Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers from Tots!

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno poppers are one of my favorite easy appetizers to make and these tater tot versions are one of my favorites! The crispy tot goes perfectly with the cream cheese base and spicy pepper. From the cookbook Tots!


Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers

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One of my first blogger friends on the Internet was Dan from The Food in My Beard. We’ve known each other now for almost a decade, which is actually insane for me to consider. I’ve known my wife of eight years only a bit longer than I’ve known Dan.

Dan’s a truly awesome cook. What I love about him is how fun he makes cooking. He comes up with recipe ideas that are completely his own. If you read one of his books or browse his site and it doesn’t inspire you to get in the kitchen, then you simply don’t like to cook. End of story.

His newest book, TOTS!, comes out tomorrow and I’m a huge fan already. As advertised the entire book is about tater tots. Need I say more? Dan, of course, uses them in crazy ways, but also easy ways that you maybe haven’t thought of. I made these “Totapeno Poppers” because they looked like the most delicious thing to me on the day I got the book.

But, there are dozens of delicious and fun recipes in this book. Some of the recipes just make sense (Tots Poutine) and some had me raising an eyebrow (Sc-Tot-Ch Egg)! Ha! Just reading through the crazy ideas he came up with for this book is worth buying it, honestly.

But, knowing Dan, I can vouch that every recipe is probably delicious. He makes good food. Get the book, people. (Also, I’m giving away a few copies!)

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers

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Jalapeno poppers are one of my favorite easy appetizers to make and these tater tot versions are one of my favorites! The crispy tot goes perfectly with the cream cheese base and spicy pepper.

Recipe from the cookbook Tots!


8 jalapeno peppers, halved and hollowed
8 ounces cream cheese, soft
32 frozen tots
8 strips bacon, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut jalapeños in half and remove seeds. Try to leave the stems intact so the filling stays in the peppers.
  2. Spread about a tablespoon of cream cheese on each pepper half and top with two tots per half pepper.
  3. Wrap a half bacon strip around the popper right in the center. Wrap the bacon so the ends are under the popper securing the strip.
  4. Place poppers on a wire rack over a baking sheet or a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the bacon is cooked and crispy and the jalapenos are tender, 25-30 minutes.

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers

These poppers are an awesome twist on the classic, which is why I like them. They start the same: hollow out some big jalapenos!

Tot Jalapeno Poppers
Peppers prepped.

Then you’ll need some good old fashioned frozen tots! Book included in the shot just because.

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers and Tots!
Book and basics.

Add some cream cheese to the peppers and then two tots per pepper and wrap with bacon! A half slice of bacon per popper is good enough.

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers
Ready for the oven

Dan says to bake these for about 20 minutes, but I left mine in a bit longer. I had some BIG peppers and I wanted my bacon and poppers to get really crispy. I think I was closer to 30 minutes on the bake time.

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers


Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers

These Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect appetizer. I actually think you could probably toss them on a grill but you may want to bake the tater tots first as the poppers will cook faster on a grill.

Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers


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12 Responses to “Tater Tot Jalapeno Poppers” Leave a comment

  1. I am definitely going to make these! Four of my favorite foods in one recipe! How can I go wrong? ;)

  2. Tottts good! Peppers good! Thin crispy tempeh instead of bacon good!


    I hope I win the book!

  3. I found your blog years ago through Dan’s blog. I can always trust the two of you to have delicious, inventive food.

  4. Oh well, I don’t do Fake Book…But I do love your site and have told others about it. excited to try these, plus they are gluten free, which is good for one of my sons. Just in time for Memorial Day

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