Parmesan Tater Tots

These Parmesan tater tots are made by tossing those nuggets of potato-ey goodness in Parmesan cheese. What’s not to love?

Two hands holding a paper container of tater tots sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Who says kids get to have all the fun? Next time you whip out a bag of tater tots for the little ones, give yourself Parmesan tater tots. Julie Crist of The Tot Cart food truck in Philadelphia takes this already popular menu item to the next level with her creative, elaborate tot dishes. These Parmesan tater tots, dusted with garlic and Parmesan cheese, is one of their most popular recipes. “These tots are simple and delicious,” says Julie, “although you may need a breath mint after eating them!” [Editor’s Note: The original recipe includes a sprinkling of granulated garlic along with the Parmesan, though we like them just dandy without it.]–Kim Pham and Philip Shen

LC Leftover Tater Tots Note

Know how sometimes, for whatever godforsaken reason, the kids don’t devour all their tater tots and you end up snitching them cold off their plates rather than throwing them out while cursing yourself? (Oh stop. We’ve been there.) This Parmesan tater tots recipe is a revelation in those moments. Just toss the tots—well, the ones not smothered with ketchup—back in the oven to reheat and then sprinkle with Parmesan as the recipe instructs.

Parmesan Tater Tots

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  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • Serves 4
5/5 - 1 reviews
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Prepare the tater tots in the oven according to the package instructions.

When the tater tots come out of the oven, place about 1/4 of them in a largish bowl. (Careful! They’re hot!) Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and gently toss to swirl the tots and cheese in the bowl a few times. Dump the Parmesan tater tots into a serving dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and grab some napkins.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These were great! Tater tots are wonderful on their own, but the addition of cheese put them over the top. This Parmesan tater tots recipe is super easy. Another night I had a few plain tater tots leftover and reheated them in the oven and sprinkled them with cheese, and they were great, too. This one's a slam dunk with kids and adults alike. I used a store brand of tater tots, which was a 2-pound bag.

This Parmesan tater tots recipe is the easiest and fastest recipe I have ever made. This was not just eaten by kids but by adults too. We all loved them. A fun way to eat tater tots. Right away I started thinking what about adding spices next time—garlic, onion, nutmeg, dried herbs perhaps? We DID have some left over, so this morning I reheated them in the oven at about 425ºF for about 7 minutes and added more Parmesan once out of the oven. They were cheesier and perfect (and the leftovers were also good cold).


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  1. I’ve discovered that Aldi Potato Puffs cooked in the air fryer are quick, easy & delicious–takes just 10 minutes. Adding parm is genius. They turned out great. Next time I’ll try adding garlic as suggested.

  2. OMG I so love tater tots! When I was a kid my Dad made dinner on Saturday nights and nine times out of ten it was scrambled eggs, bacon, and tater tots. It never got old. We clamored for it, all seven of us! Tots are truly the ultimate comfort food for me. Can’t believe I never thought adding Parm but of course now I will. Breakfast for dinner is my husband’s favorite thing. Time to fill the freezer with tots.

    1. Wow, Lisa, seven of you? That would have been a lot of tater tots!! You are so right though, they are supremely comforting. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the Parmesan variation!

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