Cheesy Loaded Tater Tots

Gooey and warm loaded tater tots are perfect for so many occasions. From game day to the Oscars to a cold snow day with a movie and a glass of wine. Also known as loaded tater tot nachos (or totchos), here’s my go-to recipe you can use and then tweak to your liking.

plate of loaded tater tot nachos with sour cream

The combo of crispy tater tots and warm and savory cheese and meat hits just right. Who needs french fries? Am I right? Enjoy!

What You’ll Need for Loaded Tater Tots

Tater tots. You can’t make loaded tater tots without the tots. They’re crispy, golden, and delicious. Use any version you like and follow the package instructions.

Cheese of choice. They’re no one right choice for this dish. It’s really a matter of preference. Cheddar cheese is the obvious choice. But a Mexican mix can bring a delicious Tex-Mex spin.

Bacon. Use thick-cut bacon to ensure a meaty bite and that it doesn’t get lost among the other hearty ingredients. You can also use crumbled sausage. Or really any other type of ground beef or meat you like. I love adding some sausage

Green onions. Scattered atop the tots, green onions introduce a refreshing crunch and a pop of color. Their mild onion flavor complements the heavier components without overpowering them. If you’re not a fan of scallions, you can also use finely diced red onions.

Sour cream or Ranch Dressing. A dollop of sour cream gives a cooling counterpoint to the baked ingredients. Choose a full-fat version for a really indulgent experience. Or, if you want to go all out, make a homemade ranch dressing (Outback ranch dressing or Wingstop ranch dressing) and drizzle on top before serving.

Jalapeños. For those who like a kick, sliced jalapeños bring a bit of heat and a tangy flavor. Fresh jalapeños are preferred over jarred for a crisp texture and a brighter taste. But if you like pickled jalapeños, those are also delicious!

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Loaded Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of frozen tater tots (32 oz)
  • 2.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices thick-sliced bacon
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (or chives)
  • 1 diced jalapeño

Instructions

  1. On a baking sheet arrange tater tots in a single layer and bake according to the package’s instructions.  
  2. If you’re adding bacon, sausage, or other meat, brown your meat in a pan or cook your bacon until nearly done.   
  3. Once your tater tots are done, add your cheddar cheese, meat, and jalapeño. Set your oven to broil and return your tater tot nachos to the oven until the cheese is warm, bubbly, and melted.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with your green onions and your favorite toppings. 
  5. Dip in ketchup, ranch, or cheese sauce, and enjoy!
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Loaded Tater Tot Nachos

The combo of crispy tater tots and warm and savory cheese and meat hits just right.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded tater tots, tater tot nachos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470kcal

Ingredients

  • 32 oz tater tots
  • 2.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices thick-sliced bacon
  • ¼ cup green onions sliced
  • 1 jalapeño diced

Instructions

  • On a baking sheet arrange tater tots in a single layer and bake according to the package's instructions.  
  • If you're adding bacon, sausage, or other meat, brown your meat in a pan or cook your bacon until nearly done.   
  • Once your tater tots are done, add your cheddar cheese, meat, and jalapeño. Set your oven to broil and return your tater tot nachos to the oven until the cheese is warm, bubbly, and melted.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with your green onions and your favorite toppings. Dip in ketchup, ranch, or cheese sauce, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 1mg

Variations on Loaded Tater Tots

There are so many different variations you can make with tater tot nachos. Below are just a few favorite ways to mix up (or spice up) this recipe.

  • Great creative with your dipping sauces by going outside of your typical ranch dressing. Try a cheese sauce like smoked Queso, fry sauce, tiger sauce, or boom boom sauce
  • Go veggie by replacing the bacon with veggies bacon or a meat replacement sausage such as Beyond Meat.
  • Give these loaded tater tot nachos a Mexican spin by sprinkling your tater tots with taco seasoning before baking and then serving them with creamy guacamole.

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