Vegan Tater Tots

 These Vegan Tater Tots are way better than store-bought. They are made from scratch, flavorful and moist. Once you try these tater tots, you will never buy store-bought. They are vegan and gluten-free.


Tater Tots are one of America’s favorite snacks, so I couldn’t wait to create a wholesome vegan version. Crispy on the outside, and cheesy on the inside, these vegan tater tots are a healthy treat that is great for any occasion. 

They’re so delicious!

I’m sure you will be amazed at how good these taste.

One of the best gluten-free breakfast recipes that are baked and not fried. Delicious served with, ketchup or your favorite sauce, Oatmeal Banana Pancakes, and scrambled tofu.  

These Vegan Tater Tots would make the perfect vegan lunch or dinner and can be reheated to serve as leftovers.



What Are Tater Tots?

Tater tots are cute little cylindrical, pillowy, and crispy potato treats made from shredded potatoes that are generally deep-fried.

What Is The History Of Tater Tots?

  1. Nephi Grigg, Ross Erin Butler Sr., and Golden Grigg of the American frozen food firm Ore-Ida came up with the idea for tater tots in 1953 while attempting to come up with a use for leftover potato slices. The potato slices were diced, flour and seasonings were added, and then the mixture was extruded through holes and cut into pieces. In 1956, the item made its debut as a commercial offering in shops.

Although Ore-Ida, a Heinz subsidiary since 1965, owns the trademark on the name “Tater Tot,” the term has grown so closely linked with the food that it is now commonly used as a common term as well. Potato is abbreviated as “tater.”

The term “Tater Tot” was coined in the 1950s and quickly trademarked by a company’s research committee member who came up with an alliterative name using a thesaurus.

According to Iowa State University advertising lectures, the product was initially relatively cheap and customers were hesitant to acquire it due to the lack of perceived value. But when the price went up, more people started purchasing it. Tater Tot consumption in the United States is currently estimated at 70,000,000 pounds (32,000,000 kg), or 3,710,000,000 Tots annually.

Fairly recently, some vegetable producers (like the Green Giant brand) launched “veggie tots,” … aim to replace the potato with more nutritious veggies (e.g. cauliflower or broccoli).

Vegan Tater Tots Ingredients in a bowl

  • Why Do You Like This Recipe?

    There are many good reasons to like vegan tater tots. Here, I would like to share with you some of the key ones that make this dish so great.

    • It’s simple to make and always yields wonderfully baked delicious tater tots! Only a few steps of preparation are required before the oven takes over.
    • These vegan tater tots are crispy and satisfying, with just the right amount of seasoning.
    • It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Say goodbye to using animal products in your recipes with these vegan tater tots!
    • It is budget-friendly, I think probably all ingredients will available in your kitchen.
    • It is perfect for kids. So delicious that they’ll want to eat them again and again.
    • The perfect appetizer, side, or lunch idea.
    • Vegan Tater Tots are one of the quickest, most convenient, and most delicious ways to enjoy potatoes.
    • Apart from its deliciousness, this recipe is quite healthy. Potatoes are nutrient-dense and provide various health benefits. They include fiber, folate, iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6, which all provide several health benefits.
    • Not only are they really good, but they’re also super fun to eat!

    Ingredients For Vegan Tater Tots

    • Potatoes: Any potato works great for this recipe, I used a waxy red skin potato.
    • Onion: Red or yellow whatever onions are available
    • Nutritional Yeast Flakes: Nutritional yeast flakes for cheesy flavor and Vitamin B12.
    • Cayenne Pepper: It imparts a more neutral “peppery” flavor.
    • Salt: Salt brings the flavors together and makes the recipe complete.
    • Olive Oil: I used olive oil. Why? Because it is healthy. However, you can use your favorite or available one.

    How Are Tater Tots Made?

    1. Scrub potatoes and cook in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. When still warm, allowing it to cool enough so you can handle it, remove the peel and discard.
    2. Using a box grater, finely grate potato and place in a large bowl. Gently stir in minced onion, yeast flakes, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.
    3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Take a small amount, about a teaspoon, and form into a cylindrical shape or a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet.
    4. Brush or spray with coconut or olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes turning halfway. Delicious served with ketchup!
  • tater tots on baking sheet
  •  Pro Tips
    • Peel the potatoes.
    • Squeeze the extra moisture out.
    • Before baking, ensure that the oven is fully preheated.
    • Serve them while they’re still hot and crispy.



You can use any type of potato you choose, but what gives your tots flavor also depends on the seasoning and any additional ingredients you use.

