This recipe for loaded tater tots is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

This loaded tater tot recipe features crispy golden tater tots covered in melty cheddar cheese and bacon bits. These are ready in minutes using the air fryer! You can’t ever go wrong with tater tots made in air fryer!

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Air Fryer Loaded Tater Tots

  • Loaded tater tots are a restaurant worthy appetizer that everyone will love so much, you’ll want to double up the recipe!
  • No need to thaw the potatoes first, simply toss them in the air fryer, top, and serve! Faster than baked and with less oil than deep fried.
  • Serve them in a big casserole dish with small bowls of sour cream, ketchup, barbecue, or buffalo sauce so everyone can share.
ingredients assembled to make air fryer loaded tator tots

Ingredients & Toppings

Tater Tots – The air fryer makes short work of cooking bite-sized, crunchy tater tots. Waffle fries, wedges, crinkle cut, and cottage fries are thick and sturdy to hold all the delicious toppings.

Toppings – Aside from cheese and bacon bits, make fully loaded tater tots with nacho cheese, sliced black olives, sliced jalapenos, chili, cooked chicken, or pulled pork. Try sprinkling crushed cool ranch pork rinds for even more crispy crunch!

process of making Air Fryer Loaded Tater Tots in an air fryer tray

How to Make Loaded Tater Tots

  1. Cook tater tots in the preheated air fryer until crispy, flipping halfway through.
  2. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bacon bits and cook in the air fryer (per recipe below) until the cheese is melted.
  3. Top with green onions and serve with sour cream.
Air Fryer Loaded Tater Tots in a bowl with sour cream

Air Fryer Tater Tot Tips & Tricks

  • Always preheat the air fryer before using it, this helps to seal the outside of the food making it extra crispy while the inside stays tender and fluffy.
  • If cooking for a crowd, keep cooked batches on a baking sheet in the oven until ready to serve.
  • Keep leftover loaded tater tots in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat portions in the air fryer.

Serve Them With

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Air Fryer Loaded Tater Tots

Air Fryer loaded tater tots are so crispy, cheesy, and hard to resist!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 3 tablespoons bacon bits
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup green onions sliced
  • ½ cup sour cream


  • Heat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Add tater tots to the basket and cook for five minutes. Flip, and cook for another 3 minutes or until crispy.
  • Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and bacon bits.
  • Return tater tots to the air fryer and bake for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove.
  • Top with green onion and serve with sour cream.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2skewers | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Kid Dishes
Cuisine American

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