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Air Fryer Tater Tots with a side of hot sauce

Air Fryer Tater Tots (Taco Style)

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  • Author: Susan Ramirez
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups of tater tots 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


If you've been craving the satisfying crunch of tater tots but want to keep things in check, you're in for a treat. We're diving headfirst into the world of Air Fryer Tater Tots, Taco style.

I'm about to take you on a flavor-packed journey that's not just delicious but also mindful of our healthy eating goals.


  • One 16 ounce package of frozen tater tots
  • One teaspoon of low sodium taco seasoning
  • A spritz of olive oil


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F and place about 2 cups of your frozen taters tots in a Ziploc baggie and sprinkle with taco seasoning and shake well.
  2. Give your air fryer basket a spritz of olive oil so they don't stick. Next place your seasoned frozen tater tots in your air fryer basket in a single layer. You can also use a silicone insert for easier cleaning which I prefer. You may need to do this in batches depending on how many tater tots you want to make and how large your air fryer is.
  3. Cook for 7 minutes and then turn over or shake basket and cook for an additional 7 minutes or until desired crispiness.
  4. Remove from air fryer basket and serve..Yummy!!


  • Preheat the air fryer: Always preheat your air fryer to the recommended temperature (usually around 400°F or 200°C) for a few minutes before cooking. This ensures even cooking and crispiness.
  • Use a non-stick cooking spray: Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or use a misting bottle to prevent the tater tots from sticking to the basket.
  • Arrange tater tots evenly: Place the frozen tater tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded. This allows for proper air circulation and even cooking.
  • Shake or flip halfway through: Gently shake the basket or flip the tater tots with tongs halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.
  • Don't overcrowd the basket: If you have a large batch of tater tots, cook them in multiple batches to avoid overcrowding, which can lead to uneven cooking and less crispiness.
  • Season before cooking: Season the tater tots with your favorite spices or seasonings before cooking. This can add extra flavor to the tots.
  • Experiment with seasonings: Get creative with your seasonings. Try adding garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or even grated Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • Serve immediately: Tater tots are at their best when served hot and crispy, so enjoy them right out of the air fryer.
  • Keep leftovers crispy: If you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to regain their crispiness.
  • Customize dips: Prepare a variety of dipping sauces like ketchup or barbecue sauce. 
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 860 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: