So why would anyone go to all of the trouble of making homemade tater -tots? Well, because they are so easy, you can create endless variations (bacon tots, anyone?), and they even freeze well! Best of all – you’ll love the flavor! PSA: I LOVE them with this Jezebel Sauce instead of catsup.
For this recipe you’ll need these ingredients: potatoes, onions, salt, pepper, flour, oil (i like peanut oil the best)
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A Homemade Tater Tots Recipe You’ll Love
And… I like that when I make this tater tots recipe they don’t have all of the junk chemicals in them.
I loved tater tots long before I knew who Napoleon Dynamite was.
My mother was the queen of frozen food so I had the opportunity to eat them a lot when I was growing up. There is something about the crispy outside and the tender inside that is addictive and I had decided that I was going to make tater tots if it killed me (it didn’t) but if I couldn’t get them right I wasn’t posting them. I wouldn’t even admit to trying.
These were so right. So very right.
Not only is this homemade tater tot recipe easy but you can tweak it to your heart’s content. For example, you can add:
- Ranch dressing mix (the powdered kind)
- Taco seasoning
- Chopped BBQ
- Make them with sweet potatoes or yams
OK — You get what I am saying, right? Experiment, y’all. How can you go wrong with potatoes as the base?
Tips for Making Homemade Tots
This homemade tater-tots recipe is one of our favorites. It’s so easy to make and I love creating as many variations as I can think up! Here are some tips that will help ensure your success.
- You can save time by using the shredded hash browns in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
- Don’t forget to parboil the potatoes.
- Grate them gently after you parboil them – you don’t want them mushy.
- If you are adding other ingredients do so sparingly – 1 tablespoon per cup of potatoes is about right.
- You can use flour, cornstarch, or potato starch as a binder but go easy on it.
- Use peanut oil unless someone has an allergy – it just fries better.
- Make sure your oil is new and not rancid, and definitely don’t reuse oil more than once.
- Use an electric deep fryer to keep the temperature even.
- Never overcrowd the fryer.
- If they seem to wet you might try making them with powdered dried onion or powdered garlic instead of fresh.
To Make in an Air Fryer
If you’d like to try making these in an air fryer here are some tips:
- Be sure to chill them first. You can also cook them from frozen.
- Spray lightly with olive oil.
- Place them in the air fryer so that the sides don’t touch.
- Turn a couple of times during cooking.
- This may take 15 minutes or so.
If there is any trick at all to make these tater-tots it is in the shaping.
You can coarsely chop the potatoes in your food processor or grate them on the big holes in your grater. I think the grater works better and gives the texture I like but try both to see what you want to do.
If you mash the mixture together too firmly you end up with the wrong texture. If it is not shaped firmly enough you end up with something that is flat or crumbles. I found that gently shaping the about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mixture into a log was just about right. It took me about 5 tries to get the hang of it.
More Great Side Dishes
What’s a dinner without some great sides to go with it? Here are some of my very favorites – I think you’ll love them, too.
- Fried Potatoes are one one my most favorite foods! I grew up on them – crispy on the bottom and tender in the middle.
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries are crispy, sweet, and a little spicy.
- Quick Au Gratin Potatoes are made on top of the stove to free up oven space. They are so creamy!
- Roast Sweet Potatoes caramelize on the outside and are sweet and creamy on the inside. SO good!
- Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad is one of those things that brings back memories with every bite!
- Pineapple Casserole is a Southern dish that is one of those things people love or hate. I am definitely team pineapple casserole!
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Tater Tots Recipe
I make this recipe so often you’d think I’d have updated the images but we eat them as fast as they come out of the fryer! Unbelievably good, y’all!
If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars!
Homemade Tater Tots Recipe
- 2 pounds potatoes
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
- Oil for frying, (I prefer peanut oil)
- Cut the potatoes in fourths and parboil them in a generous amount of water to cover.
- Allow to cool, at least to the point you can handle them.
- Grate them on the big holes of your grater.
- Gently place them in a bowl.
- Add the flour, salt, pepper, and onion and mix gently.
- Let stand for about 5 minutes.
- Heat the oil up to 355-360F
- Use 1 1/2 teaspoons potato mixture for each tot.
- Shape the potato mixture gently until it is in the shape of a tater tot.
- Fry, a few at a time, in the hot oil just until they are golden brown.
- Drain on absorbent paper.
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