Homemade Idaho® Potato Cheesy Potato Tots


  • 2 pounds Idaho® potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ cups cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (for dredging)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover fill with cold water until it covers the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil and cook for 7-8 minutes. The potatoes will just be partially cooked at this point. Drain the water and cool completely.
  2. Using a box grater, shred the potatoes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Form the potatoes into tots using a about a tablespoon of the mixture for each one. The mixture will be fairly sticky at this point. Form each tot and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Place the sheet in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the freezer and form the tots into a harder ball. Roll each tot in the all purpose flour and place it back on the parchment.
  7. In a large skillet, heat approximately 1 inch of vegetable oil to about 375° F
  8. Add the tots to the skillet, about 5-7 at a time and cook until evenly browned and crispy, about 4 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.


Time Saving Tip: The tots can be frozen for later use! Make a double batch and freeze them after Step 6. Then just throw them in the fryer whenever you want some fresh tots.

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Yield: 6 servings

Matt Weber
Food Blogger
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