Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)

These tater tot nachos are loaded with taco meat and all the fixins’ for a delicoius spin on traditional nachos!
Tater Tot Nachos - an easy summer lunch that kids love!

I had something bad happen the other day. Something that was no good very bad, indeed.

There was about a pound of leftover taco meat in the fridge. I like to make my taco meat in the slow cooker and keep bags of it in the fridge and freezer for quick meals.  (We make lots of these burrito bowls and sub in whatever meat I have on hand.)

Tater Tot Nachos - an easy summer lunch that kids love!

Anyway, delicious, glorious taco meat was hanging out in the fridge calling my name.

We had no tortillas. We had no chips. We had no rice.

Tater Tot Nachos - an easy summer lunch that kids love!

What’s a girl to do?

Cry and whine and then bust out the tater tots, because mama always has a bag of tater tots lurking in the depths of the freezer.

Ohmahgah, you guys. These are so good! Perfect summer lunch recipe!

Tater Tot Nachos - an easy summer lunch that kids love!

I totally wanted to eat the whole pan myself, but my son asked to share.

I hate when he asks me things. His big blue eyeballs make it impossible for me to say no. Utterly impossible.


So, I shared. But I made sure to get all the good bites full of guac and jalapenos for myself. Sorry, buddy. You can’t have my guac.

Anyway, this is more of an idea than a recipe, but I’ll share how I did it below in the handy recipe box!

Tater Tot Nachos - an easy summer lunch that kids love!


tater tot nachos recipe

Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight recipes
Calories: 248 kcal
This is more of a guide than a recipe, so feel free to adjust any amounts to your liking and add or subtract whatever ingredients you like! You really can't go wrong with these nachos.


  • Frozen tater tots - enough to cover your cookie sheet
  • 1/2 cup cooked leftover taco meat shredded chicken or pork would be great too!
  • Grated cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Cholulua or your favorite hot sauce


  1. Bake the tots according to package directions.
  2. When the tots have five minutes remaining, remove from the oven and sprinkle on the meat and cheese. Return to the oven to finish cooking.
  3. Remove from the oven and load up your toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 497mg22%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.