James Coney Island Loaded Tater Tots

James Coney Island Loaded Tater Tots are a favorite side dish at the restaurant. Tator tots get a major upgrade. Best of all, you can enjoy this treat with your favorite burger or hot dog.

loaded tater tots in a skillet

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One of my favorite sides at James Coney Island is their baked loaded tater tots. Tater tots are souped up with all sorts of extras.

Sure, they are known for their Juicy Lucy burgers or even their chili. They make so much more. It took me a long time to try a side other than the cheese fries.

Three Ways to Cook Tater Tots

When you make tater tots at home, you can cook them in three different ways. You can make tater tots in an air fryer, you can bake them in the oven, or you can keep fry them in vegetable oil. It’s up to you.

I personally like them either deep-fried or cooked in an air fryer. I think air fryers do a really good job of crisping up tater tots.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Frozen tater tots
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions

You can also add a dash of Tabasco Chipotle sauce for a kick of flavor and heat.

Ingredients needed for James Coney Island loaded tater tots.

How to Make Loaded Tater Tots

  1. Pour the oil into a deep fryer or saucepan to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
  2. Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  3. Cook half of the tater tots in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Cook the remaining tater tots.
  5. Place the cooked tater tots in a greased casserole dish or cast-iron skillet and sprinkle cheese and bacon on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese begins to melt.
  7. Remove the dish from the oven and top it with sour cream and green onions.

You can make deluxe tater tots in individual serving sizes or you could make a whole big serving for everyone to enjoy family style. So I hope you enjoy these fancy potatoes soon!

loaded tater tots in a cast iron skillet

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James Coney Island Loaded Tater Tots

Enjoy these tasty tater tots with bacon, cheese, and sour cream at home.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: James Coney Island Baked Tots, Loaded Tater Tots, Tater Tots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 311kcal


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 8 ounces frozen tater tots
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon sliced green onions


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour the oil into a deep fryer or saucepan to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Cook half of the tater tots in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Once the first batch is finished, drain them on paper towels.
  • Cook the remaining tater tots.
  • Place the cooked tater tots in the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese and bacon over them.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.
  • Remove the dish from oven and top it with sour cream and green onions.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 0.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    • nostalgicglands

      5 stars
      You may prepare gourmet tater tots in small servings for each person or a large portion for the entire family to eat dordle together. I thus hope you soon appreciate these delicious potatoes!

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  3. Baltisraul

    Indent a few wells in the surface of the tots with a ladle and crack an egg in each well. Cook the tots in the oven a little longer about 12 min so the eggs will set. I did a whole 30 oz. bag of tots in a 12″ iron skillet with 8 eggs. Our weekend guests were amazed.

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