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Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with Ranch Dipping Sauce

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with Ranch Dipping Sauce make a fantastic salty/spicy appetizer. They pack a lot of heat and have a wonderful crispy exterior. Finger food doesn’t get any better than this.

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tot getting dipped in ranch dressing.

 

Bacon and potatoes are of course a classic combination.  There is something about their crispy exterior and nice soft interior that kids and adults alike can’t resist.

 

Adding a little barbecue sauce to the bacon adds a layer of flavor and smokiness. A little sliver of jalapeno wrapped inside the bacon gives these babies a nice kick. But don’t worry. The cool, creamy ranch dip helps cool your mouth down.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots on a blue serving plate with dippinf sauce.

 

Ingredients Needed

  • Cooking spray
  • Frozen Tater Tots
  • Bacon
  • Jalapenos
  • BBQ Sauce- use your favorite.
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Buttermilk
  • Mayonnaise

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots on wire rack.

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots Recipe Tips

If you’ll be serving kids who might object to the heat of the jalapenos, leave the jalapenos off of half of them. They’ll still be super yummy.

 

Make as many of these as you have the patience for. It’s a little time consuming to wrap all the tater tots and get that jalapeno situated in there just so. But it’s so worth it. They’ll disappear in a flash.

Best eaten right away.

Do NOT use thick cut bacon.

Note: Be extra careful to wash your hands well after handling the jalapenos and definitely do not touch your eyes.

 

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with bowl of dipping sauce on serving plate.

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Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tot getting dipped in ranch dressing.

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with Ranch Dipping Sauce

Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with Ranch Dipping Sauce make a fantastic salty/spicy appetizer. They pack a lot of heat and have a wonderful crispy exterior.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 25 mins
SERVINGS: 48 tots

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 bag frozen extra crispy tater tots
  • 6-8 slices of bacon, cut in half lengthwise and cut into thirds, so you get 6 pieces from 1 slice
  • 2 jalapenos thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 of a .4-ounce package of Buttermilk Ranch mix, I use Hidden Valley Ranch
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on top of a large baking sheet and lightly spray rack with cooking spray.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush barbecue sauce on both sides of bacon.
  • For each tater tot, place a jalapeno slice flat against the side of the tater tot, and wrap bacon all the way around tater tot so that it completely covers the jalapeno. Place on wire rack.
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until bacon is brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, mix together ranch mix, buttermilk, and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: gameday

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Originally published May 7, 2013.

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8 thoughts on “Jalapeno Bacon Tater Tots with Ranch Dipping Sauce”

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Ari! You’re welcome at my house any time. Too bad you live almost all the way across the country!

  1. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    I love those little bites! and, I don’t mind the spiciness because I have this persistent cold and all the spicy stuff makes me feel better.

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