Best collection of amazing recipes with tater tots.
They’re amazing as a solo act, but the mighty Tot becomes a sensation in tater tot recipes like nachos, breakfast bakes and creamy casseroles.
Every time I make a Mexican recipe my family seems to go nuts for it. We love Mexican food and we also just love tater tots. They are always good no matter how I make them.
Today I decided to marry the two. I wanted to make enchiladas but really wanted to spice them up a bit so that we can have something different for dinner. Instead of the tortillas, I used tater tots, and boy was this baked good!
Baked tots with ketchup? Meh. Up your game with these truly outrageous—and all-too-easy to make—ideas.
If you’ve never heard of tater tot casseroles, get ready to have your taste buds rocked! Most Midwesterners are already aware of these mouthwatering dishes, but if you’re unfamiliar, all you have to know about these quirky, potato-based dishes is that they are just as delicious and hearty as their name makes them sound. Think hash browns, but with a surprising, out-of-the-ordinary twist. Plus, not only do tater tot casseroles incorporate everyone’s favorite freezer-friendly potato staple into a decadent breakfast casserole, but they can also be customized with add-ons and substitutions to fit the needs of your family. Vegetarian? We’ve got a recipe for that. Love bacon and sausage? We’ve got you covered there as well. Big fan of cheese? You’re in the right place!
What’s more, if you happen to be hosting guests anytime soon and are looking for a fabulous brunch recipe, there’s really no better (or tastier) conversation starter than one of these casserole recipes. Each and everyone will get your guests “ooh”-ing and “aah”-ing from the first to the last bite. Word to the wise: Be sure to make enough to go around—and then some. When it comes to tater tot casseroles, “leftovers” isn’t a word you’ll hear often!
Tater tots are a near-perfect food. The way the savory, shatter-crisp exterior yields to a soft inside is irresistible, as is the deep-fried potato flavor. While they’re perfectly tasty on their own or dunked into the dipping sauce, the little nuggets can also easily be incorporated into other recipes, too, especially if you have a few bags in your freezer you’re looking to get rid of.
Think casseroles, waffles, and tater tot nachos, of course, and even frittatas. Read on to find out how to execute those ideas and more, compiled from our recipes with tater tots.
Turn them into waffles
If you’ve got a waffle iron and a bag of tots, you’re well on your way to ultra-crispy, super crunchy waffles. Jen Pelka of The Riddler shared several variations with us, including topping combinations like smoked salmon and caviar, prosciutto and mustard, and truffled eggs, too. But if you want something more low-key, a runny fried egg and hot sauce would work nicely, or grated Parmesan and ground black pepper.
Treat them like chips
Just like chips or popcorn, you can add seasonings to tater tots. Cook them first, and then toss them with seasoned salt, or dip packets like onion dip seasoning, barbecue spice, or curry powder. Sesame seeds and nori would be tasty as well. If you go the curry powder route, we’d recommend sprinkling it on almost-done tater tots and then letting them finish together for another minute or two.
For the ultimate high-low snack, you could also take a cue from the classic potato chip, sour cream (or crème fraîche), and caviar pairing and swap in tater tots for the chips.
… Or a baked potato
You can prepare tater tots in a manner similar to baked potatoes. Cook them and smash them, and then, load them with sour cream, scallions, and bacon crumbles.
Switch up your casserole toppings
Casseroles are comforting on their own. Casseroles with tots? Even better. We have one recipe that layers sausage, cheesy creamed spinach, and tater tots into one indulgent meal. Tots also shine as the topping on Andrew Zimmern’s farmhouse turkey hot dish. Hotdish casseroles usually have baked layers of starch, meat (in this case, turkey), vegetable, and typically, canned soup, but here, Zimmern swaps a velouté sauce for the classic condensed mushroom soup.
If you’d prefer breakfast casserole, tater tots can easily be substituted in for bread in our bacon, tomato, and cheddar breakfast bake recipe with eggs.
Add ‘em to frittatas
Tater tots would work in many different frittatas, but these classics are a good place to start—cheddar and bacon; mushroom, spinach, and fontina; goat cheese, spinach, and tomato; pimento cheese; leeks and ham; and ham, cheese, and peppers. Cook the tots first (you can even do it in the same skillet), transfer them to a plate, and then, add them to the frittata mixture.
