Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs Appetizer

For years Tater Tots were simply something that I occasionally served to our family at dinner. My kids loved them when they were young and they still love them now that they are adults. I have to admit that a warm Tater Tot tastes pretty darn good! My husband has traveled all over the world experiencing all sorts of exotic cuisine. When he is home guess what he enjoys just as much as the kids…..? Yup, good old Tater Tots!

Bacon Wrapped Tator Tot Bombs #Recipe #Appetizer

When the movie Napoleon Dynamite came out, my 3 oldest children were teenagers at the time. They thought it was the greatest movie ever, and began quoting the funniest lines from the movie  over and over and over again for months! Which quote  do I remember hearing the most? “Napoleon, give me some of your tots”! Suddenly Tater Tots had a whole new identity!

Poor Napoleon Dynamite, little did he know that his beloved Tater Tots would taste 10 times better stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy! They taste even better when dipped in your choice of sauce. My favorite? Baby Rays Sweet BBQ Sauce……..heaven! No more plain Tater Tots for this girl. These are definitely our new football game snack! Thank you, thank you Wendy Bradley for this awesome appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Tator Tot Bombs #Recipe #Appetizer

This recipe takes Tater Tots to a whole new level – who knew they could ever taste this good? What would I do if I ran into Napoleon Dynamite with Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs in his pocket?  I’d say “Napoleon, GIVE me some TOTS”! Why would I do a crazy thing like that?

Because this Pin TOTALLY Rocks!


Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots Bombs
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • ½ bag Tater Tots (thawed to room temperature)
  • 1 8-ounce package Sharp Cheddar Cheese (cut in ¼-inch squares)
  • Hot Sauce
  • 1 16-ounce package Bacon (strips cut in half)
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat over to 400F
  2. Cube the sharp cheddar cheese in to very small pieces.
  3. Cut bacon strips in half.
  4. Cut out a small center portion of a Tater Tot, place cheese cube in the center of the Tater Tot.
  5. Wrap the Tater Tot and cheese cube in one of the bacon strips that have been cut in half.
  6. Roll in brown sugar and place in pan seam side down.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, turn each bacon wrapped Tator Tot over to brown the bottom. Bake another 10 to 15 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Cool and serve with your favorite sauce.


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  1. This looks awesome! I definitely want to try this with my kids!!

  2. These look amazing! Found you via Alderberry Hill, and I pinned this!

  3. Nancy frederick says:

    I tried making these,and when I made hole for the cheese,the tater tot wanted to crumble. Any ideas?

    • Hi Nancy!

      I had that happen to me as well, try cutting the tater tot in half, put the cheese in the middle, wrap it with the bacon. Place the bacon wrapped tater tot seam down on the pan for baking, secure it with a toothpick after baking.

      Thanks for commenting! Tracy (the middle sister)

    • Hi Nancy I’m going to try making these too. I think I’m going to try hollowing out center with toothpick while still partially frozen and then let thaw. I welcome any other ideas. Planning on making these for superbowl.

  4. Hot sauce is listed in the ingredients … but it never says when it’s used … ??

    • Lora,

      Thanks for catching that, you can add a drop or two of hot sauce in the tater tot before wrapping it with bacon. I did not use hot sauce because no one in our family likes it. Thanks for stopping by! Tracy – (the middle sister)

  5. These look delicious!! I would like to make them ahead of time for a party. Would it be possible to assemble and put on a cookie sheet in the fridge until it’s time to bake? Would the tots be okay in the fridge instead of the freezer like they’re supposed to be? Thanks!

    • Lindsey,

      I think they should be fine in the refridgerator, just to be safe I would use toothpicks to hold the bacon in place and remove the toothpicks just before baking. They are wickedly addicting, everyone will love you for making these! Have a great time at your party! Tracy – (the middle sister)

  6. Where’d the pics go? I’m getting errors on all of them. =/

  7. When I made these the grease from the bacon made the tots all mushy. Did I do something wrong??

    • Hey Justin,

      Next time you try making these let them cook longer, also try and purchase bacon with at much meat as possible. Some of the cheaper cuts of bacon have lots of fat and very little meat. Thanks for following us, Tracy


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