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Loaded Totchos (hash brown bites)

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We all love loaded nachos, but have you ever had loaded totchos?This is my version of the massively popular loaded totchos from Disney World. Crispy hash brown bites (also known as tater tots or potato barrels) topped with my quick Tex-Mex chilli, lots of cheese, sour cream, spring onions (scallions) and finished off with lightly crushed tortilla chips.I could eat this every single day.

If you didn’t know, we’re a family of Disney nerds, yes I know! We have the Spirit Jerseys, the Loungefly bags, listen to the music at home, and believe it or not we actually have room sprays that smell like the different resorts at Disney World – which is possibly our favourite place on earth! Plus my husband and my daughter are always competing over who knows the most obscure Disney facts. 😆

I love recreating some of our favourite Disney food, like the Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls! (and there may be more coming soon! 😉) They were so delicious and brought me right back to walking down Main Street with the fireworks!

This is my copycat version of the famous Totchos from Woody’s lunchbox in Hollywood Studios, Disney World.

📋 Ingredients

Tex-Mex Chilli

Minced Beef – I’m using 10%-15% fat minced beef because that little bit of extra fat helps to elevate all the flavours of the dish!

Salt – I only used a little bit of salt in the beginning as there is salt in both the stock cube and possibly the Fajita seasoning depending on the brand. You can always add more during the simmering stage if you need it.

Fajita Seasoning – This can be found at most supermarkets in the spices section. If you can’t find it, then taco seasoning also works, but it’s usually a little spicier, with a bit more of an oregano taste. Or you could replace with Cajun seasoning, which is also a little spicer (spicier than both the fajita and taco seasoning).

Hash brown bites and fixings

Hash Brown Bites – These tasty little morsels are barrel-style hash brown bites. There are a few places where you can find them in the UK:

Freezer section of Sainsburys (Sainsbury’s own version)

Freezer section of Tesco for the Birds eye version.

Morrisons do a smaller mini-hash brown bites version in the freezer section.

You can also find cheesy hash brown bites (which will work fine) in the freezer section of Iceland and Morrisons.

Tortilla Chips – We used plain, lightly salted tortilla chips to add that crunch factor, any brand will do, Doritos will also work great!

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Cook the hash brown bites in the oven or air fryer as per the pack instructions.

Meanwhile, make the chilli (see the recipe card).

Once they’re cooked, take the hash brown bites out of the oven and divide between 4 bowls. Top them with the chilli.

Sprinkle on the cheese, add some soured cream, and sprinkle on the crumbled tortilla chips and spring onions (scallions) and serve.

Pro Tip

When making the chilli, use the water to swill out the passata jar, then add to the pan – so you get every drop of passata in there.

Although I’ve photographed it here on a large sharing tray, I absolutely recommend dividing between individual bowls to prevent fights! No-one shares this dish fairly! 😆

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The slightly spicy, tangy flavours of the chilli pair so well with the crispy, golden hash brown bites!

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Cook the hash brown bites in the oven or air fryer as per the pack instructions (this is usually about 20-22 minutes in the oven or 15 minutes in the air fryer).700 g (1.5lb) hash brown bites (or potato barrels/tater tots in USA)While the hash brown bites are cooking, make the chilli. Add the oil to a frying pan (skillet) over a med-high heat.1 tbsp oilAdd the minced beef, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes until the beef is browned breaking up any large bits as you cook the beef.500 g (1.1 lb) minced beef (10-15% fat), ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepperAdd the onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and garlic and fry for a further 5 minutes, stirring often.1 onion peeled and finely diced, 1 red bell pepper deseeded and finely diced, 1 yellow bell pepper deseeded and finely diced, 3 cloves minced garlic peeled and mincedAdd the fajita seasoning, smoked paprika, beef stock cube, hot sauce, and tomato puree and cook for another 2 minutes stirring continuously.3 tbsp Fajita seasoning mix, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 beef stock cube crumbled, 2 tbsp hot pepper sauce I use Franks hot sauce, 2 tbsp tomato pureeAdd the passata, black beans, sugar, and water. Stir everything together, bring to a simmer, turn down the heat and cook for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.400 g (14 oz) jar passata, 400 g (14 oz) tin black beans drained, 120 ml (1/2 cup) water, 1 tsp light brown sugarBy now the hash brown bites should be ready.Divide the hash brown bites between 4 bowls. Top with the chilli.Sprinkle on the cheese, add a tablespoon of sour cream to each bowl, then sprinkle on the tortilla chips and spring onions and serve.100 g (1 packed cup) grated mixed cheese (I use a mixture of cheddar and red Leicester), 4 tbsp sour cream, 30 g (1 oz) plain tortilla chips, lightly crushed, 3 spring onions

Where to find barrel-style hash brown bites in the UK:

Freezer section of Sainsburys (Sainsbury’s own version)
Freezer section of Tesco for the Birds eye version.
Morrisons do a smaller mini-hash brown bites version in the freezer section.
You can also find cheesy hash brown bites (which will work fine) in the freezer section of Iceland and Morrisons.

Can I make it ahead?
You can make the chilli ahead!  Make the dish, but don’t add the cheese, hash brown bites or other toppings. Once cooked, cool quickly, cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Cook the hash brown bites in the oven or air fryer as per the packet instructions, then, reheat the chilli in a pan or the microwave until piping hot throughout. Add over the hash brown bites, and add the other toppings. 

Can I freeze it?
Yes, you can freeze the chilli and the hash brown bites come frozen in a bag! You just need to make the chilli as per the instructions but DON’T add any of the topping or the hash brown bites yet.  Once cooked, cool, then split into portions if necessary, cover and freeze. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a pan or the microwave until piping hot throughout. Meanwhile, cook the hash brown bites in the oven or air fryer as per the packet instructions, then top with the heated chilli, and add the other fixings.

How to scale up and scale down this recipe
This recipe can be doubled up for a crowd or halved for two people, sticking to the same ingredient ratios.
Nutritional information is approximate, per serving (this recipe serves 4).
 
Calories: 938kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1723mg | Potassium: 2180mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2499IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 485mg | Iron: 13mgNutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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