Looking for something different to serve up as a snack? Why not serve homemade stuffed tater tots? They aren’t just for kids! This recipe is made with baked potatoes, gooey cheese, chives, and garlic to please a more grown up palate. And they are baked instead of fried so you eat then with less guilt.

Our recipe is perfect for using leftover baked potatoes and any cheeses you have lurking in the fridge. Russet potatoes work well because of their high starch content, but red or gold potatoes are a suitable alternative.

Cheese stuffed tater tots make a versatile side or snack anytime of the year! Make an extra batch to freeze before baking—all you have to do is pop them into the oven when you’re ready! If you really want to cut the prep time down, simply make patties instead of tots.

No matter how you choose to serve our stuffed tater tots, they’ll be gone before you know it.

Gooey cheese stuffed tater tots, freshly made and ready to devour.

Cheese-Stuffed Tater Tots Recipe

Combine baked potatoes and cheese to make baked, not fried, stuffed tater tots adults will love as much as the kids.


Yield: 4 servings
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel skin from baked and cooled potatoes and coarsely grate into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt, chives, garlic powder and potato starch over potatoes then toss gently to coat. Add shredded cheddar cheese then toss gently to incorporate.
  • Press small amount of potato mixture together in your hand (if it falls apart, add more starch in 1 tsp increments until mixture holds its form). Cut string cheese in half lengthwise, then cut into ½"– ¾" long pieces.
  • Place 1 heaping Tbsp of potato mixture into palm of hand and indent with thumb then place 1 piece of string cheese in center of potato mixture. Cover string cheese completely with potatoes (form a tot with the cheese in the center of the potato mixture). Continue to form tater tots, pressing firmly so they hold together. Repeat with all remaining filling and cheese.
  • Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper then coat with cooking spray. Evenly space tots on baking sheet then brush with oil and bake 12−15 minutes, turning once halfway through baking.
  • Remove from oven, cool slightly then serve.


Short on time? Make patties instead!
Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 914mg, Potassium: 708mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g
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