Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots

Bacon wrapped cheesy tator tots in red bowl with cheer pom poms in background

Here in the South-more specifically Alabama-fall means college football. We look forward to the first Saturday of college football like a child looks forward to Christmas morning.

Anything with bacon in it is going to be a hit at your party but when you wrap bacon around a tator tot stuffed with cheese it’s like serving poppable bites of loaded baked potatoes.

Tator tots, cheddar cheese, and bacon assembed on a cutting board to make bacon wrapped tator tots

The assembling of this tasty snack is simple but I don’t know about you but I’m a visual learner so here is the process in a picture. Be sure to only partially thaw the tator tots or they tend to fall apart. Don’t worry about completely enclosing the cheese in the tater tot; the bacon will hold it all together.

Bacon wrapped tator tots wrapped in raw bacon on a wire rack

Line your rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil. I learned the hard way this is not the time to use parchment paper. Foil makes for easy clean up and I’m all about easy clean up!

Close up raw bacon wrapped tator tots on wire rack

Another tip: don’t use thick bacon. You want the bacon to be thin enough to wrap around the tater tot and crisp up in the oven in about 25 minutes. Thick back doesn’t wrap that well with the small tots and takes much longer to cook all wrapped up.

Cooked bacon wrapped cheesy tator tots on a wire rack

You’ve heard of a cheese pull. Well, say hello to the cheese drip! This was my favorite part. I scraped up the toasted cheese that dripped onto the foil and it was so yummy! If you prefer more cheese to stay inside the potato just wrapped the bacon so that the ends are covered better.

If you love bacon like I do try my Sour Cream and Green Onion Potato Salad with Bacon, Tomato and Vidalia Onion Pie with Bacon, Bacon-Wrapped Venison Backstrap Roast.

Watch my live tv segments for making Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots.

WBRC Fox 6 Good Day Alabama here.

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tator Tots with SEC football colors Wallace State

ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama Part 1 and Part 2

Talk of Alabama Kathleen Phillips with Nicole Allshouse making Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots Part 2 Talk of Alabama Kathleen Phillips with Nicole Allshouse making Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots Part 1

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots
Prep Time
14 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
39 mins
 
These cheesy bites of potato and bacon are perfect for snacks, appetizers, party food and even breakfast! That’s right- they taste just like a bite-size breakfast casserole and only 3 ingredients!.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cheese, party food, potato, tailgating
Servings: 24 servings
Author: GritsAndGouda.com
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Cheddar cheese from an 8 ounce block
  • 24 frozen tater tots
  • 12 slices bacon cut in half (avoid thick-cut bacon)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet pan with aluminum foil and place a cooling rack on the foil.
  2. Cut cheese into 1/4-inch thick x 1-inch long sticks.
  3. Place tater tots on a paper plate or microwave-safe plate and microwave on HIGH for about 45 seconds or until partially thawed. They will tend to fall apart if they are completely thawed. With a sharp or serrated knife, make a slit lengthwise halfway into the tater tot. Insert a piece of cheese and press the tater tot together around the cheese.

  4. Wrap a piece of bacon (remember they are cut in half) around the filled tator tot and place on the prepared cooling rack. Bake for 25 minutes or until bacon is done and crisp around the edges.
  5. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Note: Try seasoned or onion-flavored tater tots for added flavor.

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Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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