easy cheesy tater tot nachos

Cheesy Tater Tot Nachos

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Trade the chips for Tots with this easy recipe for cheesy Tater Tot nachos!  Spicy beef, creamy cheese and your choice of toppings. 


  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco spice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound Tater Tots
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup cubed Velveeta
  • Your choice of toppings: sour cream, chopped tomato, chopped scallions, salsa, guacamole, chili powder, etc


  1. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil or parchment and place the frozen Tater Tots in a single layer. Bake the Tots in the oven according to package directions until they are nice and crispy.
  2. While the Tots are baking, cook the beef in a large skillet over medium high heat until browned. Add the taco spices, tomato paste and ¼ cup water and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Now comes the cheese sauce! Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until well combined. Whisk in half and half and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Stir in Velveeta and keep stirring until it is melted and smooth.
  5. Now we assemble!Either leave the Tots in their baking pan or divide them among plates.  Ladle beef on top, followed by a generous amount of cheese sauce.  Garnish with your choice of toppings and dig in!