Bacon wrapped tater tots are a one bite scrumptious appetizer that might be the best party food ever made. Super crispy and salty with a hint of brown sugar, they are guaranteed to be a hit.
With only three ingredients and less than 30 minutes, you’ll have hot and crispy bacon wrapped tater tots ready to serve. One of the easiest appetizers you can make. Plus, anything wrapped in crispy bacon is always a hit.
You’ll find bacon in a lot of Southern appetizers like stuffed dates wrapped in bacon or chicken bites wrapped in bacon. Well, North Carolina is one of the top pork producing states in the country so it’s no big surprise to see bacon in a lot of our food.
This recipe is similar to my potatoes wrapped in bacon appetizer, but these tots have a hint of sweetness alongside all that savory flavor and the tots will get crispy along with the bacon. A brown sugar coating, caramelizes while they cook for just a hint of sweetness.
With two all time favorite ingredients, tater tots and bacon, they’ll go fast, so you might want to double or even triple the batch.
To elevate these tots, make a quick spicy sour cream dip with chipotle peppers or sriracha mixed with sour cream. That spicy kick complements the slightly sweet bacon. If you really love bacon, try making a hot bacon dip.
You might think that a bacon wrapped appetizer would be greasy. However, by placing them on a rack inside a rimmed baking sheet, the grease from the bacon drips down onto the pan allowing both the tots and the bacon to get crispy without being greasy.
Why should you make tater tots wrapped in bacon
- A recipe made with bacon is guaranteed to be a huge hit
- They’re crispy, savory, and mouthwatering
- Made with only three simple ingredients for easy prep and easy clean up
- The perfect finger food for snacking during football games or parties
Ingredients for bacon tater tots
- Tater tots – Make sure that your frozen tator tots are thawed before wrapping in bacon. Use whatever brand you’d like. My favorite brand is Alexia, they are pre-seasoned and always turn out crispy.
- Bacon – Thin sliced bacon works best. One pound of bacon is enough for ½ a bag of tater tots
- Brown Sugar – The hint of sweetness that brown sugar brings makes this recipe so incredible. Do not skip this!
Easy to follow steps for making tater tots wrapped in bacon
Step 1: Get ready
Line a baking sheet with tin foil, not parchment paper. Add a metal wire wrack on top of the baking sheet.
Step 2: Prepare bacon
Cut each piece of bacon into thirds then tightly roll a slice of bacon around each tater tot. Secure with a toothpick if using thick bacon. If using thin, it should stay in place.
Step 3: Sugar coat it
Pour the brown sugar into a small bowl or rimmed plate then roll the wrapped tots in the sugar. Lightly coat then place tater tots on the rack seam side down. If you don’t place them seam side down they will unroll while they bake.
Step 4: Bake and serve
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
Pro tip: Adding a wire wrack to the baking sheet allows even cooking without having to flip the tater tots. If you do not have a wire wrack for baking, turn tater tots halfway through cooking and use a paper towel to soak up bacon grease.
How to make a sour cream dipping sauce
Combine a cup of sour cream or greek yogurt with three teaspoons of sriracha or chopped chipotle peppers. The spicy sour cream goes great with the salty sweet flavor of the tots.
Can I store tater tot bites?
Although this tater tot recipe is best fresh, you can store them in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure the tots are room temperature before placing in an airtight container for storage. I recommend reheating in the air fryer or reheating in the oven.
Tater tot tips and FAQs
How do I make my tater tots crispy?
Baking on a wire wrack helps ensure your tots have the perfect crispiness. When wrapped in bacon, the extra grease can make your tater tots soggy. So, the wire wrack keeps them from cooking in the grease.
Do you cook bacon before wrapping?
Do not cook the bacon before wrapping. You can wrap the tots in raw bacon and let them cook together. To guarantee the tots and bacon cook equally, make sure you use thin sliced bacon. Thick cut bacon will take longer to cook.
What dips go best with bacon tater tots?
Sour cream mixed with chipotle sauce or sriracha is my go-to dip for this bacon-wrapped tater tots recipe but there are other options. A cheese or queso dip, a sriracha honey glaze, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, or even french onion dip will do.
More delicious appetizers
- This franks hot sauce buffalo chicken dip is another game day favorite
- If you’re looking for another bacon wrapped recipe, try these jalapeno chicken poppers
- During the holidays, everyone seems to love these roasted stuffed peppers
- Dip some tortillas or pita chips into this light and sweet peach salsa
- When you need a quick and easy but still delicious appetizers, try a layered shrimp dip or a cold corn dip.
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Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
- ½ bag Tater Tots thawed
- 1 lb Bacon
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- Preheat oven to 375º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a metal wrack inside.
- Cut bacon strips into thirds. Tightly wrap tater tots with bacon.
- Place the brown sugar in a bowl and roll the bacon wrapped tot in the brown sugar, lightly coating it. Place seam side down on the rack in the baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is brown and crisp.
- Top with sour cream mixed with chipotle sauce or sriracha
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Make sure that you use a wire rack inside a baking sheet to catch the grease.
- Use aluminum foil and not parchment paper.
- If you use thick bacon, you will need a toothpick to hold it together.
- Make sure you place them seam side down on the rack so that they don’t unroll as they back.
- Try serving with a cup of sour cream mixed with 3 teaspoons of sriracha or chopped chipotle peppers.