Tater Tots with Beer Cheese


Growing up, and even now, I am always the one at the table at a restaurant to order a burger or sandwich, 10% for the burger and 90% for the fries that come with it. Let's be honest they can really be the best part, and I have to say when a restaurant offers tater tots instead I jump at the chance! I love how bite sized they are and how they have that crunchy outer coating with the shredded potato inside. Not to mention the dipping sauce possibilities!

Beer cheese on the side of course!

So for the dipping sauce for these easy, homemade tater tots we turned to beer cheese yet again! It really is the perfect cheesy dip with that extra level of flavor and not to mention it is perfect for football season.

A classic tater tot

These tater tots are your classic shredded potato tot with some scallions sprinkled on top and of course the beer cheese- but some sort of dipping sauce side is honestly just a given. Let's talk ingredients for the tater tots.

  • russet potatoes
  • flour
  • fine kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • granulated onion
  • granulated garlic

Then of course with either canola oil or vegetable oil for frying, whichever you prefer!

Tater tots with scallions

Forming the tots

So forming the tots can be super easy if you follow these simple steps to help with keeping the shredded potato together-

  1. First you'll want to separate it into 5 approximately equally sized groups.
  2. Next, form each group into a log shape with approximately a 1/2 inch diameter.
  3. Using a knife, you will then cut the logs into about 1-inch size nuggets and voila! They are ready to pop in the oil to fry.

While making these it was one of those recipes where I needed to remind myself that perfection is not what we're going for here. If some are a little smaller or larger than others or more circular or square that's okay. They will all end up delicious no matter the shape!

Tater tots with beer cheese and scallions

Once your tater tots are done frying, then it's my personal favorite part- time to make the beer cheese! It's easy and really does bring the tots to the next level. In terms of the "beer" part of the beer cheese, you can choose whatever kind of lager you would like depending on your taste preference when it comes to beer.

Once you're done with the beer cheese and frying then go ahead and sit back and enjoy! Perfect for winter football nights or for that summer weekend barbecue.

Tater Tots with Beer Cheese

Nothing beats tater tots with beer cheese during football season! A classic tater tot with scallions sprinkled on top and a cheddar beer cheese on the side.



Servings: 4

Tater Tots

  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp fine kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • canola oil or vegetable oil for frying 
  • scallions, chopped for topping

Beer cheese

  • 8 ounces cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup lager
  • ½ cup whole milk


  1. Boil peeled potatoes for approximately 5-7 minutes. Once done boiling and cooled, grate the potatoes and combine with flour, salt, ground pepper, granulated onion, and granulated garlic in a medium sized mixing bowl, mixing to combine.
  2. Once combined, form potato mixture into approximately 1-inch size nuggets. Once all tater tots are formed, heat canola oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat until hot, then add tater tots to fry.
  3. Fry each tater tot for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  4. Once tater tots are done frying, prepare beer cheese. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded cheddar and flour. Heat butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Pour lager into saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Add milk and remove from heat. Stir in cheese in batches, stirring between each addition.
  5. Sprinkle tater tots with scallions, serve with beer cheese, and enjoy!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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