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Gluten-Free Tater Tot Chowder

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Mashup your potato soup recipe by adding everybody’s favorite…tater tots! Tater Tot Chowder is hearty, delicious, and will soon become a family favorite!

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I originally came up with this idea for tater tot chowder when looking for a way to use leftover tater tots.

The result was this hearty, delicious and comforting gluten-free chowder that I immediately knew I had to revise, rework, and share with you ASAP!

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The ingredient list for making tater tot chowder:

  • Frozen Tater Tots
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Idaho Potatoes
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Cream Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onion
Overhead shot of gluten-free tater tot chowder in a white bowl with a plaid charger.

Can leftover mashed potatoes and/or tater tots be used?

  • Yes. You can use leftovers of either of those things.
  • Two or more cups of leftover mashed potatoes are needed, and two or more cups of leftover tater tots.

Is there anything I can substitute for the bacon in this potato chowder?

  • Pancetta or diced salt pork will work.
  • Diced pepperoni will also work, but add it in right before serving as there is no need to cook it.
  • You can also leave the bacon out if desired. If you do, saute the vegetables in 2 tablespoons olive oil, or 2 tablespoons butter.
Gluten-Free Tater tot chowder in a white filigree bowl with a spoon and a green napkin.

The easy instructions for making tater tot chowder:

  • Cook tater tots according to package directions. Set aside.
  • Cook 4 medium baking potatoes and allow to cool.
  • Scoop out the center of the baked potatoes, discard the skins, and set the potatoes aside.
  • Dice carrots, celery, and onions.
  • Add the bacon to a large Dutch oven and saute over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add the diced carrots, celery and onions to the pot.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the cooked potatoes to the pot.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the cream cheese and Greek yogurt.
  • Add the cooked tater tots and stir well.
  • Stir in the vegetable stock.
  • Use a potato masher to break up the tater tots and larger baked potato chunks.
  • Simmer over low heat to thicken for 10-15 minutes.
  • Garnish with whole tater tots to finish along with chopped scallions and shredded cheddar cheese.
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Can gluten-free tater tot chowder be made in advance, and can it be frozen if needed?

  • Yes. and Yes!
  • If needed, make the chowder in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to reheat (for up to 3 days). Reheat, covered, over medium/low heat until hot, stirring frequently.
  • To freeze leftovers, spoon the chowder into freezer safe containers and store for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
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Gluten-Free Tater Tot Chowder

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Tater tot chowder is hearty and comforting. It’s the perfect thing for a cold winter family dinner.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Chowder, Main Course
Cuisine American Comfort Food
Servings 8
Calories 525 kcal


  • 1 bag tater tots cooked according to package directions
  • 4 medium Idaho potatoes baked, cooked, cooled, and scooped (discard skins)
  • 3/4 pound bacon cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 onion medium chopped
  • 3 large carrots medium chopped
  • 3 ribs celery medium chopped
  • 1 8-ounce cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese garnish
  • ½ cup chopped green onions garnish


  • After baking, keep half of the tater tots hot in a low oven.
  • Cook the bacon pieces in a large Dutch oven over medium/high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the chopped onion, carrot, and celery to the bacon, along with the salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the softened cream cheese and Greek yogurt to the pot. Stir well to combine. 
  • Add half of the cooked tater tots and all of the baked potato to the pot along with the vegetable stock. 
  • Bring the chowder to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes to thicken. *Note – if the chowder is too thick for your liking, add a touch of water to the pot and cook accordingly. 
  • If desired, use a potato masher to mash some of the tater tots and baked potato into smaller (but still chunky) pieces.
  • Spoon the chowder into bowls and garnish the remaining whole tater tots, green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


Serving: 1Calories: 525kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 13gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 1904mgPotassium: 1016mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4975IUVitamin C: 18.8mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg
Keyword potato soup, tater tot chowder
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Tater Tot Chowder in a white filigree bowl with green onions and cheddar cheese.

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Recipe Rating


Friday 25th of January 2019

Never thought of combiningtatertors with chowder, look great and feel so comforting!


Friday 25th of January 2019

It's a riff on potato soup. Thanks, Brandi!

Tayler Ross

Friday 25th of January 2019

You had me at tater tot! I mean, could there be a more delicious chowder recipe??


Friday 25th of January 2019

Glad you approve, Tayler! Thanks so much!