Hamburger Taco Meat LEFTOVERS – Ideas

2010 May 19

I need some new ideas for Taco Meat Leftovers?

We’re stuck in the leftover carousel, round and round we go. Making the same things over and over. Does this happen to you? The same 10 meals month after month? BORRR-ing.

We are in sad taco mode. Please save us!

Here’s what Google thinks:

  • Make a fast and easy crock pot chilli.


nachos cheese and meat sauce


One of my FAVORITE ways to use Taco Meat
How about Taco Salad with a Doritos Crunch?!

Green Goddess Style (I’ve never tried it that way)
Catalina Style Taco Salad from my friend Julie over at

I finally settled on…

Tater Tot Taco Casserole

This had me stumped. I saw a recommendation somewhere but no real recipe… so I made one up!

First the Tater Tot Layer:

I baked them first so they would stay a little crispier longer.

Then the Meat Layer:

  • Leftover hamburger seasoned taco meat. (Mine has onions cooked in it)
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • Small can green chilies
  • 15oz can petite chopped tomatoes (drained a bit first)
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Warm the whole mixture in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then spread over the Tater Tots.

And of course the CHEESE Layer:

Grab a big handful of whatever shredded cheese you have on hand.  I had mild cheddar.

Basically warm up in the oven until the cheese is melted, everything else is already cooked.

Serve with lettuce/tomato/sour cream/salsa/ranch… !

My kiddos loved it!

Thanks to the Twitter community who came through for me when I was trying to get off the boring Leftover carousel…

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4 Responses
  1. May 20, 2010

    taco meat leftovers allows for so many adaptations. Great list!
    Twitter: justprecious

  2. May 21, 2010

    Wow!!!! I totally missed the memo that you had moved. I just thought you were on a blogging hiatus or something. I will make a note of your new address. Hope all is going well. Thanks for the recipe ideas!

  3. May 21, 2010

    Loving all these ideas. It’s time we changed up how we use taco meat too.

  4. April 15, 2012

    I’m just noticing this post! I’m so late! Great list of recipes though and thanks for including me!
    Twitter: myhomemadehappy

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