Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco

Game Day is almost here, and the best thing about game day (besides watching those guys in tight pants running around the field with a football) is definitely the food… comfort food of all sorts… food you’re willing to sacrifice extra time at the gym for… food that you only treat yourself to once a year on Super Bowl Sunday.  A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be quite right without comfort food, would it?  I’ve got a quick and easy appetizer recipe for you that requires only 4 ingredients:  bacon, tater tots, cheddar cheese and TABASCO® Original Red.

Are you a fan of Tabasco?  Do you douse your scrambled eggs with it, drizzle it on your pizza or pour it into your Bloody Mary?  I’m always curious to know how people use this stuff.  Well, Tabasco sauce is the secret ingredient here, so don’t even think of leaving it out. It enhances the flavor of these little bites, taking them from ho-hum to woo-hoo!

Here’s the how-to:

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 1The key ingredients:  frozen tater tots, Tabasco sauce, sharp cheddar cheese and center-cut bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 2These are so easy to assemble.  Lay out a half-slice of bacon on a working surface.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 3Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 4Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot.

Bacon Wrapped tater Tots 5Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 6Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 7Wrap the bacon tightly around.

Bacon Wrapped tater Tots 8Secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 12Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes, until tater tots are cooked through and bacon is crispy.  Drain on paper towels to rid these little bites of any excess fat.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 15

Serve immediately!

Bacon Wrapped Tater TotsIf you’re feeling adventurous, you can try one of the suggested variations.  Include a pickle for a little bit of a salty addition.  Roll the original in brown sugar before baking.  Or stuff with cream cheese and pepperoncini instead.

The Tabasco adds a very small amount of kick- just enough flavor to bring some special pizzazz to this appetizer.  Since some like it hot, it would be a nice idea to leave the bottle of TABASCO® Original Red on the table so your spicy friends can go at it as they wish.  Serve these these bites on their own or with a little dish of sour cream mixed with Tabasco for dipping.

This appetizer rocks.  It’s easy to assemble, it’s kid-friendly, and football fans will devour these in no time at all.  In our house, the hands-down favorite was the variation where you roll the original in brown sugar before baking.  The flavors of sweet, smoky, and spicy were a delicious combination.

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Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Yield: 24 appetizers

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Yield: 24 appetizers


24 tater tots, partially defrosted (about 15 minutes at room temperature)
12 strips of center-cut bacon, cut in half
24 small chunks of sharp cheddar cheese (1/2-inch x 1/4-inch)
Tabasco sauce


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.

Lay a piece of bacon on a flat surface. Place a tater tot on top. Using a sharp knife, gently cut a slit down the center of the tater tot. Wiggle a piece of cheese into the slit. Sprinkle Tabasco sauce on top. Wrap bacon tightly around the stuffed tater tot and secure with a toothpick.

Bake 15 minutes, or until they appear to be cooked through and the bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.


*Tater tots are found in the frozen section- Ore Ida makes them.
*Variations: add a piece of pickle on top of the cheese. Roll the bacon-wrapped tater tot in brown sugar before baking to add a little sweet flavor to this (my favorite way to make these)- just make sure you don’t over-bake them though or the sugar will make them burn. Or try replacing the cheddar cheese with cream cheese and a piece of pepperoncini.
*Make ahead tip: Assemble these a few hours ahead, place them on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and bake when ready.
*Try serving them up with a spicy sour cream dip- sour cream mixed with a little bit of Tabasco sauce.


For more Super Bowl recipes, please see my post on 101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet

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70 Responses to “Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco”

  1. 1

    The Duo Dishes — February 3, 2011 @ 8:10 AM

    And here we have all that is right in this world.

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    Amanda — February 3, 2011 @ 8:13 AM

    Holy yum girl!

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    Janet — February 3, 2011 @ 8:21 AM

    This is dangerous because I would eat them all! Fab idea, Lori!

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    LilSis — February 3, 2011 @ 8:34 AM

    YUMMY!!! I’ve seen lots of things wrapped in bacon, but never a tater tot. We love tots! My hubby and teenage son are going to go CRAZY over these! I think I’ll make them on Sunday! I bet they won’t even make it to the serving plate!

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    Kirby — February 3, 2011 @ 8:34 AM

    Oh my..I want them now! I’ve had the ones with jalapenos before, but these look fabulous!!

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    Kitten with a Whisk — February 3, 2011 @ 8:44 AM

    How can you not love this? Tater tots? Good. Cheese? Good. Bacon? GOOD!

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    kellypea — February 3, 2011 @ 8:55 AM

    Those & Me. Lunch today. I wish!

  8. 8

    Jana — February 3, 2011 @ 9:43 AM

    I have been drooling all morning since seeing this recipe! Wonderful.

