Not that there's anything wrong with Tater Tot casseroles and hot dishes—I mean, we have a whole recipe collection devoted to them. But why not venture beyond the casserole? For inspiration, check out how home cooks like you use those crunchy little bite-size potato nuggets in all kinds of crowd-pleasing appetizers and snacks.
8 Great Snacks to Make with Tater Tots
Smother your tots with pulled pork, cheese, coleslaw, and BBQ sauce for a big ol' party platter of mmm, mmm, good! Instead of going the homemade route, recipe reviewer Yancando used ready-made coleslaw and pulled pork to get this on the table fast. (And really, there's nothing in the recipe that says all the components have to be made from scratch.)
Some reviewers make these for holiday breakfasts and some serve them as party snacks, making them a choose-your-own-adventure kind of recipe. They are a little time consuming to put together, but home cook jbrocky says, "I made these for an office party and they were a complete hit. I had pre-cooked them and then heated them up the toaster oven at work. They didn't last long."
This crowd-pleaser combines the convenience of sheet pan cooking with the popularity of brunch. Recipe creator Leslie Kelly says, "Crispy tots stand in for hash browns in this super delicious, easy-to-make sheet-pan meal. Cajun andouille sausage and jalapenos deliver the heat, so skip those if you don't like spicy foods."
Tots stand in for tortilla chips underneath a heap of pulled pork, BBQ sauce, beans, peppers, and a white Cheddar cheese sauce. With all that flavor going on, you could certainly sub out the pork for some leftover rotisserie chicken if you want.
Home cook Chef Boy R Drew loved the sauce so much, he suggests doubling it, and doubling the bacon while you're at it, too.
We love how home cooks take a recipe and spin it their own way. Soup Loving Nicole says, "Instead of baking the tots in the oven I cooked them in my waffle iron which made a fun presentation and also sped up cooking time."
And here's how katybug chose to serve hers: "I add the meat and cheese and put toppings out for everyone to add to taste. Easy!"
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A quick 15-minute prep and about a half hour of oven time is all it takes to make this streamlined version of tachos. Home cook Kelsey says, "This is my idea of the perfect comfort food. I love tater tots, and adding veggies and taco meat is genius. Surprised I didn't think of this myself. ;)"
Faye Naylor adds, "Really a great tasting recipe! I put my own small spin on it, and added a layer of homemade guacamole, and a layer of French fried onions and shredded tex-mex cheese to the top."
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