As I’m writing this, we’re wrapping up our fourth week of social distancing. About two weeks in, I started getting hardcore cravings for something fried. Specifically french fries, but any fried food would do. As a general rule to maintain both the physical health and cleanliness of our household, I do not fry things at home. There aren’t really any good burger/fry restaurants close enough to our house to ensure any carry-out fries would still be crispy by the time we could eat them, though. I like to think that I am a very creative problem solver, so out of this need tater tot nachos were born.
This recipe is pretty straightforward. Take tater tots. Apply nacho-like toppings. Enjoy tater tot nachos. Repeat as needed to experience different nacho combinations. My goal with this post is to inspire you and kick-start some ideas for your own toppings. Without further ado, here is the basic recipe:
Tater Tot Nachos
- Frozen tater tots
- Cheese Different cheeses will give you different effects. Creamier cheese, like mozzarella, will give you a great cheese pull. Harder cheeses, like a hard cheddar, will get crispier in the oven.
Toppings I Used
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Green onions
- Poached eggs
- Sour cream
Other Topping Options (But Don't Stop Here!)
- Chopped steak
- Chopped chicken
- Diced onions
- Caramelized onions
- Follow the instructions on your frozen tater tots for cooking them in the oven, but cut the time short by three minutes.
- Meanwhile, shred your cheese (if starting with a block).
- Prep your toppings. Chop your veggies, cook your eggs. If you're using a meat topping, cook it if it's not cooked already. I chopped my raw bacon into small pieces, then cooked it. I found this made it easier to top the tater tots than cooking the bacon first, then chopping it.
- When your tater tots have three minutes left on the cook time on the package, take them out and sprinkle them with cheese. Then put them back in the oven for the remaining three minutes to melt the cheese.
- Remove the tater tots from the oven, put them on a plate, and top them with your desired combination and amount of toppings.
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