  9. 9

    elly — February 3, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

    I think my husband would have no qualms about leaving me to marry you and get these. :)

  10. 10

    Amy — February 3, 2011 @ 11:43 AM

    Oh good lord, Lori. What are you doing to me?! My thighs hate you…

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 3, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

    Be still my heart! Look at that wonderful bacon!

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    Emily — February 3, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

    How cute are these?! I bet I could eat a dozen of them.

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    Lana — February 3, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

    Oh, Lori! Shame on you, girl! Posting totally sinful recipes like this one! I thank you, my husband thanks you, but my thighs are going to pay the price :-)

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    maria — February 3, 2011 @ 1:09 PM

    What a fun snack for the Super Bowl!

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    Paula — February 3, 2011 @ 1:13 PM

    wow, that must be so delicious with tabasco sauce!

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    Amanda — February 3, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

    You had me at bacon. Great recipe… my kids would adore this!!!

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    Michelle — February 3, 2011 @ 2:13 PM

    NO WAY! This is brilliant. Who doesn’t love tater tots in the first place, then add sharp cheddar and bacon? mmmmm mmmmm

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    Alison @ Ingredients — February 3, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

    omg! What an idea! This is fabulous!

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    Megan — February 3, 2011 @ 3:00 PM

    These look tasty! And so simple to make too. If I were having people over for the big game, I’d definitely make them.

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    melissa — February 3, 2011 @ 5:50 PM

    Love them ALL. Every variation. SO making these on Sunday.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste — February 3, 2011 @ 6:51 PM

    I love how easy this is Lori!!

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    Stacey — February 3, 2011 @ 8:11 PM

    I’m gonna try these with Green Tabasco! Yummola!

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    Beauty & the Feast — February 4, 2011 @ 5:38 AM

    I NEED these!!!

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    Jessica — February 4, 2011 @ 6:22 AM

    My husband took one look at these and said, “we’re making these for the superbowl.” I didn’t think we were watching the super bowl, but apparently we are now:)

  25. 25

    marla — February 4, 2011 @ 6:29 AM

    OMG – Lori you have a little bit of everything fabulous in these. My kids would love ‘em!

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    a frog in cottage — February 4, 2011 @ 6:38 AM

    the perfect aperitif companion !!

  27. 27

    Lori Lange — February 4, 2011 @ 6:44 AM

    @Jessica, lol! Hope you enjoy them :)

  28. 28

    Tracy — February 4, 2011 @ 7:04 AM

    Oh my goodness, how fun are these! I haven’t had tater tots in forever; that must be remedied!

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    Katrina — February 4, 2011 @ 7:17 AM

    What a fun little treat. I just saw the guy who writes Eat This Not That on the Today Show yesterday and he said tater tots are much better than eating French fries. This works. ;)

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    Aliza @ Baker By Nig — February 4, 2011 @ 7:27 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    These look amazing. I wish I hadn’t been surfing TS while at school, now I have to wait until I get home to make these. Cheese, tot, bacon, I don’t think you could go wrong! This will be dinner!

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    Rosa — February 4, 2011 @ 7:58 AM

    hat looks devilishly scrummy! Perfect fingerfood.



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    Jamie — February 4, 2011 @ 7:59 AM

    I saw this recipe in our local grocery store flyer on Sunday for Super Bowl ideas. I thought it looked delicious. I like how you used Tabasco –although I am a Sriracha girl myself.
    My mother-in-law makes little smokies wrapped in bacon then rolled in brown sugar. They are delicious. I would have never thought about rolling a bacon wrapped tot in brown sugar, but I think I’m going to have to try it.
    I have loved seeing all the inspiring Super Bowl dishes you have shared this week. I hope you give us a post game wrap-up of what you decided to serve.

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    Pam — February 4, 2011 @ 8:13 AM

    Oh boy… these would be dangerous for me. I could probably eat half the pan by myself. YUM!

  34. 34

    Jenny Flake — February 4, 2011 @ 8:52 AM

    Love this Lori! I can practically taste them from here!

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    Lori Lange — February 4, 2011 @ 9:04 AM

    @Jamie, That’s so funny… my son & I were just sitting around the other night thinking about what we could wrap in bacon and Tater Tots was what we came up with. Guess we weren’t so original, lol!

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    Lauren Slayton — February 4, 2011 @ 10:17 AM

    Bad Bad recipe girl but these sound sooooo good. Love your site.

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    Lynn — February 4, 2011 @ 10:31 AM

    Those look like they’d be gone in the first 10 minutes of the game. Of course, anything with bacon is magic!

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    Georgia — February 4, 2011 @ 11:27 AM

    Oh my goodness, those look SO good! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m so glad to have found your beautiful blog and look forward to seeing more! :) – Georgia

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    Sweet Pea's Kitchen — February 4, 2011 @ 12:28 PM

    Wow! Those look great! Just the perfect appetizer for football games! Yummy! :)

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    doughmesstic — February 4, 2011 @ 1:55 PM

    Sweet Lord. There went Weight Watchers! :)
    These look so fun and perfect for this weekend!

