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Loaded Baked Potato Totchos {plus a Target Gift Card Giveaway}

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer 1x


  • 1 (28 ounce) pacakage tater tots or mini tater tots
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black or pinto beans (or a mix of both), drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup queso (recipe below)
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream

for the Queso

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bake tater tots according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium/medium-low heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from pan. Add red onion and cook over medium heat until softened and a translucent, about 4 minutes, stirring occasional. Add garlic and chili powder and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Stir in beans and tomatoes and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer tater tots to serving dish and top with bean mixture, queso, bacon, scallions, cilantro, and a generous spoonful of sour cream. Devour immediately.

for the Queso

  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium/medium-low heat. Add flour and stir constantly for 1-2 minutes. You want to cook away the raw flour taste, but not let it get too brown.
  2. Add whole milk and stir until the roux (butter-flour mixture) has been completely incorporated. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the milk has thickened slightly (it will probably beging bubbling a bit) and it coats the back of a spoon. Remove pan from heat, add cheeses and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and stir until fully melted.
  • Cook Time: 30 mins