Tater tots are often a food we associate with the school cafeteria from our childhood and typically aren’t overly excited about eating them. Kids, on the other hand, love tater tots and would eat them all day if they could. What if we could take this loved and hated food, and find recipes that would suit every palate? Well, that’s exactly what we’ve done – there’s even a vegan option!

1. Homemade Tater Tots

Tater tots from the grocery store may be convenient, but they definitely are not healthy! One way to avoid all those nasty additives is by making your own tater tots!

Make them extra flavorful by adding in herbs and garlic and sprinkle with some shredded cheese. Delicious!

https://damndelicious.net/2015/04/10/homemade-tater-tots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: DAMN DELICIOUS

2. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Cups

If you’re craving a burger and fries, these cheeseburger tater tots have you covered! Packed full of ground beef, melted cheese and topped with the sauces of your choice, this tater tot cup does not disappoint.

To make this a little healthier, use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef for lower calories and fat content.

https://www.homemadeinterest.com/cheeseburger-tots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: HOMEMADE INTEREST

3. Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Okay, this is definitely a cheat day favorite. Pile your plate high with the cheesy goodness that this casserole offers and you will be full before you know it!

If you want to get a little nutritious, finely chopping veggies into the mix is a great way for kids to eat their veggies without even knowing it!

http://www.plainchicken.com/2016/05/cracked-out-chicken-tater-tot-casserole.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: PLAIN CHICKEN

4. Chili Dog Tater Tot Casserole

Without stereotyping, okay maybe it is a bit of a stereotype, but we think that this chili dog casserole has basically been invented for teenage boys.

There is no way you can may this casserole healthy without making significant changes, and that’s okay! Sometimes you just need a good ol’ casserole.

https://www.countrysidecravings.com/chili-dog-tater-tot-casserole/?utm_source=Countryside+Cravings+Subscribers&utm_campaign=822a2972d6-Countryside_Cravings_Subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2c91f72be4-822a2972d6-108021469 PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: COUNTRYSIDE CRAVINGS

5. Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Have you ever hosted a breakfast or brunch at your home before? It sounds really fun until you realized how early you have to get up to make everything!

Instead of sweating it, make this simple tater tot casserole the day before and reheat it in the morning. Set your alarm to go off ten minutes before the casserole is done warming and you’ll be rested and ready for your guests.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2016/02/tater-tot-sausage-breakfast-casserole.html?m=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: PLAIN CHICKEN

6. Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

This is a Super Bowl snack just waiting to be made! Treat your tater tots as if they are baked potatoes, slide them on a skewer, top with fixin’s and you’re good to go!

You can add cheese, bacon, sour cream and chopped veggies to this snack for a super flavorful game day appetizer.

https://www.madewithhappy.com/loaded-tater-tot-skewers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: MADE WITH HAPPY

7. Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos

Nachos are traditionally made with the base being nacho chips, but that doesn’t always have to be the case!

These nachos are made with tater tots and all the toppings that go into a Big Mac. If you have burger lovers in your family, this is a great snack for you!

http://thegirlonbloor.com/big-mac-tater-tot-nachos/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: THE GIRL ON BLOOR

8. Tater Tot Breakfast Pizza

Your brunch guests won’t believe this amazing recipe that incorporates bacon, eggs, and hash browns all into one dish!

The best part about this is that it’s all made in one skillet instead of making them all separately and having to wash a bunch of pans later.

https://www.thegunnysack.com/tater-tot-breakfast-pizza/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: THE GUNNY SNACK

9. Potato and Butternut Squash Tots

If you have picky eaters in your home, try incorporating some butternut squash into your tater tot recipe so that your family can get some great nutrients into their bodies without having to deviate too much from their normal meals.

If you are looking for a more delicious option than ketchup for the dip, try mixing barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and lime juice together for the ultimate smoky dipping sauce.

https://www.myfussyeater.com/potato-butternut-squash-tots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: MY FUSSY EATER

10. One Pot Vegan Tater Tot Casserole

Yes! This dish is actually vegan and is packed with veggies and protein just the way you like it. Tater tots are often topped with animal products, but they really don’t have to be!

If you are missing the gooey goodness of cheese, use some vegan cheese instead and melt it on top. It’s a delicious alternative that will definitely add tons of flavor.

https://holycowvegan.net/one-pot-vegan-tater-tot-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: HOLY COW VEGAN

11. Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

As if grilled cheese couldn’t get better, it just did. Create the most intense grilled cheese sandwich for your kids on a snow day or on a weekend and it will knock their socks off!

Add avocado, tomato, and lettuce to make it more of a BLT+A sandwich that adults will also enjoy!

http://tiphero.com/tater-tot-grilled-cheese-waffle/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: TIP HERO

12. Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Well, this is just another tater tot recipe that is a write off in terms of nutritional benefits, but when it comes to flavor, this casserole gets an A+!

The best way to serve this casserole is with a salad on the side so you get all the toppings you would add to your burger, in a salad.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2016/07/bacon-cheeseburger-tater-tot-casserole.html?m=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: PLAIN CHICKEN

13. Southwest Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Tater tots are usually known to be one of those foods that are cheap and can be made in mass quantities, but this recipe challenges this stereotype.

This meal looks anything but junky and cheap! It makes an amazing meal for your family on a busy weeknight while leaving leftovers behind for lunch the next day.

https://pinchofyum.com/sweet-potato-tater-tot-hotdish PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: PINCH OF YUM

14. Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tots

How incredible does this slow cooker tater tot recipe look?! It’s so colorful and packed with flavor that this dish anything but boring!

The best part of this dish is the toppings! Add on those black beans, cilantro, diced tomato, onion and go crazy with the salsa, sour cream and guac. It’s a fiesta!

https://www.aspicyperspective.com/slow-cooker-taco-tater-tots-two-ways/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: A SPICY PERSPECTIVE

15. Tater Tot Shepherds Pie Casserole

This tater tot casserole is basically a simple approach to Shepherd’s Pie, using tater tots as the top layer instead of mashed potatoes.

Sprinkle cheese on top for an added layer of salty goodness that will lock in the flavor for this filling, traditional dish.

https://bitzngiggles.com/tater-tot-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: BITZ N GIGGLES

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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