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tater tots in oven-safe dish with second layer of tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots

These Air Fryer Tater Tots are a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal, side, or snack from frozen tater tots.
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 216kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous
Cost: $5


  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots (half of a bag)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • non-stick spray

Toppings for Baked Potato Tots

  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • ranch dressing (optional)


Air Fry the Tater Tots

  • Preheat the air fryer at 400°F for 3 minutes or according to instructions for your air fryer. Once preheated, spray the basket with non-stick spray and place the frozen tater tots in the basket (don't overcrowd the basket to ensure the tots are cooked on all sides). Spray the top of the tots with the non-stick spray as well.
    frozen tater tots in air fryer basket
  • Cook the tots for 5 minutes at 400°F. Flip all of the tots over, spray the other side with non-stick spray and cook for another 5 minutes. Flip one more time and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the tots are nice and brown and crispy. Sprinkle right away with salt so that it sticks as they cool.
    tater tots in air fryer basket after cooking

Baked Potato Tater Tots

  • Place a single layer of tots in an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle the top with cheese. Add another layer of tots and sprinkle the top with more cheese.
    tater tots in oven-safe dish with second layer of tots and cheese
  • Place the oven-safe dish under the broiler in the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted. Remove the dish from the oven.
    tots with cheese melted on top
  • Top the cheesy tots with sour cream, bacon pieces, and green onion. Serve and dip in ranch if you want an extra tangy flavor. Enjoy!
    tater tots with melted cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions



  • Nutrition calculations are for the tater tots WITHOUT toppings. 
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 10.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Sodium: 1609mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.