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Seasoned Tater Tots

This Seasoned Tater Tots recipe is a great way to doctor up a frozen bag of tots. No more soggy bland boring tater tots. These are the perfect side dish for burgers, hot dogs, and more.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Brianna May



  • 1 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil*
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt*
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne*


  • Preheat the oven and 1-2 large baking sheets to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oil and all of the spices.
  • Add the tots and toss until evenly coated in the oil mixture.
  • Place the tots on the preheated pan. (For crispier tots, use two baking sheets.)
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until crispy. Check the tots as they cook and toss a couple of times. Rotate the pan 1-2 times if using two baking sheets.


  • Olive Oil: Substitute for a neutral oil, like avocado or vegetable oil. 
  • Salt: Omit if the tots have salt added already. You can always salt them when they come out of the oven if needed. 
  • Preheat the pan. Placing the frozen tots on a hot pan helps the exterior to begin crisping faster. 
  • Add oil. The additional oil adds flavor, prevents them from drying out, and aids in crisping. It also prevents the spices from burning. 
  • Do not overcrowd the sheet pan. Depending on the size of your baking sheet you may want to use two. The more air that can circulate between them, the crisper they will get. 
  • Bake until crispy. Continue baking the tots until they are crispy. I find the instructions on the package are not long enough. Using two baking sheets can speed up the crisping process.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 529mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.3g