Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.


32 appetizers

Updated: Feb. 11, 2023
Indulge in just one of these bacon-wrapped Tater Tots and you’ll taste why they’re a hit with kids of all ages. They’ll go fast, so you may want double the recipe! —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 16 bacon strips, halved crosswise
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 32 frozen Tater Tots, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  2. Combine syrup and pepper flakes. Dip each bacon piece in syrup mixture, then wrap around a Tater Tot. Secure with toothpicks.
  3. Place on a greased rack in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until bacon is crisp, 12-15 minutes.
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots Tips

Can you make bacon-wrapped Tater Tots ahead of time?

These tater tots are the perfect make-ahead appetizer for any party or family meal! Simply complete all the steps prior to baking, and refrigerate them in a container for up to 2 to 3 days. When ready to cook, simply preheat the oven to 400°F, and bake them for the recommended amount of time.

How else can you cook bacon-wrapped Tater Tots?

If you don’t want to wait for your oven to preheat, these bacon-wrapped Tater Tots can easily be popped into an air fryer and cooked until golden brown and delicious. You can air fry Tater Tots at 350° for 14 to 16 minutes—or until bacon reaches your desired crispness—and the Tater Tots are cooked through. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to adjust the cooking time by 1 to 2 minutes.

What else can you wrap in bacon?

If you can't get enough bacon-wrapped recipes, there are plenty of other appetizers you can make. Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, bacon-wrapped apricot bites, and bacon-wrapped smoked sausage links are just a few delicious ideas.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 52 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.