Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos are Tater Tot nachos dismantled into their component parts — we’ve got saucy beef and black beans, sweet potato tots, and all your favorite nacho toppings. This meal is made on one sheet pan with less than 10 ingredients!

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

These Deconstructed Beef Totchos are part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. 

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Stick with me here — I know this is a strange recipe but it has very quickly become a family favorite! It’s unique, and the textures and flavors are incredible. Especially when you consider the ridiculously quick prep time and minimal ingredients needed — thank you store-bought shortcuts!

Instead of layering everything together like traditional totchos (or nachos) we separate them to keep things from getting soggy. We like this deconstructed version much better than piling everything in a heap. Plus, it lends well to potential leftovers (although, we’ve never been so lucky!).

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Once everything is piled onto a plate, you can mix the components as you eat. The beef is (intentionally) quite saucy, so separating or deconstructing the meal keeps the potatoes from getting soft and mushy.

Ingredient shot-- Image of all the ingredients used in this dish

Ingredient shot-- Image of all the ingredients used in this dish

Deconstructed Beef Totchos Ingredients

There are five primary ingredients in this recipe, thanks to some serious store-bought shortcuts. Below is a breakdown of the ingredients.

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Totchos? What??!! Totchos are a mashup of Tots+nachos and are quite trendy if you follow food on the internet. Get it?  Tots…nachos…Totchos?And just to clarify, Tater Tots is a registered trademark of a potato puff made by Ore Ida Foods. We use this term in a generic sense, meaning any potato puff will work.

Process shots-- image of the sweet potato puffs being roasted; prepping the beef; mixing the beef ingredients

Process shots-- image of the sweet potato puffs being roasted; prepping the beef; mixing the beef ingredients

Deconstructed Beef Totchos Ingredients, Continued

  • Black beans. The black beans add flavor and texture, and they also help to stretch the beef a bit further. That makes this meal more filling and satiating without having to spend more money on additional beef.
  • Fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. We love fire-roasted tomatoes (such as Cento Marzano®, Carmelina Marzano Italian®, or Muir Glen®)). This type of tomato is charred over a flame before being crushed and canned. Contact with the flame brings out the tomato’s sweetness and gives a distinct, smoky flavor.  And that means you get more flavor without any extra work!
  • Finely shredded Colby-jack cheese blend. This blend combines Colby and Monterey jack cheeses and tastes amazing with the beef. Bonus — you don’t have to grate any cheese for this recipe!

Process shots-- the beef mixture being baked with the puffs; cheese being added on top

Process shots-- the beef mixture being baked with the puffs; cheese being added on top

Deconstructed Beef Totchos Tools Needed

  • An extra-large sheet pan. To have room for all the sweet potato puffs and the pan holding the beef mixture, I recommend using a (this) 15×21 inch sheet pan for Deconstructed Beef Totchos. If you don’t have an extra-large pan, you may need to divide ingredients into two separate pans.
  • This is the 8×8-inch pan we use for the saucy beef mixture. Any similar-sized oven-safe dish will work great here!

Process shots-- Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Process shots-- Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos Toppings

In keeping true to delivering back-to-school recipe lifesavers, we want to keep the toppings as simple as possible! Our two must-haves: a ripe avocado (or guacamole) and sour cream (we use lite or fat-free to keep things on the lighter side). Look below for some other topping ideas:

  • A drizzle of fresh lime to add in some freshness and a touch of acidity
  • Some fresh cilantro to bring in freshness and a citrusy-vibrancy
  • Diced cherry tomatoes or a quick pico de gallo

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If you’re having a hard time finding ripe avocados, try this product! The only listed ingredient is mashed Hass avocados (it’s not guacamole, just mashed ripe avocados).

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

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Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos are Tater Tot nachos dismantled into its component parts — we’ve got saucy beef and black beans, sweet potato puffs, and all your favorite nacho toppings. This meal is made on one sheet pan with less than 10 ingredients!

Deconstructed Beef Totchos

Deconstructed Beef Totchos are Tater Tot nachos dismantled into its component parts — we’ve got saucy beef and black beans, sweet potato puffs, and all your favorite nacho toppings. This meal is made on one sheet pan with less than 10 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs (20 oz.; 566g EACH) Sweet potato puffs recommended: Alexia Crispy Bite-Size Sweet Potato Puffs
  • 1 pkg (15 oz.; 425g) prepared barbacoa meat mixture recommended: Del Real Foods Del Real Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa
  • 1 can (15.25 oz.; 432g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup (75g) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup (95g) Colby Jack cheese blend finely shredded
  • For serving: guacamole or diced ripe avocado and sour cream (fat-free or lite works great!)
  • Optional: fresh lime, cilantro

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an extra-large (15×21-inch) sheet pan (or 2 smaller ones) with nonstick spray. Add both bags of tots to the sprayed pan. Space evenly on pan and bake for 10 minutes.

  • BEEF: Meanwhile, open the beef and add all the beef (and liquids) in an 8×8-inch pan. Add drained and rinsed black beans and 1/3 cup of the drained tomatoes on top. Mix, break apart beef (with a wooden spoon) and spread in an even layer. Once the potatoes have baked for 10 minutes, flip them with a spatula and then make room to nestle the beef-filled pan on the sheet pan. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove, toss potato puffs around again and then sprinkle cheese evenly on the beef mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 5-7 more minutes or until cheese is melted, beef is fully warmed through, and tots are tender.

  • SERVE: Serve by spooning potato puffs out on plates with cheesy beans and beef on the side and add toppings of choice (we love sour cream and guacamole or a diced ripe avocado). If desired, drizzle some lime on everything and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information does not include optional toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1014kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 3208mg | Potassium: 1542mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 796mg | Iron: 7mg

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