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Ultimate Barbecue Tater Tot Nachos

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The ULTIMATE appetizer - tater tot nachos! Look no further for your Super Bowl party. These are amazing!

I first heard of the totchos or tater tot nachos at a media event for the opening of a local grocery store, and my first thought was “YES!” because if you’re going to go all out for a cheat appetizer, why not use tater tots? Totchos started appearing at game day celebrations at our house because this is football, and family movie night, and casual party food. This recipe is basically the American cousin of Canadian poutin, with extra cheese, because ‘Merica. 

The ULTIMATE appetizer - tater tot nachos! Look no further for your Super Bowl party. These are amazing!

I like that, just like with tortilla chip nachos, you can absolutely customize this dish to fit your taste and what you have on hand. Chicken, mozzarella, fresh basil, oregano, and tomato sauce would be a great “Italian” style tater tot nacho. You could go crazy with a few kinds of cheese for an extra cheesy version. Add pepperoni and minced garlic for pizza style. Or, if you happen to have leftover slow cooker pulled pork like we did, make the Ultimate Barbecue tater tot nachos with basically everything one could imagine adding to a completely over the top barbecue type dish, right down to the candied jalapenos.

The ULTIMATE appetizer - tater tot nachos! Look no further for your Super Bowl party. These are amazing!

While I am providing a list of ingredients and a “recipe” for the ultimate barbecue style tater tot nachos, this “recipe” is something you should feel confident to make your own and get creative! So, I’m also sharing a general guideline for creating your own custom totcho recipe.

There are three easy steps to making tater tot nachos:

  1. Bake your frozen tater tots according to the package instructions while you gather your toppings.
  2. Once the tots have baked, assemble your totcho tower by grouping together half the tots, topping with half your toppings, then adding the other half of your tots and the rest of the toppings. The reason you want to work in layers like this is so all the toppings aren’t at the top of the pile leaving you with topping-less tater tots at the bottom. Layering ensures a nice even distribution of topped tots.
  3. Bake the tot nacho tower a 5-10 minutes longer so your cheese melts and all the toppings are nice and hot. Serve immediately.

Easy, right?

The hardest part is getting the totchos to the table without everyone sneaking bites! If serving to a large party or as part of a larger appetizer spread, place a serving spoon by the totchos for easier distribution.

The ULTIMATE appetizer - tater tot nachos! Look no further for your Super Bowl party. These are amazing!


The ULTIMATE appetizer - tater tot nachos! Look no further for your Super Bowl party. These are amazing!

Ultimate Barbecue Tater Tot Nachos

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 14 oz frozen tater tots, half of a 28 oz bag
  • 1 cup shredded pork
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 slices of thick bacon
  • 1/3 cup candied jalapenos, or 1 medium fresh jalapeno seeded, and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, cilantro, or green onions for garnish


  1. Cook the tater tots from frozen according to the package instructions.
  2. While the tots are baking, cook your bacon in a skillet over medium low heat until crisp. Drain and crumble.
  3. Once the tots are warm, remove from the oven, leaving the oven on while you create your totcho pile.
  4. Place half the tots in the center of the lined baking sheet. Top with half of your toppings, with the exception of the garnish.
  5. Top your pile with the other half of the tots and the rest of the toppings, except the garnish.
  6. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until the toppings are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
  7. Garnish and serve immediately


Double the recipe and make the whole bag of tots if serving at a party!

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    Keith @ How's it Lookin?
    April 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    They look delicious. A tater tot/nacho combination sounds awesome, thanks for the idea

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    January 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    So smart. These *are* kind of a version of poutine! As a tot lover, I love the idea in covering them in even more deliciousness and calling it a day! 😉

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    Whitney @ That Square Plate
    January 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    These look absolutely heavenly — like something I would have eaten in college after a late night! Bravo, for bringing me back to those days! I miss em sometimes haha 🙂

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    January 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Ha! I love the name of these! Totchos. How funny! This seems like something people in Texas would eat. Is that a thing?

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      The Godmother
      January 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      I feel like it would be! But I have no idea. We need a Texan to answer this haha

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    Brian Jones
    January 4, 2016 at 4:22 am

    These sound like perfect afternoon football treats to me (obviously real football, not that hand egg thing you play in the states 😉 )!

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      The Godmother
      January 4, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I do not discriminate against football or American football. They’re all fun to watch in their way. We’re Real Madrid fans since that’s my dad’s hometown team!

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    Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead
    January 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I love tater tots, it’s a serious addiction, so it’s really bad that Meaghan figured out how to make homemade ones! We lived really close to Canada when I was growing up so Poutin was something we always had on the menu, I preferred it without the cheese curds (just fries and gravy for me thank you very much) so it’s really funny that you mentioned it!

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      The Godmother
      January 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Poutin is on my list of foods I’d like to try “officially” this year. But I’m all about cheese curds, so those have to stay. 😉

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    December 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

    My mouth is watering and it’s not even 10am. I’m so making this with my homemade tater tots! Pinning!

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