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Loaded Tater Tots are smothered in chili and cheese and topped with your favorite fixings. Easy to make in minutes, this is the perfect game day comfort food or savory side dish.
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Table of Contents
  1. Loaded Tots
  2. Why We Love This Loaded Chili Cheese Tots Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Loaded Tater Tots
  7. Tater Tots In The Air Fryer
  8. Make Tater Tot Tachos
  9. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  10. Storage
  11. Frequently Asked Questions
  12. Other Easy Appetizer Recipes
  13. Loaded Tater Tots Recipe

This Loaded Tater Tots recipe cooks an easy, cheesy pan of chili-topped tater tops in minutes. Crispy tots are topped with chili, covered in cheese, baked under the broiler and served with Ranch and all your favorite game day fixings.

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Loaded Tots

Our Loaded Tater Tops are so quick and easy to prepare using simple ingredients to transform a plain potato puff into a hearty, filling, meaty all-in-one meal.

Simply bake a bag of frozen tater tots in the oven, smother them with chili and melted cheese, and let your guests add their favorite flavors, like bacon, sour cream, and chives; it’s the ultimate comfort food for a football snack, crowd-pleasing party appetizer, or simple side.

Packed with lean protein and fiber from the chili and cheese plus plenty of delicious flavors, this is the easiest way to make a complete one-pan-meal because you get several food groups on your plate with each serving.

These sheet pan chili cheese tater tots taste similar to my breakfast tot casserole, but this loaded tots recipe uses last night’s leftovers, so it’s even faster to prepare.

Why We Love This Loaded Chili Cheese Tots Recipe

  • Quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes.
  • Uses simple gluten-free ingredients (Most tater tots are naturally gluten-free. Make sure to check you label if you have dietary restrictions).
  • No need to thaw the tater tots before baking; they cook soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  • Literally loaded with flavor from a combination of comfort foods.
  • Perfect for game day, tailgates, party appetizers, or serving as a side dish.
Loaded Tater Tots ingredients

Ingredients

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Chili: Feel free to use homemade chili or canned chili.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Ranch dressing
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Scallions or green onions

Substitutions and Additions

  • Choose Your Chili: I used leftover chili to top my tots, but canned chili also works great in this recipe. Some of my favorite chili recipes include my Turkey Chili, Slow Cooker Chili, and Crack Chicken Chili.
  • Replace The Ranch: You can replace the Ranch dressing with drizzles of ketchup, some sour cream, a drizzle of hot sauce, or even some salsa.
  • Mix Up The Meat: Instead of spreading chili over the tater tots, you can use ground sausage, bacon, ham, chicken sausage, or turkey bacon.
  • Change The Cheese: Feel free to swap the sharp Cheddar cheese for another type of cheese that melts well such as Colby Jack, Mozzarella, Gruyere, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Fontina, or Gouda.
Loaded Tater Tots on a plate
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
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How to Make Loaded Tater Tots

  1. Cook The Tater Tots: Follow the package directions to cook the tater tots.
  2. Assemble: Spread the tater tots on a sheet pan and top with heated chili and cheese.
  3. Broil: Broil the loaded tots until the cheese is melted. 
  4. Serve: Drizzle with ranch and a sprinkle of jalapeños and scallions. Serve and enjoy!

Tater Tots In The Air Fryer

If you want to make your loaded tots in the air fryer, you will need to cut the recipe in half or work in batches. Simply cook your tater tots at 400°F for 15 minutes. Then top your tots with chili and cheese and cook it all in the air fryer basket until the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes. Add your favorite fixings and serve.

Make Tater Tot Tachos

“Make your own totchos” bar by serving a sheet pan of crispy tots with bowls of toppings on the side. Let everyone fill their plate with all their favorite fixings to create their own custom loaded tachos. Mix and match with nacho cheese sauce, guacamole, black beans, olives, red onion, pico de gallo, bacon bits, chopped tomato, or any taco topping.

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • You can use leftover chili from last night’s dinner or even canned chili for this recipe.
  • Serve this dish immediately so the tots don’t become soggy.

Storage

  • To Store: I do not recommend storing leftovers because the tater tots will be very soggy the next day. 

More Easy Sheet Pan Recipes

Loaded Tater Tots with toppings

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make tater tots extra crispy?

To make tater tots extra crispy, you can add an extra five minutes to the cooking time shown on the package. You should end up with tots that are crunchier and golden brown. While I have never tried pouring bacon grease over my tater tots, many recipes call for cooking tots with grease to make them crunchy.

What goes well on tater tots?

Tater tots can be a blank canvas for creating your own tasty loaded tot. You can serve them buffet style and let your guests add their favorite toppings. Set out some bowls of chopped tomato, guacamole, sour cream, bacon bits, veggie crumbles, cheese, or any of your favorite fixings.

loaded tater tots with jalapenos

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5 from 1 vote
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Loaded Tater Tots

Serves — 4
Loaded Tater Tots are smothered in chili and cheese and topped with your favorite fixings. Easy to make in minutes, this is the perfect game day comfort food or savory side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 32 ounces tater tots
  • 1 cup chili
  • cups cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapenos
  • 2 scallions sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cook your tater tots according to the direction on the package.
  • Evenly spread the tater tots on your sheet pan.
  • Warm your chili in the microwave.
  • Spread the chili and cheese over the tots.
  • Place the sheet pan under your broiler until the cheese is melted.
  • Drizzle the ranch over the tater tots and sprinkle on the jalapenos and scallions.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: I do not recommend storing leftovers because the tater tots will be very soggy the next day.
Tips:
  • You can use leftover chili from last night’s dinner or even canned chili for this recipe.
  • Serve this dish immediately so the tots don’t become soggy.
 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 2555mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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