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Air Fryer Tater Tots

by Karly

AIR FRYER TATER TOTS are super easy to make from a store bought frozen bag and they turn out perfectly crispy in the air fryer! No soggy tater tots here! Plus, get the recipe for our secret tater tot dip!

A close up of crispy tater tots.

Tater tots are one of my favs. They never tasted quite right when I would bake them (no one wants a soggy tot!), so I was resigned to eating them few and far between and usually at a restaurant.

Now that I have an air fryer there is no stopping me from eating all yummy tater tots I want! (Is this good or bad? I’ve yet to decide, haha!)

Tater tots are honestly perfect on their own, but they’re also fun to dress up!

Loaded tater tots, tater tot nachos, or my secret tater tot dip – all are good options! Today I’ll share my dip recipe with you. Move over, ketchup!

A close up of cooked tater tots in an air fryer

How to make frozen tater tots in an air fryer:

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  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Farenheit
  • Pile your tater tots in the basket. For the best, crispiest tots, arrange them in a single layer. If you’re in a hurry and want to feed a crowd, it’s okay to pile them in but they won’t be quite as crispy.
  • Spray the tots liberally with cooking oil.
  • Cook for eight minutes, then shake the basket gently and cook for eight more minutes.
  • Serve hot with our tater tot dip.
A close up of a pile of tater tots

Making tater tot dip:

This dip is loved by just about everyone I have given it to. Best part: It’s beyond simple and you probably have the ingredients in your fridge right now!

Add honey mustard, BBQ sauce, and a dash of hot sauce to a small bowl and then whisk it all up.

Voila! Tater Tot Dip!

This dip is super similar to Chick Fil A sauce, sooooo…you know it’s good. πŸ˜‰

A woman dipping tater tots into a cup of tater tot dip.

Fun Facts:

  • A tater tot is a grated potato, like a bite-sized hashbrown.
  • Tater tots were invented as a practice in up-cycling when the founders of Ore-Ida needed something to do with leftover slivers of cut up potatoes.
  • Tater tots are sold in many places around the world, but mostly in America where 70 million pounds are consumed per year. (Half by me, probably.)

Air Fryer Recommendations:

We’ve tested a few air fryers and our favorite is consistently the OMORC Habor air fryer! It is a 6 quart pot which is a good size to feed my family of four. It is also suitable for a dishwasher cleaning as well, which I appreciate.

Using non-stick spray in aerosol cans can damage your air fryer basket. Instead it is generally recommended by air fryer manufacturers to use a mister with your choice of vegetable oil in it. The one linked works great and sprays consistently.

A woman dipping a tattor tot into a small cup of dip.

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A person dipping a tater tot into sauce.
Overhead view of a close up of tater tots and dip.

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Crispy tater tots are so easy in the air fryer! Serve them up with this simple dip and everyone will rave about them!


For the Tater Tots

  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots
  • Non-stick spray

Tater Tot Dip

  • ΒΌ cup honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the tater tots to the air fryer basket and spray liberally with non stick spray. For crispier tater tots, arrange tots in a single layer and work in batches. You may pile them in, but they won't come out as crispy.
  3. Cook tater tots for 16 minutes, shaking gently every 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk together the ingredients for the dip and serve with the hot tater tots.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 722mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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Donna Krontz January 8, 2022 - 6:38 pm

I made egg rolls for Christmas Eve and was really disappointed. They did not crisp up at all. They were very soggy.

Karly January 9, 2022 - 7:00 am

I’ve found that the newer vegan egg roll wrappers stay soggy for me, but the traditional ones work great. You might try a different wrapper in case that was the issue.

Luke December 9, 2021 - 10:20 am

Hi, what kind of hot sauce do you use?

Karly December 11, 2021 - 4:35 am

Hi Luke! We use Frank’s. πŸ™‚

JILL June 28, 2021 - 11:31 pm

Thank you for such great recipes!

Karly June 29, 2021 - 11:51 am

So glad you’re enjoying them! Thank you! πŸ™‚

Shayelyn December 29, 2020 - 5:06 am

I’m waiting on my air fryer and I absolutely love tater tots so I can’t wait to give these a try. Truthfully, one of my favorite ways to eat them ever was bacon-wrapped and deep fried.

Karly December 29, 2020 - 10:00 am

Okay, that sounds AMAZING! πŸ™‚

Cheri Countryman November 3, 2020 - 8:46 pm

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Karly November 3, 2020 - 11:29 pm

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