Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cheez Whiz and Tater Bake

     I have had my eye on this recipe from Kraft for a while and have been saving it for the opening of camping season.  It's one of those Slumgullion one pot recipes that might not sound that appetizing at first but when it all comes together is a yummy belly warmer.  Brown the beef in your dutch oven or even over your camp stove, add the rest of the ingredients and bake.  I made this gourmet delight in my 10 inch dutch oven with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 24 on the lid, in 25 minutes the cheese had melted into the nuggets and it was bubbling away.  You can add more heat with a hotter salsa but hold the salt, there is more than enough from the processed foods.  Substitute 8 oz. of cubed Velveeta if you prefer but I would stick with a cheese that melts easily.  I'm sure thawed tater tots from your camping cooler would be fine, just shorten the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.  Kids will devour this and parents will like how quickly and easily dinner is served.
Cheez Whiz and Tater Bake
1 pound ground beef
1 16 oz. package frozen bite-sized potato nuggets
3/4 cup Cheez Whiz
1 cup Thick and Chunky Salsa

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Brown beef over a full compliment of coals; drain.
     Move bottom coals to a ring around the base of the oven.
     Add remaining ingredients; stir gently until well combined.
     Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until bubbling and cooked through.
     Makes 6 one cup servings.

Brown beef than gently stir in potatoes, salsa and Cheez Whiz

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes

A five-star dinner in the great outdoors


  1. This was pretty good, but I would cut back the Cheez Wiz to 1/2 cup. Very easy to make.

  2. It looks so delicious. Dutch cheese is one of my favorite cheeses. I also tasted it while I was camping in New Zealand. One of my friends brought me one. We camped and hiked for 3 days. So we had to take a camping stove to cook food for us. The stove, food, and place all were good and we all enjoyed it. The 3 days camping was hard but it was worth it. Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it soon.