Air Fryer Tater Tots

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This recipe for quick and easy homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots is made without oil so you can indulge guilt-free!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots on a white plate.

These homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots are a quick and easy side dish that everyone will love. They are made without oil so you can indulge guilt-free! But you get all that crispy potatoey goodness.

Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots on a white plate.

These Air Fried Tater Tots are way healthier than the frozen, store-bought ones. Lightly crispy from the outside and tender and creamy from the inside, loaded with flavors, it tastes absolutely amazing and the best part is it’s made fresh from scratch and without any preservatives.

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What We Love About This Air Fried Tater Tots Recipe

This recipe is such a great take on this classic 1940’s invention, find out the evolution of the tot here.

  • 25 Minute Total Time: This recipe only takes 10 minutes of cooking time and 15 minutes in prep time.
  • Easy Ingredients: These Air Fryer Tater Tots only use simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.
  • Family Friendly: Your kids will be absolutely obsessed with these healthier potato puffs. Perfect side or even a snack.
  • Adaptable: Because you make it yourself, you can make it gluten-free or vegan.
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Ingredient In Tater Tots

  • Potatoes: Russet potatoes will be best for make these air fryer tater tots.
  • Salt: Depending on how much salt you like on your potatoes, you can add more or less.
  • Black Pepper: You will need finely ground or black pepper powder.
  • Onion Powder: You will need onion powder.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder will work best as opposed to fresh minced garlic as it will be able to incorporate more evenly.
  • Chili Flakes: If you want a little spice then add crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Parsley: I used dried parsley, but you can also use fresh parsley.
  • Flour: All purpose flour is best for making this recipe.
  • Oregano: You will need dried oregano. For Italian seasoned tater tots, use this Italian seasoning blend.
Potatoes, seasonings and green onions in bowls.

Equipment Needed for Seasoned Tater Tots

How to Air Fry Tater Tots

These are the basic steps for making Air Fryer Tater Tots. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Shredding the pottoes, mixing the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.

STEP 1: PREPARE POTATOES

Make sure to prep the boil potatoes and allow them to cool completely before making this recipe. Add the grated potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Then add in salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, all purpose flour, oregano, and parsley. Mix until you get a sticky dough.

STEP 2: AIR FRY TATER TOTS

Roll the mixture into about 20 small even balls and shape into a classic tater tot using your fingers and brush on oil or cooking spray. Air fry in a single layer for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees f, you will want to shake this halfway through to ensure they cook evenly. Serve immediately with ketchup or you favorite dipping sauce.

Forming the tots, placing in the aire fryer and the final product.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, make the dough and roll into tater tot shapes and store in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to serve.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

You can store the leftovers of air fryer tater tots in an airtight container for 4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze cooked tater tots in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat just flash fry in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 350 degrees f. You can cook frozen tater tots straight from the freezer. You can also rewarm in the toaster oven.

Frequently Asked Questions about Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots

HOW TO COOK TATER TOTS?

Air frying tater tots is actually a lot simpler than you’d think, just make the dough, shape into tots, and air fryer for 8-10 minutes.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE YUKON POTATOES IN PLACE OF RUSSET?

Any type of potato will work in this recipe, however it is best to use a starchier potatoes such as idaho, yukon, or russet potatoes.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled, halved, or even tripled. Just increase or decrease ingredients accordingly and cook in batches.

CAN YOU LAYER TATER TOTS IN THE AIR FRYER?

I do not recommend stacking or layering tater tots in the air fryer, although this make seem like a solution to cook for at one time, it will prevent the tots from cooking evenly and will most likely stick together.

ARE THESE GLUTEN-FREE?

These air fryer tater tots do contain gluten, to make gluten-free using an all purpose gluten free flour.

A top shot of the tater tots.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This a recipe you’ll want to double. To doubled air fried tater tots, just proportionally increase and cook in 2 batches.
  • Potatoes: Try to use extra starchy potatoes like russets for a tender and fluffier interior. However, you can use any other variety if you don’t have those.
  • Dipping Sauces: Dip these tater tots in BBQ sauce, ranch, buffalo honey mustard, blue cheese, ketchup, mayo, or garlic aioli.
  • Loaded Tater Tots: Load your tater tots with your favorite toppings, such as bacon bits, sour cream, chives, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, cheese sauce, etc.
  • Nacho Tots: Make these tater tots nacho styles by using a sprinkle of taco seasoning and topping with sour cream, guacamole, beef, salsa, and queso.
  • Sweet Potato Tots: You can also use this method to make sweet potato tater tots, just like the ones from Wahlburgers.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Tater Tots

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Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots on a white plate.

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
This recipe for quick and easy homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots is made without oil so you can indulge guilt-free!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb boiled potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  • Grate the boiled potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl.
  • Add salt, black pepper powder, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, chopped parsley, all-purpose flour, and oregano.
  • Mix everything to combine; it should be like a little sticky dough.
  • Divide the dough into 20 small balls and shape them like tots with the help of your hands.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 F / 180 C. Place the tater tots in the air fryer basket and brush a little oil on top.
  • Air fry for 8-10 minutes. Flip and then cook for another 5 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dip or ketchup and enjoy.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This a recipe you’ll want to double. To doubled air fried tater tots, just proportionally increase and cook in 2 batches.
  • Potatoes: Try to use extra starchy potatoes like russets for a tender and fluffier interior. However, you can use any other variety if you don’t have those.
  • Dipping Sauces: Dip these tater tots in BBQ sauce, ranch, buffalo honey mustard, blue cheese, ketchup, mayo, or garlic aioli.
  • Loaded Tater Tots: Load your tater tots with your favorite toppings, such as bacon bits, sour cream, chives, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, cheese sauce, etc.
  • Nacho Tots: Make these tater tots nacho styles by using with taco seasoning and topping with sour cream, guacamole, beef, salsa, and queso.
  • Sweet Potato Tots: You can also use this method to make sweet potato tater tots, just like the ones from Wahlburgers.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 797IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, French Fries, fries, potatoes, tater tot, tator tot

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