We absolutely love chili.....and cheese.... and tater tots! This Chili-Cheese Tater Tot Bake is the perfect casserole for comfort food cravings, a great make-ahead meal, or as your go-to potluck dish. 

Chili-Cheese-Dog Tater Tot Bake

You've just found THE BEST Chili-Cheese Tater Tot Bake recipe! This cheesy baked casserole is made with ground beef and makes an easy week night dinner and make-ahead meal. When you take this comfort food casserole to your next potluck dinner, be ready to share the recipe!  #chili #cheesy #tatertot #casserole #baked #easy #dinner #hotdog #potluck 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, casserole, tater tots
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 4 beef hot dogs, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • a bit of canola oil, for browning the sliced hot dogs
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated onion
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz. Hunt's Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce, or use plain tomato sauce and add 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 lb. tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • sour cream, scallions, salsa, for garnish, as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat; add the sliced hot dogs, browning them off on all sides; remove the hot dogs from the skillet and reserve.    

  3. Add the ground beef to skillet, along with granulated onions and spices; crumble the beef, cooking over medium heat until the beef is no longer pink and is fully cooked throughout; drain fats. 

  4. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and ketchup to the ground beef mixture, stirring to combine. Add the reserved hot dogs to the skillet; simmer for a few minutes over medium heat. 

  5. Meanwhile, brown the tater tots on a baking sheet to get them nice and crispy. Place the crispy tater tots into a greased casserole dish; cover the tater tots with the prepared chili mixture.   

  6. Bake, uncovered, on center rack of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until hot throughout.  Sprinkle with cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking time.  Serve garnished with toppings, as desired. 

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