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Our Favorite Tater Tot Recipes

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If you want simple meal ideas, or something delicious to serve on game day, this collection of tater tot recipes is exactly what you need!

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We have tater tot recipe ideas for breakfast, appetizers, easy dinners, and snacks. Whatever meal you make them for, these comfort food favorites will be a hit.

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Many people think that tater tots are just for kids. But what they don’t know is that a simple bag of frozen, bite sized potatoes can be used in a variety of recipes, and for almost any meal of the day!

Why We Love Tater Tot Recipes

We are sharing some tater tot recipe ideas that prove how amazing the tiny potato puffs can be. They are very easy to make and taste great – what’s not to love? They’re also:

  1. Versatile
    They are a great substitute for potato ingredients in recipes. For example, you can easily use frozen tater tots instead of hash browns for our Loaded Hashbrown Potato Casserole.
  2. Time saver
    If you have ever peeled potatoes for Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes, you will appreciate that potato tots are already prepped and ready to bake.

What are Tater Tots?

Tater tots are crave-worthy, poppable puffs of shredded or grated potatoes. They’re most popular in the United States and Canada.

The most popular way to use tater tots is in casseroles, but they are also delicious for breakfast, as cheesy appetizers, and of course game day snacking. They are great plain, or with dipping sauces like ketchup, honey mustard, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.

Look for them in the frozen foods section of your grocery store, near the other frozen potatoes. If you are the adventurous type, you can even make them from scratch.
Many people prefer them pan fried or deep fried. But, you can bake them, which makes them a bit healthier than sides like French fries. Making air fryer tater tots is a healthy method, too.

Tater Tot Recipe Ideas

From cheesy appetizers to breakfast casseroles, here are some fantastic ways to cook with everyone’s favorite frozen potatoes!

Appetizers and Snack Food ideas

Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer

With just the twist of a glass, tater tots are transformed into a cheesy, crispy, delicious appetizer.

Tachos – Loaded Tater Tots

This is serious comfort food – potato tots piled high with your favorite nacho toppings!

This tater tots recipe makes an easy meal, and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl and other game day parties.

Simple Meal Ideas – Tater Tot Casseroles

If you love easy casserole recipes, be sure to keep a bag of frozen tots on hand.

They are a quick and easy way to prepare a meal, and these tater tot recipes are a hit for dinner and a fabulous potluck meal idea!

Tater Tot Turkey Casserole

This easy tater tot casserole with ground turkey is a delicious one-pan meal the whole family will love. And you can even use leftover turkey meat in it! Follow the make-ahead directions in the recipe notes for a quick weeknight dinner recipe.

Chili Tater Tot Casserole

This skillet chili tater tot casserole is absolutely delish! Not only does it combine crispy tater tots and beefy chili, but it's a hearty one-pan dinner the family will love. Whip up this chili cheese tater tots casserole recipe tonight or as a make-ahead dinner for the freezer.

Skillet of green bean casserole with tater tots and hamburger.

Easy Tater Tot Casserole with Green Beans

This skillet tater tot casserole recipe with ground beef and green beans is a hearty meal one pan meal the whole family will love. Follow the make ahead directions in the recipe notes for easy weeknight dinners!

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

This hotdish is a one-pan meal made with layers of chicken tenderloins, broccoli, and cream of chicken soup – all topped with crispy tater tots and shredded cheddar cheese.
This fantastic meal is ready to serve in under an hour!

Tater Tots for Breakfast

If you like hash brown casserole but want to switch things up, grab one of these tater tot recipes. They are all easy to make, and a family favorite for breakfast or brunch!

Ham Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater tots are lightly smashed and loaded with eggs, veggies, ham and cheese, then baked crispy for a delicious quiche-like breakfast (or brunch!) casserole that's ready in 45 minutes.

Tater Tots Egg Nests

For best results, use a jumbo-sized muffin tin.

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