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Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots


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Recipe Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
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This Cheesy Bacon Tater Tot Casserole is perfect for a weeknight dinner or even a party! You can’t even go wrong with cheese, bacon, and potatoes if you ask me!

The best thing about this slow cooker appetizer recipe is that it’s super easy and you enjoy a cheesy side dish without much effort at all.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots on a white serving plate with two forks beside the plate.

Cheesy Bacon Tater Tot Casserole

This easy side dish or appetizer is full of bacon and cheesy goodness and the entire family is going to enjoy it.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love slow cooker appetizer recipes you may also enjoy this Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots on a white serving plate with two forks and shredded cheese on the right side of the plate.

Ingredients

You only need four ingredients to make this cheesy and easy side dish or appetizer recipe.

  • tater tots
  • dry ranch mix
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • bacon, chopped and cooked
Ingredients used to make Cheesy Bacon tater tot casserole

Substitutions

Diced Potatoes: If you don’t have tater tots on hand you can use diced hashbrown potatoes.

Cheese: Out of cheddar cheese? Use mozzarella or Mexican blend cheese or whatever you have on hand.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

How to Make Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots

Step 1: Cook the bacon

Chop bacon into 1-inch chunks and cook in a skillet over medium heat until done, stirring often.

Bacon being cooked in a skillet.

Step 2: Drain the bacon

Line a plate with paper towels, and put the cooked bacon on it, then pat to help drain grease.

Cooked bacon being drained using paper towels.

Step 3: Layer the slow cooker

In the Crockpot, layer half of each in this order: tater tots, ranch mix, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon pieces. Repeat the layer once more.

Ingredients being layered in a crockpot.

Step 4: Cook on low

Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Serve hot.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots in a crockpot.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking for ways to personalize this recipe? Here are my tried and true swaps for this Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots recipe.

Chicken: Want to add more protein to this recipe? Add in some cooked chicken when you are layering your tater tots.

Tex Mix: Make this dish even more flavorful by adding in a can of Rotel when you are layering your potatoes.

Con Queso: Add con queso to your cheesy bacon tater tot casserole for a spicy kick.

Toppings/Serving Suggestions

Are you wondering what to serve on top of these cheesy tater tots? Here are my favorite toppings for this delicious snack.

  • bacon bits
  • green onions
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • chili
  • jalapenos
A portion of Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots on a fork and the rest of the serving on a white plate.

Tips

  • For easy cleaning spray your slow cooker with cooking spray before adding the food to your slow cooker.
  • Want to save on dishes? Use a slow cooker liner instead of cooking spray.
  • Be sure to keep your lid on so that your tater tot cooks quickly and evenly.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this cheesy bacon tater tot casserole? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

After the casserole has cooled, transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

How to freeze

After the tater tot dish is cooked through, let it cool then transfer to freezer-safe bags or containers. Label with date. Store up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Leftovers

If you have leftovers or want to make this for another meal, you can reheat the casserole in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.

A portion of Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots on a fork and the rest of the serving on a white plate.

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Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots Recipe

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Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tots

Corinne Schmitt
This Cheesy Bacon Tater Tot Casserole is perfect for a weeknight dinner or even a party!
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 748 kcal

Equipment

  • knife and cutting board
  • skillet
  • paper towels
  • plate
  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 32 ounces tater tots
  • 1 ounce dry ranch mix
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb bacon chopped and cooked

Instructions
 

  • Chop bacon into 1 inch chunks and cook in a skillet over medium heat until done, stirring often.
  • Line a plate with paper towels, and put cooked the bacon on it, then pat to help drain grease.
  • In the Crockpot, layer half of each in this order: tater tots, ranch mix, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon pieces. Repeat the layer once more.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 748kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 22gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1737mgPotassium: 587mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 413IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 296mgIron: 1mg
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