  • For example, if you want a spicy tot, you could add adobo chili sauce, Sriracha, or red pepper flakes.
  • Another suggestion is to add lemon zest and fresh dill or rosemary and garlic for a different flavor.

No matter whatever seasonings you select, the tots bake within and absorb the flavors.

How To Serve Up Your Vegan Tater Tots?

Even though these fantastic tots taste excellent on their own, you might choose to make this dish into a substantial supper. It is possible that eating too much of a wonderful thing can often induce stomach upset, so it is better to keep things in balance with some nutritious, plant-based meals.

Make Wraps: You can use your crispy tots as a filler in butter lettuce leaves, making a vegan cheeseburger. Place some tater tots in the center, top with your preferred sauce, and enjoy. Yum…

Always Add Veggies: Vegetables are an essential part of any meal, especially if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight.

Serve Along With Soup: You can also serve these potato puffs with lentil and vegetable soup to obtain even more fiber and keep you fuller for longer after eating them. Your stomach will definitely feel satisfied after eating our Instant Pot soup.

Can I Freeze Tater Tots?

You can, indeed! After forming the Tater Tots, set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put it in the freezer.

Use a freezer bag to store them after they’ve been frozen. Tater tots can be frozen for 4-6 months, although the flavors start to disappear after a few months.

How Do I Cook Frozen Tater Tots?

You have the option of baking or frying them. They can be prepared directly from the freezer for both methods. Baking them was more successful for me.

When I tried to fry them, they didn’t cook evenly, and they were almost falling apart.

Other Potato Recipes To Try:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Tater Tots Healthy?

Tater tots, popular in cafeterias for their crispness and saltiness can be healthy. If they are baked rather than deep fried. While preparing, we incorporated only nutritious ingredients.

Are Tater Tots Gluten-Free Vegan?

The primary ingredients in Tater Tots are potatoes, oil, and seasonings, hence they are thought to be gluten-free. However, some companies add flour to the tots to make them even crispier. Review the ingredients list carefully, and if required, only purchase goods that are marketed as gluten-free.

Are Ore Ida Tater Tots Unhealthy?

Given that they have a fat content of more than 10% of DV, tater tots are unquestionably not low-fat food. If you consume 2,000 calories a day, 65 grams of fat is the daily value. No more than 20 grams of that should be saturated fat.

French fries vs. Tater Tots: Which Is Worse?

Tater tots (86 g) have a whopping 420 mg of sodium per serving, but just 160 kcal and 8 g of fat. Tater tots are significantly higher in sodium than fries, making fries just barely the better option while having more calories and fat.

What Are Tater Tots In The UK?

Tater tots are not sold at supermarkets in the UK. Hash browns, which are essentially tater tots made into a larger, typically triangle shape, are available.

What Is The Name Of Tater Tots In Australia And Canada?

In Australia, they aren’t referred to as Tater Tots.

They go by the names potato gems, royals, or pom-poms in Australia, and Tasti Taters in Canada.

What Are Tater Tots Called In China?


Are Croquettes And Tater Tots The Same?

Both potato-based dishes—tater tots and potato croquettes—are prepared from mashed potatoes. In contrast, the croquettes are filled with cheese and deep-fried after being breaded and egg-battered.

Are Tater Tots The Same As Hash Browns?

Hash browns and potato tots are two variations of the same cuisine. Grated potatoes are cooked in oil to make hash browns. Tater tots, on the other hand, are likewise made from shredded potatoes that have been rolled into balls and deep-fried.

Are Frozen Tater Tots Already Fried?

Store-bought, widely accessible, and reasonably priced frozen tater tots are already cooked and prepared for reheating and serving.

Do I Need Nutritional Yeast?

It can be prepared both ways, using and omitting nutritional yeast. I like the way the tater tots taste with nutritional yeast, you can leave it, but the taste may be affected.

tater tots with ketchup in white plate

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Vegan Tater Tots

Learn how to make healthy vegan tater tots, these homemade tater tots are so much better than the store-bought ones in frozen bags and they so easy to make. They are moist and fluffy inside and crisp on the outside.
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Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Tater Tots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 157kcal


  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon onion finely minced
  • 2 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil


  • Scrub potatoes and cook in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. When still warm, allowing to cool enough so you can handle, remove the peel and discard
  • Using a box grater, finely grate potato and place in a large bowl. Gently stir in minced onion, yeast flakes, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.
  • Preheat oven 425 F.Take a small amount, about a teaspoon and form into a cylindrical shape or a ball and place on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush or spray with coconut or olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes turning halfway. Delicious served with ketchup!


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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