Recipe: 5-Ingredient Loaded Totchos

updated Apr 30, 2019

These totchos taste just like a loaded baked potato with bacon, cheddar, and sour cream.

Serves4 to 6

Prep5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook35 minutes to 40 minutes

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On their own, tater tots already fall squarely into comfort-food territory. But bake them like a tray of nachos and dress them up like a loaded baked potato, with plenty of sharp cheddar, crumbles of salty bacon, and generous dollops of sour cream, and be prepared to enter a whole new level of comfort-food bliss. Whether you’re binging The Bachelor with friends, watching the game, or settling into weeknight dinner with your little ones, this is how to win over your crowd.

The Best Loaded Totchos

Totchos are simply tater tots that are treated like nachos. They’re baked in the oven (preferably for a few extra minutes for maximum crispiness!), loaded with cheese and bacon, returned to the oven, then topped with the best loaded potato fixins, including sour cream and scallions.

Get a head start by cooking the bacon ahead of time, or slide it in the oven when you put the tater tots in. The oven temp for the tots will be a little higher than our go-to method for bacon, so plan to cut a few minutes off the bacon’s cook time. It’s best to start checking at about the 10-minute mark, then every couple of minutes after that until it’s crispy.

When the totchos are ready, serve them directly from the sheet pan, or use a wide spatula to slide the whole thing onto a platter.

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These totchos taste just like a loaded baked potato with bacon, cheddar, and sour cream.

Prep time 5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook time 35 minutes to 40 minutes

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info


  • 1 (32-ounce) bag

    frozen tater tots

  • 1 1/2 cups

    grated sharp cheddar cheese (6 ounces)

  • 8 strips

    bacon (about 8 ounces), cooked and crumbled

  • 1/2 cup

    sour cream

  • 3

    medium scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to the temperature directed on the tater tots instructions. Place the tater tots in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake according to the package instructions. (We often find baking them a few minutes longer maximizes crispiness).

  2. Change the oven temperature to 425°F if needed. Remove the tray of tots from the oven. Evenly sprinkle the cheese over the tater tots, followed by the crumbled bacon. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes more. Dollop the sour cream and sprinkle the scallions over the top. Serve immediately.