Tater Tot Recipes That Make Potatoes Proud (PHOTOS)

Get ready to see more tater tots than you could ever have hoped for.

Of all the great ways you can cook a potato -- mashed, fried, hashbrowned -- there's no better fate for our beloved spud than a tater tot. Tater tots might have been the result of Ore-Ida's abundant potato scrap problem, but that doesn't diminish their position in our hearts (and appetites).

Tater tots have a cultish fan base and it's not hard to understand why -- they're a special kind of potato. There's something great that happens when you shape grated potatoes into a perfectly compact, small cylindrical shape and fry them to a deep golden-brown color. They become light and airy, crisp and hearty, all at the same time. And, they're damn good, too.

You can never go wrong with a basic plate of tater tots -- no frills, just golden potato. But when you do decide to do more with tots, you get magical creations like totchos. Check out the 21 best things you should be doing with tater tots -- besides just eating them straight up, of course.

Tatertot Hotdish
The House of Brinson
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Hotdish, a proud creation of the midwest, is a type of casserole traditionally made with canned cream soup. This iteration of it is a mix of chili, corn and black beans topped with a gorgeous crown of cheese and tater tots. This dish can't be stopped.
Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip
Averie Cooks
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Tater Tots With Dijon Gravy
Climbing Grier Mountain
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Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
Recipe Girl
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Tater Tot Breakfast Nachos
I Am A Food Blog
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Tater Tot And Bratwurst Casserole
I Wash You Dry
Bacon Jalapeño Poppers With A Cheesy Tater Tot Crust
The Hopeless Housewife
Beefy Tater Tot Casserole
Southern Bite
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Totchos Salad
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Totchos Supreme
Foodie with Family
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Tater Tots Breakfast Casserole
Voodoo And Sauce
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Indian Tater Tots
Cooking With Siri
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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole
Buns In My Oven
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The Little Kitchen
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Fully Loaded Tater Tots
Food, Family & Finds
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Turkey Tater Tot Casserole
Simply Being Mommy
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Ranch Tater Tot Casserole
A Zesty Bite
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Taco Tater Tots Casserole
Cully's Kitchen
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Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole
Novice Housewife
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Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza
That Was Vegan?
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Bacon-Ranch Tater Tots
Tracey's Culinary Adventure
Get the Bacon-Ranch Tater Tots recipe by Tracey's Culinary Adventure

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