Smothered Potato Tot Nachos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

One 28-ounce bag frozen potato tots

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

1 1/2 cups Perfect Cheese Sauce, recipe follows

1 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup pickled sliced jalapenos

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

1/2 avocado, diced

1/2 cup shredded lettuce, optional

1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon, optional

Perfect Cheese Sauce:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

3 cups milk, heated

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups grated sharp Cheddar

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Arrange the potato tots in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the taco seasoning. Bake according to package instructions. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the potato tots to a large platter, stacking them no more than two high. Pour the Perfect Cheese Sauce over the tots. Garnish with the tomatoes, jalapenos, scallions, cilantro and avocado. Sprinkle with the lettuce and bacon, if using.

Perfect Cheese Sauce:

Yield: 1 quart
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often, until a thick paste forms and turns golden brown. Stir in the taco seasoning and cook 30 seconds more.
  2. Gradually whisk in the milk, adding 1 cup at a time. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer before adding the next. It will be extremely thick at first and will thin with each addition. When all the milk is added bring the sauce to a simmer and cook 5 more minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese.
  3. Remove the sauce from the heat. Add the Cheddar and Parmesan and whisk until smooth. The sauce keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for 6 months. If using from cold, carefully bring the sauce back to a boil before serving.