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Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole is a twist on a family favorite recipe.  Homemade chili, cheese, hot dogs, tater tots….need I say more?!?!

chili cheese tater tot casserole in a dish

Chili Dog Casserole

I grew up eating tater tot casserole, and it was a childhood favorite.  My brother and I always cleaned our plates with this meal.  My mom often put mixed vegetables in her tater tot casserole.

I guess it was a way to get us to eat more veggies.

Almost everyone has a recipe for the original tater tot casserole so I thought I would make a different version.  Well, a completely different version! This tater tot hot dog casserole is a fun twist!

If you’ve been looking for more casseroles, be sure to try my Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Corn Casserole, Upside Down Pizza Casserole, and Chicken and Stuffing Casserole.

Why You’ll Love Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

  • Satisfying
  • Fun and Delicious
  • Kids and Adults Love It!
  • Comfort Food
  • 10 Ingredients
  • Hot dog tater tot casserole is great for entertaining too!
chili dog casserole on a plate

How To Make Chili Tater Tot Casserole

Step 1: Prep the baking dish

Start by preheating the oven. Grease a baking dish and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the chili

Brown the ground beef and drain. Then mix in the chili beans, tomato sauce, hot dog slices, and seasonings. Stir well.

Step 3: Assemble

Place chili in the baking dish. Sprinkle with onions and cheese. Add tater tots and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with more cheese, then bake the tater tot hot dog casserole for an additional 3-5 minutes. Serve the chili dog casserole and enjoy!

plate filled with chili cheese tater tot casserole

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make chili tater tot casserole with canned chili?

Yes, in a pinch you can use canned chili for this chili dog casserole. You are going to have the best results making homemade chili, but it’s completely up to you. Honestly, this hot dog tater tot casserole is pretty amazing either way!

How do you store leftover tater tot hot dog casserole?

After the chili cheese tater tot casserole has cooled down completely, add it to a food container. Add a tight fitting lid and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How do you reheat hot dog tater tot casserole?

You can reheat leftovers in the microwave or oven. For the microwave, place on a microwave safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Heat for 1-2 minutes, stir, and continue heating until hot.

For the oven, preheat to 350 degrees and warm the chili tater tot casserole for 10-15 minutes or until hot.

5 from 4 votes
Chili Dog Tater Tot Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Chili Dog Tater Tot Casserole is a twist on a family favorite recipe. Chili, cheese, hot dogs, tater tots….need I say more?!?!
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tater tot casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 413 kcal
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (15oz) can chili beans
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 hot dogs cut into small bites
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 (32oz) package tater tots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish, set aside.
  2. CHILI: Brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain completely. Add in chili beans, tomato sauce, hot dogs and seasonings. Stir to combine.
  3. ASSEMBLY: Spoon chili into prepared dish. Sprinkle chopped onions on top then sprinkle 2 cups cheddar on top. Arrange tater tots on top of the cheddar (the whole package may not be used). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes just to melt the cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Chili Dog Tater Tot Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 621mg27%
Potassium 393mg11%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 427mg43%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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39 thoughts on “Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole”

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a way to use up leftover chili (trying to stretch the grocery budget amidst rising food costs!), and came across your recipe. It was definitely a hit, my spouse went up for 2nds & 3rds- and took the last portion in his lunch today. This recipe is going into our “keepers” file for sure! Thanks for the recipe:)

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    • Thanks for sharing and so glad you liked it! I am hoping to post more recipes to help stretch the grocery budget because the food prices are getting crazy!!

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  2. 5 stars
    You are just too, too nice! 😁 We do forget though that there are cooks who follow a recipe EXACTLY and don’t understand they can adapt to their family preferences, and those that use them as a guideline and “tweak” it a little. I made your recipe this morning and cooked the onions with the hamburger, basically to hide them from eyes that would spy them and not be happy 😉.
    We will be eating later today, but I have an eye for good recipes, and this is one! Thank you!

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  3. How stupid. I wanted a hot dog cass with tater tots. This is a HAMBURGER cass with just 4 hot dogs?????? Not what was advertised!!!!

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      • You are just too, too nice! 😁 We do forget though that there are cooks who follow a recipe EXACTLY and don’t understand they can adapt to their family preferences, and those that use them as a guideline and “tweak” it a little. I made your recipe this morning and cooked the onions with the hamburger, basically to hide them from eyes that would spy them and not be happy 😉.
        We will be eating later today, but I have an eye for good recipes, and this is one! Thank you!

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  4. 5 stars
    I am gonna make this as soon as I get to the store to buy some hotdogs cause I am all out. My husband and I both love chili dogs.

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    • I can’t say for sure but I think 2 cans would be enough. Thanks for asking and sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Hope you enjoy!

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    • I haven’t made this from frozen so I can’t say for sure but I would guess at least an hour. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

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  5. I love the original tater tot casserole. I raised my kids on it. Now, it’s just the 2 of us and I can’t wait to try this. My husband is all over anything that taste like a chili dog. Thanks

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  6. We had this for supper tonight and it was delicious! My wife said it needed just a little more heat, so may use HOT chili beans rather than the mild ones we used. Maybe add a package of chili seasoning.

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  7. Tater tot casserole WAS my childhood, but adding the chili dog twist takes this to a whole other level! My kids are going to go bananas over this!

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