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7 Fun Ways to Use Frozen Tater Tots

Beyond dunking them in ketchup.
October November 2022

When you need to feed big appetites in little time, family-friendly shortcuts can be a lifesaver. One freezer standout we swear by: frozen tater tots. Kids (and grown-ups!) love them as a never-fail side dish, but did you know those pop-able spuds can also handle a lot of the heavy lifting at dinnertime? Check out these easy-to-make, hard-to-resist meals that all get a head start with a bag of frozen tater bites.

Tater Tot Hash with Poached Eggs

Skip the skillet for this easy breakfast hash that also makes a satisfying dinner. The tasty trio of seasoned bell peppers, onions, and frozen tater bites roast together effortlessly on a sheet pan, before getting topped with perfectly runny three-minute poached eggs.  

Beef and Quinoa Shepherd’s Pie

A crispy crown of tater tots transforms classic shepherd’s pie into a “can we have this again??” crowd-pleaser. Kids love the taste; parents will love the convenience and added nutrients of the frozen veggies and quinoa. (It’s even got frozen chopped spinach!)  

Queso Totchos

Golden potato bites replace tortilla chips in this all-star appetizer-slash-dinner topped with the crunch of fresh veggies. Plus, the family will get a kick out of the name. Totchos! Nachos but with tots! Get it?! 

Mini Tater Bite Omelets

You can customize these two-bite omelets—baked inside a muffin pan—with any fresh or frozen veggies your family likes. The combo of eggs, tater tots, and cheddar cheese is delicious with broccoli and bell peppers, but you can totally mix it up with chopped spinach, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, or anything at all!  

Cheesy Meatball and Tater Bite Skewers

Why aren’t more meals served on sticks? Two frozen shortcuts, tater bites, and turkey meatballs, fast-track these easy, cheesy skewers that come together with just 10 minutes of easy prep.  

Potato and Maple Sausage Fri-tot-a Casserole

This hearty bake combines the best parts of a full diner breakfast—cheesy eggs, sausage, and crispy potatoes—into one easy make-ahead meal. Just assemble prepared ingredients in a baking dish and pop it in the oven when you’re ready to feed a hungry brunch crowd. Note: It’s also a winner for dinner. 

Breakfast Pizza

Don’t be fooled by the name … this fully loaded breakfast pizza is delicious morning, noon, or night. Tater bites, eggs, and Canadian bacon upgrade a simple frozen cheese pizza to a five-ingredient feast. 

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