These crispy baked sweet potato 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 in 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 yellow mustard and forget about it.
Are Sweet Potato Tots Healthy?
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? I made them a whole lot healthier by baking them instead of frying, and using whole, unrefined ingredients.
Because they’re baked and not fried, though, it’s a little trickier to get that delicious crunchy, crispy outer layer we all know and love about tots. Thanks to Jackson’s Honest (<—LOVE) awesome Sweet Potato Chips, we can make a quick crunchy coating that pairs perfectly with the tots.
Overall, these baked sweet potato tots are a delicious, easy, and a great healthy side, especially compared to the pre-packaged, frozen alternative.
What If I Don’t Have a Food Processor?
I know I use my food processor a lot for recipes like this, but it’s not entirely necessary. Yes, it’s amazing, sometimes magical, and makes life way easier, but not extremely necessary. 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.
Then, transfer the broken down chips into a mixing bowl and 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.
If you’re looking to get your own food processor, this is the one I use and I absolutely friggin’ love it.
Can You Freeze 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.
What Goes With Sweet Potato Tots?
What don’t they go with, am I right?
Seriously, though…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 tot recipe because the combo is ah-mazing for reals.
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 Jackson’s Honest 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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