Tater Tot Taco Pizza is a mouthwatering combo of two of your favorite eats: tacos and pizza! The tater tot crust makes this dinner recipe even more fun.
There is a pizza shop in our area that makes some fun versions of the classic pizza and one of them in a Taco Pizza.
I already have a Taco Pizza recipe on my website but I wanted to make another version with a yummy twist. Instead of the traditional pizza crust, I made a tater tot crust for this Tater Tot Taco Pizza!
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How To Make Tater Tot Taco Pizza
Step One: Tater Tots
Cover the bottom and sides of a greased 12-inch cast iron skillet or oven-safe pan with tater tot crowns (these are the round, flat tater tots) Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
Step Two: Toppings
While the tater tots are baking, brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add water, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, and minced onion. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, until thickened.
Remove the tater tots from the oven and flatten them with a spatula. Top with one cup of shredded cheese and the taco meat mixture.
Drizzle with taco sauce. Finish it off with another cup of shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes at 425°.
Step Three: Garnish
Remove from the oven and top with shredded lettuce, crushed Doritos or tortilla chips, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
This delicious Tater Tot Taco Pizza can easily be customized to include all of your favorite taco add-ins from black beans and peppers to sour cream and cilantro.
Tater Tot Taco Pizza Recipe FAQs
1. Can this be made in a 9×13″ pan instead?
Yes, you can make it in a 9×13″ pan but keep in mind that you will probably need more ingredients to cover the pan.
2. Would this work on a cookie sheet? If you want to go the cookie sheet route, I would suggest using one with sides since this recipe is a kind of greasy and you don’t want the grease to run off of the pan into your oven.
3. Can I use regular tater tots instead of the crownies? Yes, it will just be a bit more bumpy.
4. Can I use hashbrowns instead of tater tots? If you mean hashbrown patties or rectangles, those would work. As far as shredded hashbrowns go, they would probably work for the bottom but wouldn’t be very crispy.
5. Do I have to use a cast iron pan? No, I used mine to help get the tater tots crispy but you can use another casserole dish of your choice.
You say a 30 ounce bag and you only use one layer of the rounds, but there is no way 30 ounces fit in the cast iron skillet. And the “crust” is very thin and there’s nothing to it. Maybe next time I would make a double layer on the bottom. That might use 30 ounces.
Yes, it is a thin crust. I think we had some leftovers in the bag, but a smaller bag wouldn’t have enough. A double layer would be delicious! I’ll have to give that a try. You could even put cheese between the layers! Another idea for a thicker crust would be to use full-size tater tots.
Have you tried this with other fillings?
I think the only one I have so far is a breakfast pizza: https://www.thegunnysack.com/tater-tot-breakfast-pizza/ I’ve been meaning to make more flavors but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
This was a fun idea but it really didn’t work out for us with the crust.
Made this tonight, it was a hit with everyone. Thank you.
Does it have to be cooked in a cast iron skillet
I made it in a cookie sheet. Turned out just fine.
I make it in a 9×13 baking dish
Wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to go over with my family. Everyone, especially my mother-in-law, are picky eaters. Surprisingly everyone loved it. It was quick, simple, and different. I will definitely be making it again.
Jean lange says
I wish these receipe , you can print them right away. I put them in share then ,I never use them . PRINT OFF would be nice Thanks
All of my recipes can be printed. If you look at the recipe card near the bottom of the blog post there is a gray print button directly below the small photo. Here is the printable one for this recipe: http://www.thegunnysack.com/easyrecipe-print/17159-0/ Enjoy!
I tried printing this recipe. The link says it no longer exists. I hit the print symbol under the recipe, it came up in a printable form but didn’t have anything from this point that said print. So I was unable to print the recipe.
Hi Teresa! Not sure what’s going on. It’s showing up for me. How about you send me an email and I’ll respond with the address so that you can print it from your email. email@example.com
I copy them and email them to myself so I can print them out Just highlight the recipe, hit control C, them open you email and hit control V and send it to yourself.
Connie keller says
I do not have a cast iron pan could you use a 9 x13 glass pan? Or would it not work in it?
Yes, that would work as well! I’m not sure if the ingredient amounts would be the same. You might need a little more of everything. Best of luck! ~Tonia
I have made this in a 9×13 and it is just as good this way too. Yes will need extra of the ingredients but it is super delicious made either way.
I am making this today, I see to smash the bottom tots, but not the sides right? The the side and bottom tot walls stick together? or will it all just fall apart? thanks!
Yes, I smashed them on the sides too. Best of luck!
Justin Swartz says
How do you make it though
I cook for a summer camp and I’m always looking for fun lunch ideas that the kids will eat. Can’t wait to test this out.
Very good and easy to make…..My daughter loved it!!!!
This looks really good we r going to make it this coming weekend the kids keep asking me to make it
Claire Townsend says
Are tater tots mini hash brown? We don’t have tater tots on the UK. 😊
Yes! I imagine they are the same thing with a different name. Enjoy! ~Tonia
Tator tots are basically formed hash browns, so yes.
You don’t have tator tots in the Uk? Your missing out they are so so so good
Crispy crowns? Yeah they are like little hash browns!! Funny how stuff is different in different countries!! Would love to visit!!
Caron Small says
I know that you posted this comment some time ago now but I just thought I would let you know that I found tater tots in my local Lidl store here in the UK and I got a tad excited! If you don’t have a branch of Lidl nearby then maybe other supermarkets will have them now. I’m thinking that as Asda is owned by walmart and Morrisons is being taken over by an American company, you might be able to find them there! I’ve found a number of recipes using tater tots on the internet which I wanted to try and couldn’t cos I couldn’t find the main ingredient in UK shops and then one day I spied them when I as just browsing and grabbed a pack quick!! Hope you are able to find them!
Have you ever froze this?
I’ve never tried freezing it. I have a really small freezer so I rarely freeze meals. Since this recipe involves multiple steps in the baking process, I would suggest freezing it after the final baking, but before adding the toppings.
Best of luck!
I’m obsessed with this!
How delicious and easy! My husband loves tater tots and tacos so this will be his favorite!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed says
Love the colors!
I can’t wait to try this! It has everything I love! And my family loves! thx!
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says
This looks so good! Tater tot crust is genius!
Kristen Chidsey says
Tonia–my taco loving little Tater Tot (my son’s name is Tate) will go crazy for this dish. Pinned~
Not sure what tater tot crowns are living in Australia I have never heard of them
Is there something else I can use instead….
Hi Jane! Tater Tots are basically small balls of hash browns or potato bits. Bird’s Eye Australia sells a product called Golden Crunch Potato Gems that is similar http://birdseye.com.au/our-range/frozen-potato/gems-hash-browns-and-potato-snacks The “tater tot crowns” I used are a flatter version but those should work too. Best of luck! ~Tonia
In Australia, they are known as “potato gems”, “potato royals” or “potato pom-poms”
They r just flat hasbrowns also called hashrounds u can cut the tator tot in half long ways