Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco

Raven Higheagle


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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Makes 48
25 Min
15 Min


tater tots, partially defrosted (about 15 minutes at room temperature)
24 slice
center-cut bacon, cut in half
48 small
chunks of sharp cheddar cheese (1/2-inch x 1/4-inch)
tabasco sauce
brown sugar, for rolling


1Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.

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2Lay out a half-slice of bacon on a working surface.

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3Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon.

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4Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot.

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5Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle.

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6Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce.

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7Wrap the bacon tightly around.

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8Roll in brown sugar

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9Secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.

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10Bake 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.

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11Serve immediately!

Tater tots are found in the frozen section- Ore Ida makes them.

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Add a piece of pickle on top of the cheese.

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14Roll 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.

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15Try replacing the cheddar cheese with cream cheese and a piece of pepperoncini.

16Make ahead tip:
Assemble these a few hours ahead, place them on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and bake when ready.

17Try serving them up with a spicy sour cream dip- sour cream mixed with a little bit of Tabasco sauce.