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Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer Recipe

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Craving something crispy, cheesy, filled with flavor, and perfect for parties? Let me introduce you to my Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer recipe! Everyone will love enjoying delicious handheld cups of crunchy tots that are filled with classic toppings like sour cream, bacon bits, and chives. Or, get creative and try your favorite sauces and extra goodies on these yummy baked snacks!

Seeing Tater Tots in a New Light

“Gimme your tots!” Do you remember that famous phrase from the movie Napoleon Dynamite? Well, tater tots have certainly come a long way from being just a last-minute freezer-to-oven side dish. They are now super trendy for making lots of creative munchies and meals!

This Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer recipe uses tater tots as the edible base for a heavenly, tasty trio: cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream. How does that all sound?

These are similar to classic loaded potatoes, but are far easier to make and, in my opinion, much tastier to enjoy. They are crunchy, cheesy, and tangy; perfect for a game night party appetizer or as a quick afternoon snack.

To be sure, tater tots won’t be on any healthy foods list. But, hey, that’s ok!

Sometimes you simply need an indulgent, delicious, comforting, and satisfying snack. So, go ahead and splurge with this Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer dish.

loaded tots

What Ingredients are in Loaded Tater Tots

This incredibly easy appetizer is made with only a handful of simple ingredients. Here is everything you need:

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Cooked bacon
  • Green onions

Other suggestions for toppings you can try are zesty hot sauce or salsa, ranch dressing, and crispy french fried onions.

You can also substitute the sour cream with Greek yogurt for a “healthier” tater tots appetizer if you like.

loaded tater tots

How to Make My Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer

Although there are a number of steps in the prep of this dish, they are really easy to make.

In fact, this would be a good food activity to have kids help with. And, they’re sure to love the results!

The number of tots you place in each muffin tin depends on the size of the muffin pan you’re using.

In the pictures here I used a regular-sized muffin pan, so I added 5 tater tots each.

frozen tots

The complete recipe below also includes instructions for using mini-muffin-sized pans.

To make my Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer:

First, spray your muffin tin with nonstick spray. Then add a few tots to each muffin well, and bake the frozen tater tots in the oven. Let cool before moving on to the next step.

Then, depending on the size of your muffin tin, use a shot glass, small juice glass, or measuring cup to make the tater tot cups. Gently press the glass or cup into the cooked tots.

I used a small Duralex juice glass to create deep impressions in each group of tater tots. The photo below shows how to create the tater tot cups.

muffin tin of baked tots, loaded tater tots

TIP: You only want a small gap between the glass and muffin tin opening. Twist until the edges are close to the top of the muffin tin opening.

Bake again for a few minutes until crispy. Then it’s time to fill the tater tots cups with cheese!

muffin tin with tater tots, cheesy baked tater tots

Add grated or shredded cheese to each tater tot cup. I used a small melon baller to measure and add the cheese to the cups.

Bake again for just a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted, and your appetizers are almost done!

See Below for the Full Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer Recipe!

muffin tin tots with cheese, loaded tots

Lastly, top the cheese with chopped bacon bits, sour cream, sliced green onions, or chopped chives. Get creative and add Tabasco sauce, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and/or BBQ sauce, taco sauce, or diced tomato.

What other toppings would you love to try? Leave a comment below with your favorite ideas.

These loaded tater tots are so yummy! Be sure to make enough though for each person to have plenty because they will definitely go quickly.

loaded tater tots,  tater tot cups, cheesy tater tots

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Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer

Craving something crispy, cheesy, filled with flavor and perfect for parties? Let me introduce you to my Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer recipe! Everyone will love these delicious handheld cups of crunchy tots that are filled with classic favorite toppings.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword tater tots, loaded tater tots, tater tots appetizer, muffin tin tater tots
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 115kcal


  • Muffin pan, regular or mini sized


  • 48-60 frozen tater tots (16-oz bag)
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced (green part only)


  • Preheat oven to 450ºF. Spray muffin pan cups with cooking spray.
  • For mini-sized muffin pan: Place 2-3 tater tots in each muffin cup.
  • For regular sized muffin pan: Place 4-5 tater tots in each muffin cup.
  • Place on bottom oven rack and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spray bottom of shot glass or small juice glass with cooking spray. Use it (in twisting motion) to press tater tots in each muffin cup to make potato cup. Return to oven; bake additional 15 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of cheese to each potato cups. Bake 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Transfer to platter and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add sour cream, bacon, and green onion to each tater tot cup. Serve warm.


Recipe inspired by a Kraft foods recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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11 thoughts on “Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I made these last night for dinner guests. Unfortunately, I only made half pan of the mini size because I had another appetizer too. I should have made a full pan and deleted the other appetizer. These were a big hit. Easy to make with limited ingredients. I’ll be making these for all gatherings.

    • I haven’t done so, but I’m sure you could. When reheating in the oven, I would cover them with foil to allow them to reheat without burning. Let me know how they reheat.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for Christmas Eve and everyone, including my picky husband, loved them. I made 48 of them in mini cups and they were the perfect two bite finger food. I baked the cheese on them and set out little dishes with sour cream, green onions and bacon bits. The few that were left reheated well and they were even good cold. This will be a standard. Sorry I didn’t take a picture.

    • May I ask how you reheated them? Want to make for our potluck group but would have to make ahead & reheat before serving!!

      • I usually keep them in the Instant Pot or in a slow cooker on warm. If you want to reheat them in an oven, I would cover them with foil and reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes. Depending on the depth of your casserole dish, they could reheat as quickly as 20 minutes or take 30 minutes.


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