Loaded Tater Tot Nachos

This post is sponsored by Rio Luna Organics, however recipes, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Have you heard about the hottest new trend? Totchos! The possibilities of what you smother them in are endless, but my all-time favorite and the most popular: tater tot nachos.

Close up of totcho recipe with sour cream, black olives, green chiles, chicken and pico


Loaded Tater Tot Nachos, also known as Totchos, are the ultimate game day snack. Smothered with cheese, chicken, pico and green chiles, they are sure to make your guests happy!

Totchos are just like regular nachos, but instead of tortilla chips, you use tater tots! Crispy outside with a soft inside, tater tots are the ultimate finger food and perfect for watching the big game or serving to the kids.

PRO TIP: To sneak in more veggies, use broccoli tots or cauliflower tots!

No nachos, or totchos, are complete without a few key ingredients. Salsa, cheese, sour cream and of course, Rio Luna Organic Green Chiles.

Can of diced green chiles

Rio Luna Organics has been providing professional kitchens and chefs with quality organic peppers and jalapeños for years, so it only makes sense to use these to recreate your restaurant-worthy dishes at home.

They are:

  • Certified organic
  • GMO-free
  • Kosher
  • Fat-free
  • Low calorie
  • Cholesterol free
  • Made with growers using sustainable farming practices
  • Focus on environmental concerns such as water usage and reduced natural gases

They also have a new label to help you pick the perfect pepper- it has a heat index meter right on it! While these green chiles are mild, you can also grab a can in hot or add sliced nacho jalapeños.

Spooning diced green chiles onto loaded tater tots

But before you get to topping, you’ll need the perfect tater tots. The perfect tater tots are nice and crispy on the outside, but fluffy and soft on the inside. There are several ways to make tater tots.

  1. Oven
  2. Deep Fry
  3. Air Fryer
  4. Microwave

I do not recommend using the microwave, you won’t get the crunchy outside. Deep frying will get you the crispest exterior, but leaves you with more oil than is necessary.

A plate of loaded totchos

The best tots for totchos are either made in the oven or the air fryer. Most bags of frozen tots will have directions for the oven, but take a tip from me and give them a quick broil at the end to crisp them up even more.

Only some bags have instructions for the air fryer, which is just a small convection oven. So here you go…

Overhead of ultimate loaded totchos

How to Make Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat to 350 degrees. Spray the basket with a nonstick spray. Add tater tots, but no more than 2 layers deep. Anything more and they won’t get crispy.
  2. Cook for 7-8 minutes. Toss gently and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes.
  3. Remove and continue with the recipe for loaded totchos.

Next, focus on the cheese. I highly recommend shredding your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is convenient, but it tossed in starch to prevent clumping.

Close up of loaded tater tot nachos

In a recipe like this, it can impact meltability and have a grainy texture. Take a few extra minutes to shred your own. Cheddar, pepper jack, cotija, queso fresco and Monterey jack are my favorite choices. Feel free to mix and match.

Swap out chicken for seasoned ground beef, shredded pork carnitas or go vegetarian and skip the meat. If you do opt for chicken, grab a cooked and seasoned rotisserie chicken at the grocery store to save even more time.

Hand pulling a cheesy tater tot

The beauty of Tater Tot Nachos is that they are easily customizable, easy to make and always delicious. We hope they make an appearance at your big game party!

Loaded Tater Tot Nachos for Pinterest

Other Tater Tot Recipes you might enjoy:

A plate of loaded totchos

Tater Tot Nachos (Totchos)

4.45 from 9 votes
Loaded Tater Tot Nachos, also known as Totchos, are the ultimate game day snack. Smothered with cheese, chicken, pico and green chiles, they are sure to make your guests happy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Pile cooked and crispy tater tots onto the center of the sheet.
  • Top with shredded cheese and shredded chicken. Place into oven until cheese melts.
  • Remove and top with pico de gallo, green chiles, sliced black olives and sour cream. Fresh cilantro is optional.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


Calories: 314 kcal, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 16 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 26 mg, Sodium: 886 mg, Potassium: 391 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 246 IU, Vitamin C: 11 mg, Calcium: 91 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 314
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: loaded nachos, loaded tater tots, tater tot nachos, totchos
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    The perfect taters! I would totally have this for dinner tonight and eat the leftovers for breakfast! YUM