These crispy baked sweet potato tater tots are perfectly sweet, crunchy, and especially delicious when dipped into the greek yogurt dip. They’re the perfect solution to your fry cravings and are freezer-friendly!
Guys, can I just say two things really quick? Because I think you should know this before you start reading this post.
I absolutely love sweet potatoes. Like full on LOVE love. They can seriously do no wrong in my loving, adoring eyes.
I think I may feel even more strongly about tater tots.
Given this, I’m probably not the best to objectively judge these crispy sweet potato tots we’ve got going on here.
That all being said, I’m pretty sure I’ve found the world’s most perfect pairing of all the gloriousness of sweet potatoes and tater tots.
And don’t even get me started on the maple cinnamon greek yogurt dip. I’ll just be over here enjoying all this goodness for a while, mkay?
Growing up, my family didn’t really buy many processed, frozen foods like tater tots. We went through a phase here and there of frozen dinners at one point, but it doesn’t seem like it was a staple as it was at my friends’ houses. I honestly can’t remember if we even had tater tots at all at my house.
Wow, that’s a crazy realization right here. I may need a moment…
At some point, I learned about them and fell in love with the soft, yet slightly crunchy, salty bit of fried perfection. Crunchy on the outside, soft and flavorful on the inside. Give me some greek yogurt dip and forget about it.
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO TATER TOTS
BUT regular tater tots aren’t really the best for your health, are they? The major reason for this is they’re deep fried and highly salted. Basically: you’re getting a lot of fat and cholesterol and not a lot of nutrients.
So, instead, I decided to make my own homemade tater tots using sweet potatoes for a little twist on my old favorite. Since I already love these Clean Broccoli Tots and these Sweet Potato Fries, I figured what better ingredient to turn into a tater tot recipe than sweet potatoes?
Ok so how to make homemade tater tots?
- you combine cooked and peeled sweet potatoes with cinnamon;
- mash but don’t turn into pure;
- place the mixture in the fridge to chill;
- prep the coating – if you want this potato tots recipe to turn into crispy on the outside, soft on the inside tots, you need to coat the sweet potato tater tots before cooking them (more tips for this later);
- form the sweet potato tater tots and coat them;
- cook tater tots in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Overall, this sweet potato tots recipe makes a delicious, easy, and a great healthy side, especially compared to the pre-packaged, frozen alternative.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH SWEET POTATOES
Oh, where should I begin? This is a hard one.
Let’s just say that sweet potatoes are great for promoting digestive system health, enhancing brain function, and supporting healthy vision. And are highly nutritious. We’re talking about:
- minerals – manganese, potassium, and copper;
- vitamins – vitamin A, vitamin C, and B vitamins;
- sweet potatoes are also:
- low-carb compared to other starchy veggies;
- a great source of fiber;
- a good source of protein;
- and not bad at all when it comes to calories – one cup = 180 calories.
HOW LONG TO COOK TATER TOTS
I made the sweet potato tots a whole lot healthier by baking them instead of frying, and using whole, unrefined ingredients. So, if you were wondering how long to cook tater tots, the correct question is how to bake them.
- As previously stated, to cook the sweet potatoes in the oven, you have to place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper;
- place the sweet potato tots in the oven;
- halfway through, flip the sweet potato tater tots.
How long to cook tater tots? Ah, pardon me, how long to bake tater tots? 15-20 minutes but don’t forget to flip them to not burn the crispy sweet potato crust.
TIPS FOR GETTING A CRISPY, CRUNCHY SWEET POTATO TOT
Because they’re baked and not fried, it’s a little trickier to get that delicious crunchy, crispy outer layer we all know and love about tots.
So… how to make sweet potato tots crispy then? I like to use Jackson’s Honest (<—LOVE) awesome Sweet Potato Chips, aka clean, healthy, and slightly salty sweet potato chips, we can make a quick crunchy coating that pairs perfectly with the tots. But any sweet potato chip would work – just look for ones made with coconut oil and with very minimal ingredients.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can just add the sweet potato chips to a large ziplock bag and crush them into evenly sized pieces using a mallet or a large, sturdy glass.
- transfer the broken down chips into a mixing bowl;
- combine with the other ingredients for the crispy coating.
You won’t get quite the same, even sizes, but you can make due for sure.
You can also use whole wheat panko breadcrumbs instead to get a crispy texture if you cannot find sweet potato chips. Or you can make sweet potato chips by cutting sweet potatoes into thin slices and baking them in the oven with a little bit of coconut oil.