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    Alissa — February 4, 2011 @ 2:01 PM

    And the winning recipe to “anything wrapped in bacon tastes good” is to you!!! WOW!!

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    peabody — February 4, 2011 @ 5:14 PM

    Holy Yum…though I can’t have the Tobassco, I so want to make a verion of these!

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    Marilyn@ButteryBooks — February 4, 2011 @ 8:06 PM

    Perfect – absolutely perfect for Superbowl!

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    Mrs. Mix It — February 4, 2011 @ 9:48 PM

    Looks yummy and reminds me of a couple recipes I do with dates! However I love a good tatertot so Im going to try this.

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    Karly — February 5, 2011 @ 8:14 AM

    Holy moly, these sound insanely good! I never would have though of rolling a tater tot in bacon, let alone stuffing one with cheese! You’re a genius.

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    Mikaela Cowles — February 5, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

    I didn’t have to read anything past the first three words of your title to know I was going to love this post and recipe! YUM YUM YUM!!!

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    Melissa — February 5, 2011 @ 5:18 PM

    You. Are. Kidding. Me.
    The cutest, cutest recipe ever. Tater tots are just adorable anyways but that little cheese wedge… you’re killing me!!! I’ve got try these!!!

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    Angela — February 5, 2011 @ 7:47 PM

    This just look ridiculously delicious. I hope you don’t mind if I include them in my blogroll of favorite Super Bowl posts.

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 5, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

    That little Tater Tot got a big makeover. Fun idea!

  50. 50

    Wenderly — February 6, 2011 @ 6:43 AM

    Calories don’t count on Super Bowl Sunday, right? I’m going to need about 432 of these little darlings!

  51. 51

    Heather @ Side of Sn — February 6, 2011 @ 6:43 AM

    Oh my gosh I think if I make these today my husband and his friends will love me forever. Thanks for sharing!

  52. 52

    Kristen — February 6, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

    I’ve been dreaming of these since I first saw this post. I want some now!!

  53. 53

    the urban baker — February 6, 2011 @ 11:30 AM

    can you send a box of those over to my house. these are brilliant!

  54. 54

    Barbara — February 6, 2011 @ 12:41 PM

    You, my dear, are a very bad influence! And of course, I copied the recipe instantly.

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    Megan — February 6, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    We ran out to the store this morning JUST to get the goods to makes these. Thanks for this…it’s so faboosh it’s killing me.

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    Nikki Thomas — February 6, 2011 @ 2:23 PM

    Tater tots wrapped in bacon with cheese? That’s a new one. Sounds tasty though, especially the bacon wrapped in brown sugar.

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    Donna — February 6, 2011 @ 4:13 PM

    Saw ‘em, made ‘em, blogged about ‘em. Thank you for sharing this recipe. They were so delicious.

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    Jessica — February 6, 2011 @ 10:53 PM

    I said it on twitter and I will say it again….you are pure evil! These look delicious girl!

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    Cakewalker — February 7, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

    I’m smitten with these… Yum!

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    Leslie Green — February 8, 2011 @ 9:42 AM

    These are genius…just genius!!!

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    simone leblanc — February 8, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

    Nothing had ever sounded more delicious!

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 14, 2011 @ 3:47 PM

    These are totally genius! I love tater tots and wrapping them in bacon seems so logical, haha!

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    Norma Espinoza — September 18, 2011 @ 8:51 AM

    I love your site! Just Liked you on FB and suscribed to your page as well. Already have a ton of recipes to print! Thanks!
    Norma Maricopa, Az.

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    Lori Lange — September 18, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

    You’re welcome!

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    Megan — December 31, 2011 @ 1:26 PM

    I just decided to make these today and wanted to share my variation! I had a leftover Jalapeño Popper Spread (cream cheese, mayo, jalapeños, green chiles. AMAZING!) so I sliced a little section from the tater tot and piped in that dip/spread! Super easy and fabulous! Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

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    jennifer — January 9, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

    What an awesome idea! And I can’t think of three things that go better together. The perfect morsel for game day.

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    Gail — January 15, 2013 @ 7:07 AM

    Hi … your recipes look delicious … I love Tabasco … just wish there were nutritional values on them as I would be inclined to try more of them if there were

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    Lori Lange — January 17, 2013 @ 7:25 AM

    Hi Gail, I include nutritional values on recipes that are lower in fat/calories and are more diet/health conscious. Check out my Weight Watchers category to see those:

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    Victoria Leddy — April 19, 2013 @ 9:59 AM

    now, if you would just finish them in a little bit of chocolate drizzle, you’d really have something there!! hahahaha!! these look insanely yummy!

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    Roxanne — May 15, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

    I made these Bacon and Cheese Wraps, but after bacon is rolled around the tot, I rolled each one in Brown sugar. WOW!