A close cousin of tater tot nachos (aka totchos), this presentation of is even simpler. Baked tots are simply tossed with salsa, avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro. Easy hot and cool salsa tater tots is a fun and festive appetizer that couldn’t be easier to make.
For this recipe, I recommend using the type of fresh salsa that’s sold in the refrigerated section near the produce aisle of supermarkets; another great option is to go with a simple homemade salsa — like Salsa Fresca.
Make it a Tex-Mex appetizer buffet: Here’s a great theme for a casual gathering! Choose two or three more from among the following. Add plenty of tortilla chips, and of course, plenty of your favorite booze or mocktails.
- Fiesta 7-Layer Bean Dip
- Crazy-Easy Vegan Hot Bean Dip
- Creamy Guacamole with Red Onion
- Vegan Avocado and Sweet Potato Quesadillas
This also makes an easy side-by-side dish with salads and soups of all kinds. Here are more vegan recipes for using tater tots.
- 4 heaping cup tater tots (your favorite brand)
- 1 cup fresh refrigerated or homemade salsa (see options in Notes), plus more to pass around
- 1 medium firm, ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
- 1 jalapeño, most seeds removed, and sliced (or use a poblano pepper as a milder option)
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- Vegan sour cream for topping, optional
- Bake or air fry the tater tots according to package directions.
- Once done, combine the tots with 1 cup of salsa along with the avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro in a mixing bowl and toss together gently.
- Transfer the mixture to an attractive shallow serving container.
- Serve warm. Everyone scoops a portion onto small plates. Pass around extra salsa and the optional vegan sour cream to top individual portions.
Use the type of fresh salsa that’s sold in the refrigerated section near the produce aisle of supermarkets; another great option is to go with a simple homemade salsa, like our Salsa Fresca.
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