Tater Tot Nachos are a fun twist on regular nachos that swaps the tortilla chips for crispy baked tater tots instead. They’re topped with seasoned ground beef and cheese along with all your favorite nacho toppings! 

Sideview of a sheet pan of tater tot nachos

This tater tot nachos recipe, also known as Irish nachos, is like a tater tot casserole except served up nacho-style. Who doesn’t love nachos? And nachos with tater tots instead of chips – um, yes, please sign me up for that!

We love to make these for dinner and it’s also a great snack or appetizer. I love to make them when I have leftover seasoned ground beef from taco night, which makes them so easy to make. The tots are loaded with the seasoned beef, lots of cheese and all the topping like guacamole, chopped tomatoes, black olives and sour cream.

Of course, you can add your favorite toppings – it’s your choice! You can also make these tater tot nachos with ground beef or ground turkey. Both are delicious.

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients
  2. How to Make Tater Tot Nachos
  3. How to Make Vegetarian Tater Tot Nachos
  4. Other dinners you’ll enjoy:
  5. Tater Tot Nachos Recipe Recipe
Tater tot nachos on sheet pan


For the base of the nachos you only need three things:

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Cooked taco meat
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Closeup of tater tot nachos on metal pan

How to Make Tater Tot Nachos

If you already have cooked seasoned beef, this is a quick 10-minute prep recipe. This is the recipe for my basic taco meat – it’s so simple, so if you need to make a batch for this recipe it only adds 10 minutes to the prep time.

Just brown one pound of ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Once it’s cooked through, drain any excess grease and then add one packet of taco seasoning and the amount of water listed on the packet. Cook it all together for five minutes.

You will only need half of the ground beef for the nachos.

Once you have the meat, all you do is assemble the nachos:

  • Spread the frozen tater tots in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake them following the package instructions.
  • When they are done, top them (while they are still hot) with the beef (or turkey) and cheese. Bake them for another five minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Overhead shot of tater tot nachos with chicken

Pull them out the oven and top them with your favorite toppings! We love:

  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Guacamole or diced avocados
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
Overhead shot of tator tot nachos with chicken and beans

How to Make Vegetarian Tater Tot Nachos

You can omit the meat and make tater tot nachos vegetarian by using beans. Pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans or a combination of beans will work great.

Nachos are usually thought of as an appetizer, but these tater tot nachos make a great dinner! We also make them for a fun party snack when we have friends and family over. They’re always a hit when we make them – I hope you love them, too.

Other dinners you’ll enjoy:

Sideview of a sheet pan of tater tot nachos

Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Tater Tot Nachos are a fun way to make tater tot casserole! Top tater tots with nacho toppings for an easy dinner or appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 5 people
Serving Size 1 serving


For the base nachos:

  • 1/2 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 1/2 pound taco meat prepared (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Topping suggestions:

  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 sliced avocado or prepared guacamole
  • 8 ounces sliced black olives drained
  • Sour Cream and/or salsa to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Place tater tots in a single later on a large cookie or baking sheet (at least 11×17-inches). Cook according to package directions. Meanwhile prepare toppings.
  • Top hot tater tots with taco meat and cheese. Bake for about 5 additional minutes, or until meat is hot and cheese is melted.
  • For serving: top with tomatoes, avocados, olives, sour cream and/or any other toppings.

Recipe Notes

This is a great way to use leftover taco meat, but if you need to make it yourself: cook 1 pound of ground beef or turkey until cooked through. Drain. Add one taco seasoning packet and water according to package directions, cook 5 minutes. Use half this mixture for the nachos.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 574IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meal, easy dinner, nachos, tater tot dinner
Tater tot nachos on sheet pan with guacamole

Nachos are usually thought of as an appetizer, but they also make for a great dinner! Tater Tot Nachos are a fun twist on regular nachos and such a simple substitute. You will keep going back for more!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy to prepare and put together, put what ever you want on them and make them your version of nachos. The whole family loved them and there were no leftovers. The kids loved them.