Tater Tot Nachos have crispy Tater Tots smothered in melted cheddar cheese and bacon. This delicious snack, inspired by a dish at one of my all time favorite restaurants, takes just minutes to prepare and everyone LOVES it.
One of the coolest parts about blogging is getting together with other bloggers to learn from one another. We had a recent get together in Orlando, Florida which, of course, meant visiting Universal Studios!
We were so thankful that Universal not only sponsored our retreat but also gave us park passes to experience Universal Studios and all of the amazing restaurants and attractions (and inspired the yummy Tater Tot Nachos recipe below)!
Of course we had to find the best places to eat including my favorite, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. The atmosphere is a fun steampunk theme and they even have a shop (where I absolutely HAD to buy Cookies & Cream Cotton Candy and Key Lime Pie Cotton Candy)!
I usually pick dinner over dessert but the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium had the best of both worlds with some truly delicious meals and the most amazing artisan milkshakes! We enjoyed a lot of great appetizers including Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls (and chocolate bread)!
One appetizer in particular totally won me over that night… the Totchos. Totchos are basically Tater Tots Nachos loaded up with cheese and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them. They were the inspiration for the recipe below!
When you visit Toothsome you definitely need to order one of their artisan milkshakes! I capped the night off with this insanely crazy Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake… and yes that’s a big ol’ hunk of cheesecake right on top!
Ok, back to the Tater Tot Nachos! I knew I’d have to create my own version as soon as I got home and let me just say this will be a go-to snack from now on! Not only is it incredibly simple to prepare, everyone in my family completely raved about them (I barely got a chance to snap a couple of photos)!
I love the combo of potato, bacon, cheese and tomato. You can top these with anything you like including olives, jalapenos and cilantro.
Crispy Tater Tots are loaded with cheese & bacon and baked until hot and bubbly. Just before serving, they’re topped with sliced green onion, chopped tomatoes and fresh sour cream. This is one snack everyone can agree on!
Loaded Tater Tot Nachos
- 1 bag Tater Tots (approx 32 oz)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup chorizo or smoked sausage cooked and chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes diced
- 4 green onions sliced
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Place Tater Tots in a single layer and bake 20 minutes turning after 10 minutes.
- Top with bacon, sausage and cheddar cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and top with tomatoes, green onions and sour cream. Serve immediately.
We stayed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It was a great location and the rooms were comfortable with a fun bright retro decor. The location was ideal with shuttles always ready to run you to the parks! Cabana Bay Resort had so many awesome amenities for families including beautiful pools with a lazy river and a Starbucks for parents!
During the days while we were working, we actually ate most of our meals at the Bayliner Diner right in the hotel. It was a perfect place to grab a quick meal with tons of choices including hot sandwiches, burgers, pizza and a beautiful fresh salad bar loaded with fruits and berries in the morning and fresh ingredients to make your own salads in the afternoon.
Universal CityWalk… a walking street filled with shops and restaurants and lots of amazing places to eat! If you’ve never been, it’s one of my absolute favorite places! You’re going to want to put Universal CityWalk on your list of places you must visit and while you’re there definitely check out Cabana Bay if you’re looking for a great place to stay with your family! Everything about this trip was amazing from the accommodation to the service and the food we enjoyed! I’m already counting the minutes until I get to go back.. and I’ll definitely be taking my family with me next time!
A special thank you to our friends at Universal for hosting our stay, providing several of our meals and our park tickets allowing us to experience all that Universal had to offer and thank you to our friends at Kia for supplying us with a sweet ride and thank you to Squatty Potty for additionally sponsoring our retreat. Working with brands I love helps me to continue bringing you the recipes you love!