Loaded Tater Tots

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jan. 24, 2023
Playing with food is loads of fun when you have loaded Tater Tots. Let kids build their own for smiles all around. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota
Loaded Tater Tots Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups frozen miniature Tater Tots
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives, optional
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Bake Tater Tots according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  3. To serve, top Tater Tots with beef mixture, cheese, lettuce and, if desired, olives. Serve with taco sauce and sour cream.
Loaded Tater Tots Tips

How else can you cook frozen Tater Tots?

Although the oven is a great option for heating up Tater Tots, you could also use the air fryer. Tater Tots are just one of the many air-fried frozen foods we love! They'll be heated through after 12-15 minutes at 400°F. Halfway through, give the basket a good shake to make sure none of them stick together.

What else can you put on loaded Tater Tots?

There are plenty of ways to load up your Tater Tots even more. If you want more cheese, drizzle your favorite queso over the dish. Give each bite a little kick with sliced pickled jalapenos. Add some creaminess with a dollop of guacamole on top. And chopped bacon and green onions would provide a little crunch.

What can you serve with loaded Tater Tots?

Because these loaded Tater Tots have taco toppings, such as seasoned ground beef and taco sauce, treat them as you would the Mexican staple by serving them alongside your favorite margarita! If you liked this recipe, try more of our Tater Tot recipes.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 375 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 828mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.