Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

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These Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots are quick and easy appetizer recipe for you that requires only 4 ingredients:  bacon, tater tots, cheddar cheese and Tabasco sauce.  This recipe is perfect for football season!

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

The best thing about game days (besides watching those guys in tight pants running around the field with a football) is definitely the food. We’re all about comfort food of all sorts right now. This is food you’re (eventually) willing to sacrifice extra time at the gym for. Comfort food is food that you only treat yourself to on days that you feel like you need it.  Watching football wouldn’t be quite right without comfort food, would it?

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Ingredients needed for Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Here are the key ingredients needed for this recipe: 
  • frozen tater tots
  • Tabasco sauce
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • center-cut bacon
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!

Making Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

How to make Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots:

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots are so easy to assemble! Lay out a piece of bacon. Put a tater tot on top. Cut open the tater tot a little bit. Place a chunk of cheese inside the tater tot. Drizzle Tabasco sauce on the cheese. Wrap the bacon around the tater tot.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Secure the bacon wrapped tot with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.  Repeat with the rest of your ingredients. Bake 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

Serve immediately!  If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try one of the suggested variations in the recipe below.  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 peperoncini instead.

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

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Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Such a fun recipe for a decadent snack!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 appetizers
Calories 78kcal
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, tater tots


  • 24 partially defrosted tater tots (15 min. at room temperature)
  • 12 strips center-cut bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 24 ½-inch chunks sharp cheddar cheese
  • 24 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 24 toothpicks


  • Preheat the 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. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • 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 peperoncini.
  • 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.


Serving: 1Tot | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Jill wrote:

    I made these a few weeks ago to take to a football party. They were the 1st item to disappear! I used a Buffalo Cheddar Cheese that I had on hand, so I didn’t need additional hot sauce. Everyone loved them!!!

  • Amy wrote:

    Can these be assembled and frozen ahead of time and then just cook them per instructions on day of needing them?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have not tried that!

  • Kelly wrote:

    Bacon wrapped tater-tots?!? What’s not to love?
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Paula Ramsay wrote:

    I am thinking that the bacon & tater tots don’t cook in the same amount of time…..doesn’t the bacon come out still mushy? Would it be an idea to partially cook the bacon first in a frying pan & then wrap the tator tots with it??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      No- they work out as the recipe is written!

  • Yolanda wrote:

    I tried these the other night and one pan was not enough! The smell in my house was insane! My kids were literally bartering for the last few – lol.

    Thank you so much – these will be such a hit at this weekends Superbowl party! I also got all my laundry folded courtesy of the tot bartering 😉

  • Linda wrote:

    I am making these this weekend for a Bunco party. Can’t wait to try them. Sounds great 🙂

  • Gail wrote:

    That’s a good point Lori. Now that I think of it, we have a small toaster oven that I may be able to use to rewarm them. they may stay crispie enough if I make them at home in the a.m. before coming to work. Thanks!

  • Gail wrote:

    Can these be baked ahead and then reheated in a microwave? I’d like to bring these to an office party but we do not have an oven – just a microwave. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m sure they can. I’m not certain how great they’ll be that way since when they’re fresh out of the oven they are nice and crispy. The microwave might make them a little soft.

  • Dorothea wrote:

    Thanks for the quick response. Sorry it isn’t on everything

  • Dorothea wrote:

    It would be really helpful if you included the Nutrition facts with the recipes.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s included on all of my weight watcher and low fat category recipes, but not sweets and others.

  • Alice wrote:

    I saw these on the Food Network last week, except they had a jalepeno indide and cheese on top and were deep fried. OK, maybe it wasn’t exactly the same. But I just think they’d be so yummy!!