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Buffalo Chicken Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)

Crispy tater tots with layers of spicy buffalo chicken and melted cheese, topped with blue cheese dressing, crumbled blue cheese and green onion.  These tater tot nachos are fully loaded and perfect as a meal or as an appetizer for sharing. 

Tater tots with buffalo chicken, cheese and blue cheese dressing.
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What are totchos?

Totchos are just like nachos except they are made with crispy, delicious tater tots.  

If you aren’t familiar with tater tots, they shredded potatoes that have been pressed into little nuggets that are then fried or baked.  The outside is deliciously crispy while the inside is pillowy soft. 

To make totchos you start by cooking the tater tots, then you layer them with delicious nacho toppings, such as chicken, beef, cheese and vegetables.  

These buffalo chicken totchos are fully loaded with spicy buffalo chicken, monterey jack cheese, ranch or blue cheese dressing, crumbled blue cheese and green onion.

Tater tots and buffalo chicken layered on a baking sheet.

Why this recipe works

  • It is made with simple, easy to find ingredients.
  • It comes together quickly with very little prep.
  • It works as a meal or an appetizer.
  • Can be easily customized with your favourite toppings. 

Ingredients

Tater tots – I use the frozen, pre-made variety. You should find these at most supermarkets.

Cooked, shredded chicken – Store-bought rotisserie chicken works great for this. You can also cook and shred a couple chicken breasts or use an instant pot chicken.

Hot Sauce – My favourite for buffalo chicken is always Frank’s Red Hot. But you can use your favourite.

Shredded cheese – I love using Monterey Jack for this recipe because it melts well and has good flavour, but you can use cheddar if you prefer. I recommend shredding your own for best results.

Dressing – I generally use blue cheese. But you can use ranch if you prefer, or even use both.

Crumbled blue cheese – Blue cheese is a common ingredient when it comes to buffalo chicken. If you don’t like blue cheese, feta is a good choice.

Green onions

Ingredients for buffalo chicken totchos.

Instructions

Start by cooking the tater tots according to package directions.  You can do this in the oven, or you can cook the tater tots in an air fryer.

After the tater tots are cooked you can assemble the totchos.

One – Mix the hot sauce with ¼ Cup of dressing in a small bowl.  Place the chicken in a bowl and add the hot sauce mixture and stir to combine.

Two – on a baking sheet or in an oven safe skillet, place a layer of tater tots, followed by half of the chicken and half of the shredded cheese, then repeat the layers ending with shredded cheese.

Buffalo chicken in a bowl and tater tots layered with chicken.

Pro Tip – For the best tots, make sure you bake them nice and crispy before adding the toppings. This will help them hold together when baked with the chicken and cheese.

Three – bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until hot and the cheese is melted.  

Four – remove the totchos from the oven and drizzle additional hot sauce, and dressing, and sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and green onion.

Serve hot. 

Cooked Totchos on a sheet pan and garnished with dressing and onions.

How to serve tater toto nachos

We serve these tater tot nachos just like we would serve nachos made with tortilla chips, though you will probably want to use a fork instead of your fingers to eat them.

In addition to drizzling sauce and dressing on top of the totchos, you can serve additional hot sauce and blue cheese on the side for dipping.

We like to simply place the tray in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in like a share plate, but you can also serve them as a meal with a simple salad on the side.

Side view of buffalo chicken totchos on a baking sheet.

FAQS

Do I have to pre-cook the tater tots for totchos?

Yes, you really do. If you don’t pre-cook them they won’t be able to get crispy and the middle layers will be very soft and soggy.

Can I make totchos ahead of time?

I recommend assembling these just before you are going to serve them for best results. However, to speed things up you can mix the chicken and sauce, and have your cheeses prepared ahead of time.

Forkfull of tater tot nachos with melted cheese and onions.

More Buffalo Chicken Recipes

More recipes using Tater Tots you might like:

Cheeseburger casserole – by Easy Dinner Ideas
Cheesy chicken tater tot casserole – by Kylee Cooks
Tater tot breakfast casserole – by Tornadough Alli

Recipe

Side view of buffalo chicken totchos on a baking sheet.

Buffalo Chicken Totchos

Crispy tater tots with layers of spicy buffalo chicken and cheese, topped with blue cheese dressing, crumbled blue cheese and green onion. These tater tot nachos are quick and easy and are great as a meal or for sharing with friends.
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Tater tots
  • 2 Cups Shredded chicken breast cooked
  • 1/2 Cup Hot sauce plus more for drizzle
  • 1/4 Cup Ranch or blue cheese dressing plus more for drizzle
  • 2 Cups Shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced green onion

Instructions

  • Cook the tater tots according to package direction.
  • In a small bowl, mix the hot sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing.
  • Combine the hot sauce mixture with the shredded chicken.
  • Remove the tater tots from the oven and place half of the tots on a 9×13 baking sheet or in an oven save skillet.
  • Top the tater tots with half of the chicken and shredded monterey jack cheese, then repeat the layers ending with the cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until heated through and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven, drizzle with additional hot sauce and dressing, sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and sliced green onions.
  • Serve hot.

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Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1666mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 2mg
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