Homemade Potato Tots ( Tater Tots )

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Add minced fresh onion if desired, these are great because you just prepare and freeze and just remove from the freezer when needed.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely shred or use a ricer while potatoes are still hot.
  2. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and onion (if using).
  3. Heat 1/4-in oil in heavy pan.
  4. Form into small balls and drop in oil; fry until slightly golden.
  5. Drain on paper towels, then freeze for tater tot casseroles or to serve alone.
  6. When ready to serve, remove from freezer.
  7. Bake in single layers on a greased baking sheet; at 400 degrees until desired doneness.
Most Helpful

I live in the Netherlands - a TaterTot-free zone - so I had to find a substitute. Saw the problems with binding and made some changes, which worked-out very well: * Used a higher-protein bread flour instead and a small egg to bind it all * Used dehydrated onion instead. Less wet and it bound nicely. * Riced 6 potatoes and then roughly chopped the last two, so there were more meaty blocks of potato in the mix. In the deep fryer and it worked out perfectly! I also used some cracked pepper with my salt because I like the little kick. Really good recipe...Thanks!

jtrascap January 07, 2009

Try this: after you have made your tatertot balls, roll them in some egg wash and bread crumbs, then fry them. Delicious!

snooky0049_12922325 February 14, 2011

I posted the recipe not knowing this was already posted. I made it again this weekend. Skip the onions and use dried onion flakes. It makes it more wet using the onion. Shape into balls and set in the fridge to chill. Make sure your deep fryer is on the hottest setting. Use a deep fryer. Pan won't get hot enough. My kids won't touch the bagged stuff. They love this recipe. You can add a cube of cheese in the middle of each tater tot while shapping them.

Linajjac December 15, 2008