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Tater Tot Poutine

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Tater Tot Poutine is my quick and easy take on the French-Canadian classic, but mine is made with everyone’s favorite freezer staple…tater tots.

Closeup photo of a skillet loaded with tater tot poutine, cheese, ham, and green onions.

Serve this delicious smothered tater tot recipe as an appetizer, side dish, or even a main course. The choice is yours!

Tater tot poutine is one of those simple dishes you just can’t stop eating. Sorry. Not sorry. LOL

The following recipe for Oven Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Fresh Herbs is another potato recipe I know you’ll enjoy.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Tater Tot Poutine is available at the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” text (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


Overhead photo of a purple skillet filled with cheesy tater tot poutine with an orange napkin and a large spoon.

The ingredient list:

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  • frozen Tater Tots
  • prepared gravy; beef, chicken, turkey, (either store-bought or homemade)
  • ham (leftovers work great for this recipe)
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded swiss cheese
  • chopped scallions
  • olive oil
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe for tater tot poutine works:

It’s fast, easy, and totally customizable!

Plus, who doesn’t love crispy tater tots and melted cheese?!!

Additional add-in suggestions:

  • Bacon (cooked)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Ground Beef (cooked)
  • Ground Turkey (cooked)
  • Pulled Pork
  • Diced Avocados
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Shredded Brussels Sprouts
  • Corn Kernels
  • Chopped Broccoli
  • Shredded Chicken (cooked)
  • Sour Cream
  • You get the idea!

What is the best method for cooking frozen tater tots for poutine?

When making tater tot poutine, I recommend using a cast-iron skillet if you have one. Nothing else will give the potatoes their deep, dark, color and crunch as a cast-iron skillet can.

However, this recipe can also be made on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish and you will still have fabulous results.

What tater tots work best for this recipe?

It’s totally your call.

If you have a favorite brand, shape or flavor…go for it!!

Will this recipe work with frozen french fries?


If that’s what you have in your freezer, don’t let me stop you!

A closeup of a spoonful of tater tot poutine with cheese and green onion.

Want other delicious potato recipes?

Chicken Pot Potatoes (pictured below)

What do you get when you combine a baked potato with all the comfort and goodness of a chicken pot pie, but without all the work? Chicken Pot Pie Potatoes, that’s what!

A chicken pot potato in a small skillet with parsley and a slat and pepper shaker in the background.

Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (pictured below)

When you want to spice up your dinner options, but still want something healthy and quick, this recipe may be just the thing you’re looking for!

Tex-Mes Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with ground beef, cheddar cheese, and scallions with a lime.

Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes (pictured below)

It seems like everyone’s favorite side dish is always mashed potatoes. Not that traditional mashed potatoes needed help in the favorites category, but then again why not give them a little update? These Zippy Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes are EVERYTHING!

A white oval bowl filled with pimento cheese mashed potatoes with butter on top and Idaho potatoes and an orange napkin in the background.

Tater Tot Poutine (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Vertical Title Text Collage image of tater tot poutine with title text overlay graphic.

The easy instructions for making tater tot poutine:

  • Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
  • Heat an empty 8″ – 10″ cast-iron skillet for 10 minutes.
  • Brush the hot skillet with olive oil.
  • Immediately add the frozen tater tots in an even layer to the skillet (a casserole dish or sheet pan will also work).
  • Season the tater tots with salt and pepper.
  • Return the skillet to the 425-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove the tater tots from the oven and top them with the ham, gravy, and shredded cheese.
  • Return the tater tot poutine to the oven until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the oven and top immediately with chopped scallions.
  • Serve hot with sour cream (not pictured).
How to make tater tot poutine.
Vertical title text image of tater tot poutine in a purple skillet.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s smothered Tater Tot recipe. 

Overhead photo of a skillet filled with tater tot poutine.

Tater Tot Poutine

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Crispy tater tops are topped with gravy, melted cheese, ham, and scallions.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 139 kcal


  • 1 package frozen tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup gravy homemade or store-bought
  • 3 ounces chopped ham
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped scallions


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • If using a cast-iron skillet, heat skillet in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Brush the inside of the hot skillet (or the base of a baking sheet or casserole dish) with oil.
  • Add the frozen tater tots in an even layer to the pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove and top with the ham, gravy, and shredded cheeses.
  • Return to the oven until the cheeses have thoroughly melted.
  • Remove the poutine from the oven and top with the scallions.
  • Serve hot.


Serving: 1Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 435mg
Keyword tater tot poutine, tater tot recipe
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Recipe Rating

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Friday 26th of June 2020

Everyone at my house loved it! Tasted SO good!


Friday 26th of June 2020

Yummy! This looks so delicious and I can't wait to dive in! Can't wait to make this!

Skip Pereira

Sunday 27th of January 2019

really nice recipe but it really needs to be made with cheese curds to be a poutine....


Monday 28th of January 2019

Hello, Skip! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it! I do know that this isn't an authentic poutine recipe, which is why I referenced it in the title as "Kudos Kitchen Style." Next time I make poutine it will definitely have cheese curds! Have a wonderful day! Renee

Nutmeg Nanny

Monday 2nd of November 2015

I always wonder if I post about too many types of food but then I remember it's my blog and I like the way things look...haha. I say keep on doing what you're doing :) LIKE this awesome tater tot poutine. It looks amazing!

Renee Goerger

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Thanks Brandy. That seems to be the general consensus, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. After all, it's all about having fun, right?

Cathy Trochelman

Thursday 29th of October 2015

I love poutine and this version looks delicious! I struggle with the niche question all the time, but in reading through people's responses, I like the idea that a certain tone or feel is more important than a specific niche. Good luck figuring it out! :)

Renee Goerger

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

That's what I'm gathering too, Cathy. From what I've been seeing, people (thankfully) seem to be liking what I'm putting out. I'm grateful and excited to keep doing what I love. Thanks for taking the time to comment!