Totchos

Totchos have all the great toppings of nachos and the comfort of tater tots mixed into one dish. They’re sure to become one of your favorite appetizers.

Totchos have all the great toppings of nachos and the comfort of tater tots mixed into one dish. They're sure to become one of your favorite appetizers.
I don’t know about you, but I think tater tots are an underused ingredient. Tater tots should never overlooked as an option for your meals. And we’re showing you why with tons of great tater tot recipes that range from breakfast to appetizers and even great dinners that aren’t just for kids.

What are totchos?

They’re the greatest invention ever! It takes two of the best appetizers you can find on a menu and mashes them together in such a fun fusion dish.

The tater tots act as chips in a plate of nachos. Yes, you heard that right. Tots and nachos together in one dish make this your new favorite game day snacks.

Do you need to use ground beef?

No. Ground beef is a common meat on nachos, which is why it’s used here, but it can be tailored to fit exactly what you’d like. Think grilled chicken, spicy chorizo, or even just some black beans if you’d like to make it vegetarian.

What can you top this with?

You can top this with anything that you’d find on regular nachos. It’s a great party dish. Set up a toppings bar and let your guests run wild with their imagination. Here are just a few ideas to use as totchos toppings:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • Green onion
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sour cream

Are there other types of totchos I can make?

Absolutely! There are all sorts of variations that you can do to make these your own. Try out one of these options when you’re looking for something different:

  • Breakfast Totchos: Make these with scrambled eggs and bacon bits with some melty cheese on top.
  • Pizza Totchos: Add some red sauce, pepperoni or sausage, and mozzarella to really give this dish new life.
  • Buffalo Chicken Totchos: Grill up some chicken breast and top with buffalo sauce, ranch or blue cheese, then some diced carrots and celery.
  • Cajun Totchos: Add some Cajun seasoning with diced peppers and Andouille sausage.

Can you make totchos ahead of time?

I recommend cooking the meat ahead of time so it’s ready to assemble right before eating. If you cook too far in advance, the tater tots might get too soggy. You could even set up the cast iron with the tots so it’s ready to bake.

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Totchos

Totchos have all the great toppings of nachos and the comfort of tater tots mixed into one dish. They’re sure to become one of your favorite appetizers.

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

For Totchos:
  • 1 (32 oz.) bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
To top:
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Green onion
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large cast iron pan, arrange tater tots in circles covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until tots are golden brown.
  4. While tots are cooking, in a medium skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium high. Add in ground beef, salt, and pepper. Break up meat and cook through until no longer pink. Drain off fat and set aside.
  5. Once tots are done cooking, add cooked ground beef then top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake until cheese is melted, another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven then top with favorite nacho toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, green onion, black olives, or sour cream.

Totchos have all the great toppings of nachos and the comfort of tater tots mixed into one dish. They\'re sure to become one of your favorite appetizers. #appetizerrecipe
Totchos have all the great toppings of nachos and the comfort of tater tots mixed into one dish. They\'re sure to become one of your favorite appetizers. #appetizerrecipe

Sam Ellis

Sam blogs at The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new recipes and ingredients from around the world. She thinks trying new dishes and spices is the easiest way to travel! She loves coffee so much that she often goes to bed excited for a fresh cup in the morning.