Homemade Tater Tots!

homemade tater tots Yesterday was such a nice lazy Sunday afternoon. After all the craziness of the last couple of months…it sure was nice for a change. I didn’t want to spoil it by making a “fancy” meal for dinner, so I decided it was a great “breakfast for dinner” night.

Now I guess “tater tots” aren’t typically thought of as a “breakfast food”…but they seemed like a good idea to me! Especially paired with sausage and eggs (which is what we did.) Besides, I have been meaning to try these for the longest time! The time had come.

This was one of those recipes that was fairly involved, but really easy. Does that makes sense? Each step was very simple…there just happened to be a number of steps to get from potato to tot. Luckily Krissy at Dainty Chef had easy-to-follow instructions.

I did have to make some changes, however, to accomodate the “gluten-free thing” AND because I don’t have a ricer. (Whenever I see someone using a ricer on Food Network I think to myself…I really need to get one of those! You can pick one up for around $10, so I don’t know what I’m waiting for! I must rectify this situation.) But no need to panic if you don’t have a potato ricer and want to makes your own tots. An old fashioned grater works just as well.

So here is how you make your own homemade “tater tots” even Napoleon Dynamite would approve of. :-)

Homemade Tater Tots

Adapted from Dainty Chef


6 medium starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons finely grated onion
4 tablespoons flour (I used Pamela’s gluten-free baking mix)
1 egg
Salt and finely ground black pepper
Oil, for frying

Peel, cube, and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain, let cool slightly. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or use the small holes on your box grater. Put potato into a mixing bowl and add the grated onion, flour (or gf flour mix), egg and season with salt and pepper. On a floured surface, roll into 1-inch-thick logs and cut into tots.

homemade tater tots

Heat a few inches of oil in a large Dutch oven or a cast iron skillet (I just LOVE my new cast iron skillet! Find out why here!). Fry the tots in small batches, do not overcrowd them. Season the cooked tots with a little extra kosher salt as soon as they come out of the pan.

homemade tater tots

I have to say….when I tasted the first tot I’d made…I was a little concerned the hubster and the boys weren’t going to like them. The flavor was wonderful, but the consistency was different from the kind you find in the frozen food section.  *I* personally liked the consistency much better. They were very soft and pillowy inside. And much to my happy surprise the hubster LOVED them! He too was a fan of the tender potato inside and the crisp outside. He compared them to bite-sized potato pancakes…and I guess that’s pretty much what they are. :-)  Anyway, he said to tell all of you he gave them “two thumbs up” and would have given more if he had more thumbs. lol.

homemade tater tots

Next time you get the hankering for some tots…consider making your own! (You might want to whip up some Fry Sauce to go with them too! We can’t resist fry sauce with fried potatoes of any sort!)

They really can’t even be compared to the ones that come all frozen together in bags in the frozen food section. As a matter of fact…they are really too good to be saddled with such a sad moniker as “tots”. I think they should now be called “frites de pommes de terre bouffées”! Doesn’t that sound much more sophisticated? :-)


homemade tater tots

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  1. Linda says

    Why not, after cooking, put the potatoes in a bowl & use a mixer on them. I do this to make my mashed potatoes. They come out great!

  2. mdoe37 says

    I love, love, LOVE tater tots!!! This recipe will be easy-peasy. I have a ricer. . . . . although I’m not sure why, I’ve never used it, ever. I guess it was waiting for this recipe!

  3. Krissy@DaintyChef says

    Thanks so much for the link back, glad you guys enjoyed them! Also happy you were able to make them gluten free!

  4. Mandy says

    I usually bake my tater tots, has anybody tried this? I was planning on making tater tot casserole for supper and need to go to the store to buy tater tots, so I might have to try this tonight :)

  5. Luann says

    I was thinking the same thing as Megan – how to grate the hot, cooked potatoes. They look delicious!

  6. Ina says

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to try them ; maybe add some different seasonings to go along with the main dish.

  7. Megan says

    I’m going to need a lot more detail about how you took tender, just out of the water, slightly cooled, very small potato pieces and used a grater on them. I can imagine a) burning my hands, b) dropping them by the handful, and c) slicing off pieces of my fingers in the grater.

    • says

      Well….it wasn’t all that complicated. :-)

      I waited until they were cool enough to handle (obviously)
      I did a couple at a time (but next time I don’t think I will cube them….maybe quarter them.)
      I used the SMALL holes on the grater and pressed the potatoes against the grated holes with the palm of my hand, not my fingertips, as I grated. Does that make sense?

      • Deborah Eubanks says

        Why not just rough mash them with a potato masher? Would get about the same end result… The thing I can’t imagine is grating ONIONS! Oh, the tears!!

        They do look and sound delicious!!

      • Jennifer says

        If you use the large holes you will get more of the frozen type texture tot. If you cut the potato long & use the large holes on the grater you can make hash browns.

        Onion grating with no tears freeze it first.

  8. Jourdan says

    They look like and sound (from your description) the kroketten we get served here in Germany as side dishes. I’m not a fan of them but you make the look tasty!