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Ore Ida Crispy Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air fryer tater tots are the bomb! Add cheese to the top and they’re a crunchy snack or side dish your family will ask for over and over again. 

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Ready for some crispy air fryer tater tots??!! Smothered with cheese and a drizzle of ketchup, they’re a great easy air fryer recipe. Let me show you how to make these in your fancy kitchen gadget.  This post has been sponsored by Albertsons. (originally published 4/19, affiliate links present)

Frozen Tater Tots in Air Fryer

I bet you remember these babies from your childhood. Whether they were served alone as a quick snack, or a side dish with meatloaf they are just so yummy. Everyone loves them.

THIS is the new way to cook them though that is WAY better than in the oven y’all.

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Air Fryer Tater Tots

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Ore Ida Tater Tots Air Fryer

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How long does it take to cook tater tots in an air fryer?

If making the entire frozen bag: Total of 15 minutes. Half bag: Total of 10 minutes. or so.

You will want to shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes for best results. Cook until as crunchy as you’d like!

Can I cook frozen tater tots in air fryer?

YES, this is what we’re talking about today. I have never let them defrost first and I wouldn’t recommend that at all.

If you do the end result won’t be as crispy as you’d like them.

How do you cook frozen tater tots?

In the oven you just spread them out on a sheet pan and bake. Directions for that is on the bag.

If you use your hot air machine you’ll have better results though! Just 15 min. to perfection!

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Air fryer frozen tater tots

It’s easier than you think and there’s NO need to heat up your oven to do so. Handy tip to have when the summertime hits and you aren’t about to heat up your house! 😉

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Ninja air fryer tater tots

  1. Preheat

    Always preheat your machine for optimal results. Set to 400 for 5 minutes.

  2. Cook

    Once it’s hot, dump frozen taters in the basket without letting them overlap. This will likely require you to make the whole bag in 2 batches.

    Set to 10 minutes for 1/2 the bag and shake every 5 minutes. Increase time if you want them crispier. Remove, and add another batch.

There are tons of different brands who make these too. I personally love these because they created them originally and the outside is crispier than others I have tried.

air fryer frozen tater tots

Do you need to preheat your air fryer?

  • Yes
  • Preheating is important to get them nice and crispy.
  • It only takes 5 minutes for this step.
  • You can cook them without preheating but they won’t be quite as crispy.
    • It’s worth it, so just do it.

Frozen tater tots in air fryer

Different brands have various configurations, this is ours with an air fryer lid that closes on the top. 

how long to cook frozen tater tots in air fryer

Tater Tots in Air Fryer

Tips to making the crispiest tater tots in air fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. Once preheated spray the inside of your basket with non stick spray.
  3. Do not overlap them during the cooking process.
    1. This usually requires you to cook 1/2 a bag at a time.
  4. Use oven mitts to gently toss them in your basket midway through the cooking process.
    1. Using a spoon or spatula to flip them usually breaks them apart a bit.
    2. Flip them in the basket as you see chefs flipping an egg in a pan, but a bit more gentle.
  5. Eat them immediately when done for the crispiest tater tot ever!
frozen tater tots air fryer

Ninja Foodi Tater Tots

Here is 1/2 a bag done and ready to enjoy!

What if you want cheesy tater tots?

  • Cook as directed in the recipe card below.
  • Then sprinkle some shredded Kraft Mozzarella Cheese on top.
  • Add 2 more minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Remove and enjoy immediately for stringy cheesy tater tots.

Remember to drizzle some Heinz Tomato Ketchup on top for the ultimate snack.

cheesy tater tots

Tater tots air fryer

  1. Ore-Ida Tater Tots – found in the freezer section
  2. Shredded Kraft Mozzarella Cheese – you’ll find this near the lunchmeat
  3. Heinz Tomato Ketchup – in the aisle with other condiments 

When you don’t have time to make homemade french fries these are great!  Air fryer pickles are great too served with tots and this fry sauce recipe!

We have frozen french fries air fryer and frozen chicken strips in air fryer instructions here too!

Frozen French Fries Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Tater Tots

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, baked potatoes, side dish, snack, tater tots
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 331kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Spray your air fryer basket with non stick spray and pour in your frozen tater tots.
  • If making 1/2 a bag set to 10 minutes and flip after 5 minutes.
    If making the entire bag set to 15 minutes and flip after every 5 minutes, so 3 times during the process.
  • Add additional minutes for extra extra crispiness. 
    If you want to add cheese sprinkle some on top and set for an additional 2 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Remove, drizzle with ketchup and enjoy immediately for crispiest results.


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Tater Tots
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 916mg40%
Potassium 474mg14%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 14th of April 2022

I'll never make tater tots any other way after trying this recipe! Super easy and perfectly crispy and delicious.


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Love tater tots and these cooked up so nice and quickly in the air fryer. Definitely going to be my go-to way of making them from now on!

Shaunda Hall

Thursday 16th of December 2021

I have an instant pot vortex plus is there a difference in the recipe


Monday 5th of July 2021

Oh! This looks amazing! I am always looking for fast snacks to feed my 'always hungry' kiddos!


Monday 5th of July 2021

Yup, definitely the best way too cook tots! We also love to dip them in quest! Best tots ever!

The Typical Mom

Monday 5th of July 2021

Agree 100%

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