Homemade Tater Tots Recipe

Homemade Tater Tots
Heather Christo


  • 3 cups  mashed potatoes, chilled
  • eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup  flour
  •   Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 cups  panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups  vegetable oil
  •   Ketchup, for serving

While I made a big plate of these to eat by themselves in the middle of the day, these would be delicious in the summer with burgers or served with a hot slice of meatloaf on a cozy night! You add some eggs and flour to bind the potatoes and then they are rolled in crispy breadcrumbs before being deep-fried to a golden brown. These were unbelievably good.


In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes and the beaten eggs. Mix in the flour and season with a little salt. Place the panko breadcrumbs in a bowl and drop the potato-egg mixture by the spoonful into the bowl. Gently press the panko into the soft potato "tots."

Place a sheet of waxed paper on a baking sheet. Transfer the tater tots to the baking sheet. Heat the vegetable oil in a small pot to 350-375 degrees. Gently drop the tater tots into the hot oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes until they are hot and golden.

Remove the tater tots from the hot oil with a strainer and gently place on a paper towel to drain. Season lightly with salt. Serve hot with ketchup and enjoy!


Calories per serving:

3,173 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 926g 1,424%
  • Carbs 280g 93%
  • Saturated 77g 386%
  • Fiber 17g 68%
  • Trans 8g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Monounsaturated 646g
  • Polyunsaturated 154g
  • Protein 48g 96%
  • Cholesterol 441mg 147%
  • Sodium 3,854mg 161%
  • Calcium 561mg 56%
  • Magnesium 139mg 35%
  • Potassium 1,994mg 57%
  • Iron 6mg 34%
  • Zinc 3mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 549mg 78%
  • Vitamin A 399µg 44%
  • Vitamin C 38mg 63%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 44%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 44%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 38%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 80%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 114µg 28%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 22%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 194mg 972%
  • Vitamin K 13µg 16%
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