In lieu of chips, “tatchos” use tater tots as the base for all kinds of savory toppings, and you can get creative with what you have on hand. Our recipe from Kay Chun swathes them in a kimchi gravy (kimchi! gravy!), and then, piles on sharp cheddar, chile peppers, cilantro, and more kimchi for an extra kick. You won’t have to wait long to devour them, either—after the tater tots are cooked according to the package instructions, turning them into tatchos only takes another 20 minutes.
Try tot poutine
Poutine is typically prepared with French fries, gravy, and cheese curds, but tots would definitely work. The same idea applies to disco fries, a diner classic made with mozzarella cheese and gravy.
Press ’em into muffin tins and make cups
Tater tots can also be made into “cups” using muffin tins, as a vehicle for other foods (such as egg, bacon, and cheese breakfast cups). You can smash them up and then bake them into a cup shape—if you do this, bake them a little first to warm them up in a controlled environment. Or, place a few tots in each spot in the tin and bake them until warm, smash them with another muffin tin, and continue to bake until crispy.
Recipes with Tater Tots
If you haven’t eaten Tater Tots lately, let me refresh your memory: they are delicious. With deeply golden, crispy exteriors that give way to tender, creamy interiors, Tater Tots are not the sort of thing it’s possible to enjoy in moderation. Thanks to today’s lightened-up, homemade, baked Tater Tots recipe, now you can feel good piling them onto your plate!
Baked homemade tater tots (especially ones with bacon) are also super fun to make!
Tater Tot Enchilada Bake.
Making this casserole is very fun and easy. For the bottom layer, I sauteed the beef and then added the enchilada sauce. I didn’t cook the beef all the way through because it will still bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
I then poured the beef enchilada mixture into the casserole dish and lined the tater tots on top and then topped it with a Mexican cheese blend. Then pop it in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes. I garnished it with olives and scallions but they are not mandatory.
Then once it’s nice and bubbly and melted-cheesy, pull it out. Top with some green onions or cilantro for extra color.
Best Tater Tot Casserole.
Truly the BEST Tater Tot Casserole recipe around! Layers of amazing flavor combine for an easy and delicious dinner any night of the week! This fantastic casserole recipe will quickly become a family favorite!
Now, here’s the trick: season every single layer as needed. If you were serving green beans by themselves, you’d season them, right? So do it for the casserole too! The worst thing that can happen is taking a bite of a casserole and thinking it’s bland – yuck!
I don’t add cheese to the top because I want those tater tots perfectly crisp and crunchy. It’s essential to the overall texture of this casserole. Season the tater tots when the casserole is removed from the oven and get ready to enjoy a delicious dinner!
Loaded Cheesy Tater Tots.
The magic of tots + cheese, lots of cheese….
There’s something almost magical about Tater Tots. They start from something so plain and ordinary, a potato, and they somehow transform into a crunchy, delicious little morsel.
On top of that, they’re so easy to work with! They cook up in no time, and you can use them in so many ways. You can start with just about any basic potato recipe, substitute in these little gems, and poof you’ve got an instant meal with a special crispy-crunchy kick.
That’s just what I’ve done with my Loaded Cheesy Tater Tots. Start with everything you’d use on a loaded baked, but by putting it all on top of tater tots instead of common taters, you elevate it to a whole new level.
A level where hot, gooey cheese meets crispy fried potato and a single bite can crunch in your teeth and melt in your mouth all at the same time.
And like every tater tot recipe, it’s so simple to make that it really is like a magic trick. You just throw all the toppings on your cooked tater tots, whisk them back into the oven for a couple of minutes, and presto! Dinner is served.
And for your next trick, just put them in front of your family and watch them disappear.
Tater Tot Nachos Supreme.
Tater tots are baked until super crispy and then topped with seasoned beef, cheese sauce, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, green onion, and crumbled bacon. And although I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, you’re probably going to want to go with that prepared cheese sauce you buy from the supermarket for these. It’s pure junk food heaven.
Tater Tot Burger with Sriracha Sour Cream.
If I have a guilty-pleasure-trash-food-first-love-can’t-believe-I’m-admitting-this food, it’s tater tots. I own a deep fryer that has produced more tater tots than all other foods combined. I even created a Tater Tot Cone Holder for use at parties for my Tater Tot Bar with Accompanying Sauces.
We all have Ore-ida, the inventor of tater tots, to thank for the best of all bad foods. And although they make a fabulous version (it is the original after all) I tend to favor the Trader Tots from Trader Joe’s. Either way, turning them into The Best Veggie Patty Of All Times is a great idea. No meat eater on the planet will complain about this meatless burger.
