Delicious Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots

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Remember when Tater Tots first arrived on the shelves of every grocery store? I sure do! I loved them then, and I still love them now. So why not share the love and pass it along to all of my wonderful kiddos??? They love the store bought tots so why not make them the healthier way…

Having such a large family with well let’s just say some kooky aversions to certain foods, potatoes are always a hit and miss. French fries are always a no-brainer for all of the family, and mashed potatoes are only good for half of the kids. Well, these tater tots remedy all the fuss. Crispy on the outside like a fry and creamy on the inside like a mashed potato.

While I was preparing these lovely little treats, my kids all came up to me at different times and proceeded to tell me how much of a distaste they have for these versatile little veggies. I told them just to hang in, and they will be their next favorite snack until they cook for themselves.

I started my trial tots four at a time to properly get the crunch, consistency and cooking time down and low and behold; they lasted about two seconds! No sooner had I taken them out of the Phillips Air Fryer did my little ones sneak into the kitchen and gobble them up! Thank god I took a bite out of one of them first. Once the other kids smelt and saw these delectable little tots, they were sold! Even my eldest son Jordan (pickiest eater I have ever seen and I am in the food industry), dug right in and even asked for more!!! Wow right??


  • 6 large peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil potatoes until just over half cooked.
  2. Run under cold water until potatoes are fully cooled.
  3. Using a box shredder, shred all potatoes onto cheesecloth or a clean dish towel.
  4. Squeeze out all of the excess moisture from the shredded potatoes. (The dryer the better)
  5. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed.
  6. With your hands, shape your tots into any shape or size you like.
  7. Here at the sixtimemommy abode, we use the Phillips air fryer for such glorious little treats such as these which means there is no oil or fire hazardous materials needed. For the air dryer, set your temperature to 190 and cook for seven minutes. When time is up, give the tots a good shake and put back in. Reset timer for 12 mins and check halfway giving them another good shake. We are looking for nice golden brown and crunchiness!
  8. For a traditional deep fryer, 350 temp and cook until floating and tots have a nice golden brown coating.
  9. Traditional oven 425 for 8-10 mins, flip and continue cooking until golden brown. Please note: Cooking times may vary depending on your air fryer. Cook until desired brown.

Since making these tots, my kids have demanded that they are served for every breakfast for dinner we have. Yes, people, we love our breakfast for dinner and lunch some days too. Just goes to show you how awesome these tots are.

Well, my friends, now that our mouth is watering and your eye is twitching, head on into the kitchen and whip yourself up a batch of some of the best tater tots ever!!!!!

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Homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots

Do you have an air fryer? Could you see yourself enjoying these tots?


  • Reply robin rue May 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Woah, I never even thought to make my own tater tots. I LOVE this idea. I just need to get an air fryer :)

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Oh yum these sound absolutely delicious, so you know I don’t think I’ve had tater tots before, perhaps they aren’t something we normally do over here, but I am totally making them now!

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    What sorcery is this?! We love tater tots. These are going to go over BIG TIME at our house.

  • Reply Bill Sweeney May 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    You win the internet from now until the end of time. I’ve never had actual homemade tater tots, but I can only imagine how incredible they are.

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson May 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I think I need to get myself an Air Fryer! These look so good! My kids would really like these.

  • Reply Marcie W. May 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Yum! I can not wait to explore the world of air frying! Baking is great, but there is no substitute for that fried crispiness.

  • Reply Liz Mays May 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Oh wow! I’d definitely like to try making tater tots like this. I’m pretty sure my family would be super happy!

  • Reply Pam May 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I have an airfryer I need to get more use out of. Maybe I need to make these.

  • Reply Theresa May 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I have never made my own tots before, but now I want to! These look so good!

  • Reply Monica May 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve never attempted to make my own and I realize that I must! My kids would love these but I’m sure that I’d want to gobble them up myself!

  • Reply Felicia May 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I have been craving something like this all day!! You are making me hungry.

  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger May 23, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I haven’t seen a tater tot recipe in a long time!
    These look very good.

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore May 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

    These look really good! I can’t wait to try this with my air fryer!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander May 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Those look so tasty, and I am so hungry right now. I almost ate my computer screen. I would love to try these someday soon. They sound so good.

  • Reply Amy @ Marvelous Mommy May 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    These look so delicious! I have never made my own before! The mashed potatoes inside sound amazing!

  • Reply My Teen Guide May 24, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I have to use my air fryer more often. These tater tots look so good, and I love it because it is a healthier version of an all time favorite treat!

  • Reply Dana Vento May 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

    That’s great for any kind of desserts. I would do some of these sometimes. I am glad to share this with my friends too.

  • Reply Michelle Waller May 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I have an air fryer but really haven’t tried it out a lot. I am going to have to try out your recipe. My kids would surely love them.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc May 25, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I love these tater tots recipe! Homemade is always better. My kids love tater tots and now it is the grandchildren’s turn to nag me for them. :) Thank you for the recipe.

  • Reply katrina gehman May 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    i love our air fryer but haven’t tried homemade tater tots yet. now i will have to. it’s an amazing machine.

  • Reply Kiwi May 26, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I keep hearing about air fryers. So interesting its cool to make these tater tots without the grease.

  • Reply Mei March 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Hi! Thanks for your recipe. Made them and the kids love it. I have one enquiry, mine did not turn out as ‘browned’ as what you showed in the picture. Mine has spots of brown and the rest are still the ‘potato’ yellowish colour. Any advice?
    I’m also using an air fryer. Thanks.

    • Reply Jeanine March 29, 2018 at 8:30 am

      So happy you tried them and loved them! Cooking times may vary, especially with air fryers so I would suggest trying to cook a *little* longer until you get the brown colour pictured, or you desire! Please let me know if you try again! I will edit the recipe to note this!

  • Reply Lynne May 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    How many Tots does this recipe make? I need to point it out for WW.


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