HOW TO MAKE A MAPLE GREEK YOGURT DIP
Seriously, though… homemade sweet potato tots are a great healthy replacement for regular tater tots and fries and can be treated that way as a side, too. That means they’ll go with burgers, sandwiches, and even make an awesome BBQ side.
I highly recommend making the maple cinnamon greek yogurt dip to go along with this sweet potato tots recipe because the combo is ah-mazing for reals.
How to make the maple greek yogurt dip:
- in a mixing bowl, add greek yogurt;
- followed by
- Maple syrup;
- Vanilla extract;
- stir to combine.
Dip your baked tater tots in the greek yogurt dip and prepare to be blown away by the amazing taste. Because, trust me, you will be!
HOW TO REHEAT YOUR SWEET POTATO TOTS
One of the best things about tater tots is you can have them, ready to bake, waiting for you in the freezer, right? Good news: you can freeze these sweet potato tots, too.
To freeze, just transfer the cooked and cooled tater tots to an airtight container. These babies freeze up to 1 month. Then, to bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and bake until heated through, about 15-17 minutes — even faster if they’re thawed.
To keep them as separated as possible, you can freeze them first on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then toss them all together once they’re individually frozen, but it’s not that huge of a deal.
How to reheat tater tots? Well, to keep them healthy, I’d suggest reheating them in the oven or in the microwave.
How to reheat tater tots in the oven:
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F;
- place the sweet potato tots on a baking dish;
- remove when heated through (5-10 minutes should be enough).
How to reheat tater tots in the microwave?
- place the sweet potato tots on a microwaveable dish;
- reheat for 30 seconds on each side.
3 MORE HEALTHY SWEET POTATO RECIPES
I think you know by now what’s about to happen. If you guessed more sweet potato recipes, you are correct.
EASY SWEET POTATO MEAL PREP – BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES 4 WAYS
Earlier I mentioned that I like to make sweet potato fries. It’s true. I love them! They are great for Easy Sweet Potato Meal Prep.
And with these Baked Sweet Potato Fries 4 Ways, you get 4 different flavors including Garlic Herb, Cajun, Spicy Chile, and Cinnamon Sugar. Get the recipes.
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SWEET POTATO PIE
I think you’re familiar with pumpkin pie. Who isn’t, right? How about sweet potato pie? Healthy Sweet Potato Pie!
Learn How To Make Healthy Sweet Potato Pie for a slightly different taste than but just as amazing taste as pumpkin pie. Get the recipe.
3-INGREDIENT HEALTHY MASHED SWEET POTATOES
And last but by no means least, a simple 3-Ingredient Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
This is such an easy recipe. But it’s also one of my favorite sweet potato recipes. YUM. Get the recipe.
Sweet Potato Tots
These crispy baked sweet potato tots are the perfect solution to your fry cravings. They're sweet, crispy, and go perfectly with the greek yogurt dip.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 cups Sweet Potato Chips
- 2 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Prep the sweet potatoes by poking a few holes in each of them using a fork. You can either bake them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour or microwave them for about 8-10 minutes. Once cooked through, let them cool enough to touch.
Add the Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips into a food processor, followed by the coconut sugar, sea salt, and ground cinnamon. Now, pulse until the sweet potato chips are evenly broken down into small pieces, but not yet to a powder. Add this to a shallow dish and set aside.
Add the peeled, cooked sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl, followed by the cinnamon, and mash together, but do not puree.
Place the mashed sweet potato mixture into the fridge and allow to chill. This will make it easier to form into tots, but is not vital.
To form the sweet potato tots, grab about 1 tbsp. of the chilled sweet potato mixture and form into into a tot shape using your fingers. Think a cylinder with a flat top and bottom. If the mixture sticks too much to your hands, you can wet them with water, as needed.
One at a time, add each tot to the crushed sweet potato chip mixture and gently toss to coat.
Then, transfer the coated tot to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat with the remaining mixture.
Place the tots into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through.
Be careful to not allow the crispy sweet potato crust burn.
While the tots are baking, prepare the sweet greek yogurt dipping sauce for the tots. To do this, add plain greek yogurt to a small mixing bowl, followed by pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, and stir to combine.
Thanks so much to Jackson’s Honest for sponsoring this recipe - make sure to pick up their Sweet Potato Chips to make these crispy tots today!
Nutrition facts include greek yogurt dip.
To freeze, transfer the cooked and cooled tater tots to an airtight container. Can freeze up to 1 month. To bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and bake until heated through, about 15-17 minutes -- even faster if they're thawed.
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