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

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 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

These tots taste like little bites of heaven, but MAN this is a lot of work. The only thing I changed in the recipe was I subsitutes eggs for flour since I was unknowingly out of flour when putting all this together. Also, you MUST drain water out of the potatoes by squeezing them in a some sort of cloth otherwise they will not stick together.

hammiehaack February 22, 2011