooking - place a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Cook the ground beef and onion together until the beef is no longer pink. Drain off the excess fat.
Sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir well. Keep warm.
Make the spicy cream cheese sauce - in a small, microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese for about 15 - 20 seconds to soften. Whisk in the sour cream until smooth. Add in the jalapeno jelly.

Whisk until smooth. Set aside until ready to assemble your tatchos.

Make the cheese sauce - in a small, microwave safe bowl, heat the Velveeta for about 30 seconds to start it melting. Add the milk, a little at a time, whisking well between additions, until smooth. You may have to heat in microwave for an additional 20 seconds or so to be able to whisk it smooth. If it solidifies too much just heat it for 10 - 15 seconds to get it melty again.

Assemble your tatchos - Place a good handful of tater tots on a plate. Top with a generous spoonful of the cooked beef.

Then drizzle with a generous amount of cheese sauce.

Top with a good amount of your favorite toppings (green pepper, tomato, green onion). 

But wait...there's more! 
Add another layer of tater tots, beef, and cheese sauce. Top with a big scoop of the spicy cream sauce.

Then, for good measure, add on some more toppings (green pepper, tomato, green onions). 

Revel in the gloriousness that is now on your plate.

I can't tell you how many serving sizes this makes. Let's just go with it probably makes way more servings than what we had. I mean, if it's wrong to eat 1/3 of a bag of tater tots covered in beef and cheese sauce and cream cheese and toppings then I don't want to be right. 
Until 2014, that is. In 2014 I will be way more judge-y because I will be on a resolution high and therefore will be able to shake my finger at the people who want to indulge in such ridiculousness. 
*tsk tsk* people *tsk tsk*

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  1. It can't be all bad. You have lean meat in there. Protein, protein, protein. :) Oh and Veggies!

  2. I love this! So good :)