Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Tatchos

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A picture of the fiesta ranch chicken tatchos prepared, on a plate, with a bad of Kraft shredded cheese in the background.

Football season is FINALLY here!  It just figures that opening day fell on the same day that we were traveling home from Myrtle Beach.  I knew we could possibly miss the first half so I logged into my provider, on my phone, and set our favorite team's game to record. If we fast forwarded through commercials we could catch up with the live stream in no time.   Since that was taken care of, I had to think of some great foodball food that wouldn't take a lot of time to prepare.  That's where the inspiration for Totcho Sunday came from!  And I can't think of a faster or tastier way to eat totchos than with my Fiesta Ranch Chicken Totchos!  What are totchos you ask?  Well, instead of using a tortilla chip for the base of your nachos, you use some delicious Ore Ida tater tots!  Oh believe me it's a GAME CHANGER and I can't wait to share with you how I whipped up this football delicacy in just minutes!  The first thing I had to do was run into Walmart to pick up the items that I needed.  I grabbed  bag of Kraft Mexican Four Cheese Blend Shredded Cheese, a bag of Ore Ida Tater Tots, a bottle of Kraft Ranch Dressing, some taco seasoning, and a rotisserie chicken from the deli.

A picture of the cheese, tater tots, and ranch dressing at Wal-Mart.

  Now it's time to head home and get this party started!

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Totchos:
*Prep Time: 24 min.  *Cook Time: 2-3 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy *Servings:  8-10


The ingredients needed for the tatchos.

  • 1 1 lb. Bag of Ore Ida Tater Tots
  • 1 24 oz. Bag of Kraft Mexican Four Cheese Blend, Shredded
  • 1 8 oz. Bottle of Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing
  • 1 1 oz. Package of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken from the Deli
  • Real Bacon Bits
  • Kraft Sour Cream
  • Chopped Scallions
To begin you will need to preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 

A picture of the frozen tater tots being poured onto a baking sheet.

Next I like to line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.  It makes for a quick clean up.
Now pour the Ore Ida tater tots onto the lined baking sheet, in a single layer and place into the preheated oven for 24 minutes.

A picture of a bowl with shredded chicken in it.

While the tater tots are cooking, you will need to pick the chicken from the rotisserie chicken you purchased from the deli and place it into a mixing bowl.

I love the convenience of the rotisserie chicken for things like this because it's already cooked and hot, so it cuts prep time way down.

A picture of the picked chicken bones.

But don't throw away those bones!  NO WAY!  Place them into a resealable bag and put them in the freezer.  You can use it to make some DELICIOUS stock later!

A picture of shredded chicken, in a bowl, with ranch dressing being poured over it.

Now, back to the chicken we picked.
Add the entire 8 oz. bottle of Kraft ranch dressing to it.

A picture of the shredded chicken and ranch in a bowl, with a palm full of bacon bits being poured into it.

Now add a palm full of REAL bacon bits to the bowl as well.
Yes, I could have made my own bacon bits in the oven, BUT this is all about a quick dish, so cut those corners where you can.  Trust me, it's going to taste great!

The taco seasoning being added to the chicken mixture.

Now add the taco seasoning to the bowl.

I like to get the low sodium variety.  You will notice that I am not adding any salt or pepper to this dish.  That is because it has all the seasoning it needs with the taco seasoning.

A picture of everything mixed together in a bowl.

Now mix everything together.

A picture of the shredded cheese being added to the bowl of chicken mixture.

To make this chicken mixture even better you will add about a cup of the Kraft shredded cheese and stir that into the chicken mixture as well.

A picture of two football plates on a baking sheet.

I found these adorable and LARGE football shaped paper plates at Walmart for $1.97, so I picked them up as well. 

I placed two of the plates onto a baking sheet and I'll tell you why.  I can finish one off in the oven (as you will see in a minute) and have one on stand by for when I run out!  Genius, I know!!  *lol* 

However, you don't HAVE to get these plates.  You can simply assemble the totchos on the baking dish you cooked the tater tots on.  I am just all about the cute.  

A picture of the cooked tater tots on a baking sheet.

by now it will be time to take the cooked tater tots out of the oven.
I just love crispy potatoes, don't you?

Go ahead and turn the oven off at this point.

A picture of the two football plates, on a baking sheet, filled with the cooked tater tots.

Now you can assemble your totchos!

Place a single layer of tater tots on the bottom of the plate.

A picture of the two football plates, on a baking sheet, with the tater tots and chicken mixture.

Next spread a layer of the chicken and ranch mixture over the tater tots.

A picture of the two football plates, on a baking sheet, filled with tater tots, chicken mixture, and shredded cheese.

Now top with cheese and ...

The two football plates, on a baking sheet, filled with tater tots, chicken mixture, shredded cheese, and topped with real bacon bits.

Some more real bacon bits.
These are going to get nice and crispy in the oven just you wait!

Now place the baking sheet with the plates into the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt all the way.

The oven will still be hot from cooking the tater tots, but not hot enough to burn the paper plates.

A picture of the finished tatchos topped with sour cream and chopped scallions.

Once you take the totchos out of the oven you can top them with some creamy Kraft sour cream and chopped scallions.  Now who wouldn't want to devour that during a football game?

I'll tell you this much, I had to nearly check my husband a time or two as I was bringing this to the living room!

A picture of a tatcho with all of the toppings between my fingers.

I can't even being to tell you how delicious these little morsels are, but hang on and I'll do my best.  *lol*

Oh my word!  The zestiness of the chicken and ranch mixture balances perfectly with the bacon and cheese! The Kraft sour cream cools down the spice from the taco seasoning.  And the tater tots...OH THE TOTS...they are the PERFECT base for this mouthwatering football treat!

A close-up image of the finished tatchos.

See football food doesn't have to be over-thought, fussy, or time consuming.  Some of the best recipes come from simple things you can throw together in a pinch.  I would love to hear about all the ways you use Kraft to make your tailgate parties super simple, and for more ideas like this one, click HERE   Oh, and don't forget to check out the game time demo at your local Walmart on 9/26!  I hope to see you there.

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~