Loaded Tater Tot Cups

15 minutes
30 minutes
45 minutes
12 cups
Loaded baked potatoes turned into crispy cheesy tater tot cups! It's the most delicious finger food and it's also incredibly easy to make. They're packed with sour cream, beef bacon, and all the cheddar cheese and chives just like a loaded baked potato!
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Loaded Tater Tot Cups

Loaded baked potatoes turned into crispy cheesy tater tot cups! It’s the most delicious finger food and it’s also incredibly easy to make. They’re packed with sour cream, beef bacon, and all the cheddar cheese and chives just like a loaded baked potato!

Making the Tater Tot Cups

I love making this recipe when I’m having guests over last minute because of how easy it is but everyone is still always shocked at how good they are! It’s a win for everyone. The trick is to use frozen tater tots.

To take this to the next level, I made a garlic butter to brush the cupcake tin with for extra flavor. Here’s what you need for the garlic butter:

  • unsalted butter, melted
  • parmesan
  • chopped parsley
  • minced garlic
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • oregano

Just add all the ingredients above and mix together and now you have homemade garlic butter! Brush into each cup in a cupcake tray.

Add 5 to 6 tater tots into each cup. Pop in the oven to bake at 425°F for 10 minutes. You don’t need to bake them fully, just half-way. Take the tray out of the oven and use a small glass or muddler to smash the tater tots down and form a cup shape. Brush the inside of each tater tot cup with a bit more garlic butter.

TIP: I used a round espresso shot glass and it worked perfectly to create the shape. If you are having issues with the tater tots sticking, spray the glass with oil.

Add some shredded cheddar cheese into the cup and pop it back in the oven for 13 to 17 more minutes until golden and crispy all around. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for five minutes. The tater tot cups should slide right out and then it’s time to load them up.

The Toppings

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make it your own! You can absolutely load it with anything and everything you love.

For a classic and simple baked potato, you would add sour cream, beef bacon, chopped chives or green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Another version you can try that is so good is turning it into a breakfast food. Add scrambled eggs, chopped beef bacon, avocado, and even a chipotle aioli.

You can also make a taco-inspired flavor profile and fill the tater tot cups with seasoned ground beef, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese!

There are so many different variations you can try – have fun with it! Let me know in the comment section below what combo you end up trying.

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Loaded Tater Tot Cups

Loaded baked potatoes turned into crispy cheesy tater tot cups! It's the most delicious finger food and it's also incredibly easy to make. They're packed with sour cream, beef bacon, and all the cheddar cheese and chives just like a loaded baked potato!

Loaded baked potatoes turned into crispy cheesy tater tot cups! It's the most delicious finger food and it's also incredibly easy to make. They're packed with sour cream, beef bacon, and all the cheddar cheese and chives just like a loaded baked potato!

15 minutes
30 minutes
45 minutes
12 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • avocado oil spray
  • sour cream
  • beef bacon, chopped
  • green onions or chives, thinly sliced
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
GARLIC BUTTER
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

MAKE THE GARLIC BUTTER
  1. In a small bowl, mix butter with parsley, garlic, parmesan, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
MAKE THE CUPS
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Brush each cup in a cupcake tray with garlic butter or just spray with avocado oil.
  3. Add 5 to 6 tater tots into each cup and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Take out of the oven and use a shot glass to mash the tater tots into a cup shape.
  5. Brush the inside with more garlic butter and add a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese inside each cup.
  6. Pop back in the oven and bake for 13 to 17 minutes until golden and crispy all around.
  7. Take out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, and then slide out the cups.
  8. Add sour cream, beef bacon, green onions, and more cheese into each cup and serve warm!
Tips & Notes
The garlic butter is completely optional. You can also just spray the tin with avocado oil spray if your cupcake tray is not non-stick.
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