Sweet Potato Tater Tots


I’ll admit, this is one of those recipes I’ve been developing a while. Normal tater tots are made with the incredibly dry Russet, so they tend to hold together well. Sweet Potatoes and Yams, however have a LOT more moisture in them, so they tend to fall apart. My first attempt ended in random bits of sweet potato shreds all over the oven. The trick to using alternative tubers, is to press as much moisture out of the shreds as possible. That one trick is all it takes to transform inadvertent sweet potato hash browns into tightly packed (and delicious) sweet potato tater tots.

It goes really well with homemade ketchup.

3-4 medium size yams or sweet potatoes (enough to get 3 cups of shreds)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tsp Salt
Enough oil to fry

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the yams or sweet potatoes with their peels still on and boil for 20 minutes. Transfer out of water and let cool.

Peel potatoes.

Using either a box grater or shredding attachment on food processor, shred enough sweet potatoes to get 3 cups of shreds.

Place 4 sheets of paper towels on your countertop, dump your shreds on top of the paper towel, and fold the towel up over the top of your shreds.


Push on the shreds until you have squeezed as much moisture out of the shreds as possible.

Combine shreds with flour, cheese and salt. Mix well to combine.

Using a 1 Tbs measuring spoon, portion out tater tots, and form into small tater logs.

Fry in 350 degree oil for 3-5 minutes, until brown

19 comments to Sweet Potato Tater Tots

  • Kim

    We’re trying these tonight! Thanks for the fun recipe!

  • Kim

    We made them and they were great! A good way to get my kids to eat sweet potatoes… they’re still good for us, right? :) I’m not that good at frying things (Ethan’s the fry daddy around here), but they were still great. I did forget to squeeze the water out though… I know, how could I forget?! Something to do with 5 little ones demanding my attention at the time. Go figure.

  • admin

    Thanks for the feedback Kim!

  • YCH

    Oh my gosh, I love tater tots. I have to make it this weekend.

  • ricky

    Why not try these with a sweet spicy seasoning like sweet potato fries. A good way to put it a little over the top. Good idea will have to try these soon.

  • Ishti Amanda Dee

    Mmmmmm they’re good! Try them dipped into a chipotle ranch dressing. Mmmmmmm good.

  • Cheryl

    Thank you!!! I’m a big fan of sweet potato fries and went looking for a recipe to make these! Mmmmmm….tots. :)

  • Beth

    Sounds great but is there a way to have tots without frying?

  • admin

    Hey Beth,
    I’ve tried and tried to bake these. The only moderately successful way is to generously oil the tots, otherwise they get really leathery.

    Considering you need to add so much oil, there isn’t much of a calorie difference between frying and baking.

  • Julianna

    I made these tonight and they were delicious! Our favorite local restaurant served these with melted blue cheese and a maple creme fraiche so thats how I served them and it was amazing. Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely be making them again!

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  • deanna

    I had sweet tots during a visit to Georgia and haven’t been able to find them in stores in WI, very excited to try! I usually season my sweet fries with salt, cinnamon, pepper and paprika for some great flavor, bleu cheese is also a nice compliment for a sauce.

  • Amanda

    I wish I would have read entirely through the comments before trying this recipe. I attempted baking mine because I try not to serve fried foods and came out with the same results you mentioned. Outside of the tots was chewy and leather and the inside was complete mush….Have you tried a shallow fry as opposed to the deep fat fry?

  • Donna

    I was wondering if you could use just the sweet potatoes shredded and rolled in tot shapes then freeze. May have to spray with oil before freezing and then possibly bake. I don’t know, just thinking, but plan to experiment later.

  • admin

    Hi Donna,
    I’ve never tried that, but I’d love to hear how you’re results turn out!

  • I still want to know how the freezing and then baking turns out!! I am boiling my sweet potato now (Only one because it is Ginormous)and maybe split it … fry half and freeze the other?

  • Elya

    I just recently experienced the wonders of sweet potato tater tots and am so excited for this recipe! I hope you don’t mind, but I pinned this to my recipe board. (If you do mind, let me know and I’ll take it off). Thanks for the recipe!

  • Billie

    I was able to get something like sweet potato tots for my little boy by adding a little ground oatmeal to the mashed sweet potato, then rolling little balls in grated and shredded parmesan. Sprayed with some oil and put under the broiler. Turned out pretty good –he kinda liked them.

  • Cheryl

    Have you tried them baked??? Love the frozen ones but I never fry. Thanks for sharing!!!

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