Tater Tot Breakfast Pizza.
Breakfast pizza isn’t cold pizza leftover from last night’s dinner. It is quite the opposite. Breakfast pizza is a warm, fresh from the oven pizza filled with all your breakfast food favorites.
Make sure your pizza dough is at room temperature before stretching it out. Cold dough is bad news and results in frustration. Allow the dough ample time to rest and relax to ensure easier shaping. Cold dough is too elastic and will shrink back to its original state. No need to use a rolling pin. I like to drop the dough into an oiled skillet and use my fingers and knuckles to gently push and pull the dough out.
I tend to build my pizza starting with the cheese. I followed with the meats and carefully placed the tater tots to leave enough room for the cracked egg. Preheat the skillet and dough over the stove on high heat. This allows the skillet to warm up and precook the bottom of the pizza. Prop the pizza every other minute or so to check on the underside of the dough. After about 4 minutes, the bottom of the pizza should be set and lightly golden in color. Remove from the stove and crack your eggs onto the pizza. Place it in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the egg whites are cooked.
Buffalo Chicken Totchos.
Crispy tater tots piled high with buffalo chicken and cheese for a ‘nacho’ experience your friends and family will love. Substitute blue cheese dressing for the ranch if desired.
Nachos are a fan favorite, and when you replace the tortilla chips with tater tots, you have a whole new dish that’s just as perfect. This version tops the tots with buffalo chicken, cheese, and ranch dressing (or blue cheese if you prefer).
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole.
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is everything you need for a cozy winter dinner. Even better, the recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd!
Everything you love about a cheeseburger and fries is here – hamburger, delectable homemade cheese sauce, HEINZ ketchup and mustard, and even dill pickle relish. You can definitely add in a can of diced tomatoes too, but tomatoes really aren’t our thing.
Easy enough, this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole easily doubles – you just need a second casserole dish.
This is exactly the sort of recipe you need for these last weeks of winter that are hanging on. So comforting and cozy, and worth every single, solitary bite.
Cheesy Garlic Tater Tot Bake.
Imagine cheesy garlic bread—but made out of tater tots. Serve it by the slice, and you won’t be disappointed!
Only made out of tots. Then stop dreaming and start preheating the oven, because you KNOW this needs to happen, ASAP.
A Bundt pan makes these super easy to bake, but you could also use a loaf pan.
Egg-in-a-Nest Tater Tot Cups Recipe.
It’s a complete breakfast, all in a single-serving form.
Be a champion at brunch: These cheesy tot-and-egg cups let you—and all of your friends—enjoy a full egg breakfast, but you only dirty one pan (or, muffin tin, to be accurate).
Bacon-Tater Tot Kebabs Recipe.
Though many people say you don’t need to soak wooden skewers before cooking or grilling with them, we tend to play it safe and soak them in water for 20 minutes before adding on the tots and bacon.
If you love a loaded baked potato, you’re going to lose your mind for these kebabs. Just thread a strip of bacon on a skewer with tots, bake in the oven, and serve with queso, chive-topped sour cream, or whatever dipping sauces you see fit.
Recipes with Tater Tots
They’re crunchy on the outside, pillowy on the inside, and these nuggets of potato, better known as Tater Tots, are perfect for dipping and enjoying unadulterated. However, they are a versatile ingredient to use in a variety of different dishes, from breakfast entrées to sandwiches and even tatchos (a tater tot-based take on nachos). These tater tot recipes are as fun as they are delicious. Start with this list of recipes with tater tots we love. Soon, we think, the tots will inspire a lot of creativity.
For me, tater tots are simply perfect. They are super easy to make, packed so much flavor and you can use them in countless ways.
Remember the time you were tempted to buy that bag of frozen tater tots and totally caved? We’ve all been there, and we all still have the tots sitting in our freezers to prove it. Lucky for you, it doesn’t have to be a complete waste. There are plenty of recipes with tater tots out there that are more than capable of bringing out your inner Napoleon Dynamite. The following recipe hacks (including, breakfast casseroles and savory waffles) are sure to use up that whole bag of tater tots and leave you wanting more.
If you love tater tots as much as I do, you have to check out these Crazy Good recipes with tater tots. From Cheesy Tater Tots and Broccoli Tots to Sweet Potato Tots and even Tater Tot Nachos these recipes are to die for. I’m sure you’ll find something delicious the family will love!