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“Ready, Set, Cook! Special Edition Contest Entry: Using mashed potatoes, making homemade tater tots is easy and this recipe has a special southwestern flair!”
48 tater tots

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes (thawed but chilled)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 12 cup flour
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 12 cup canned corn
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 12 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Optional
  • serve with guacamole or sour cream


  1. In a medium bowl mix together the cold mashed potatoes, bacon, corn, taco seasoning, and the beaten eggs.
  2. Mix the flour inches season with a little salt.
  3. Drop by the spoonful into a bowl of panko crumbs.
  4. Gently press the panko into the soft potato “tots.”.
  5. Place them on a sheet pan covered in a sheet of wax paper.
  6. Heat a pot of oil to between 350-375 degrees.
  7. Gently drop the tater tots into the hot oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes until they are hot and golden.
  8. Pull the tater tots from the hot oil with a strainer and gently place on a paper towel to drain.
  9. Serving with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, or cheese.

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