cheesy breakfast nacho tots

Cheesy Breakfast Nacho Tots

Today is the day.

A reckoning, if you will.

Not quite Armageddon (did anyone watch The Walking Dead season premiere? So glad they didn’t kill off Daryl!), but it is more of a crystal ball, “I see different kinds of tots in your future” kind of reckoning.

By the way, have any of you ever visited to psychic? Part of me really wants to go and find out if I will ever meet James Van Der Beek (post Dawson’s Creek of course). Seriously, have you seen that commercial? I pee my pants every time it comes on the tellie! But then the other part of me is scared to death because what if the psychic tells me I’ll have 4 sets of twins? Could you imagine?!! Kate Gosselin would look like a princess if they ever filmed my life!

cheesy breakfast nacho tots

Anyways, after making my sweet potato tater tots with sriracha aioli and apple tater tot crisp, the idea of a breakfast tot version started dancing around in my head.  Well, foodie folks, today is the day. I’ve looked deep into the crystal ball and saw my tot making future. It looks crispy, cheesy, and more golden than a King Midas touch.

cheesy breakfast nacho tots

This may be my favorite tot version yet. Bold, yes. True, you betcha.

Not only is it breakfast perfection with chicken chorizo and a perfectly cooked sunny-side up runny egg, but the thought to eat nachos for breakfast makes me James Van Der Beek giddy. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the day than with some baked, gooey cheese with jalapenos, black beans, and red onions nestled between perfectly cubed leftover fried mashed potatoes.

I mean, if the apocalypse were to go down and for some reason Daryl was a no show (God forbid!), I would want these tots to be my last meal. I see a new slogan in our future.

Tots, breakfast of zombie killer champions.

cheesy breakfast nacho tots

Cheesy Breakfast Nacho Tots

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 bag of your favorite frozen tater tots
1/2 lb ground chicken chorizo, sauteed
1 jalapeno, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 cup black beans, drained, rinsed
1 1/2 cups Monterrey jack shredded cheese
3 eggs, cooked sunny-side up


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place tater tots on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Then remove tots from oven and sprinkle 1 cup cheese on top. Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove tots again and top tater tots with chicken chorizo, red onion, black beans, and remaining cheese. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove tots and top with jalapeno slices and eggs. Serve immediately.

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43 Responses to “cheesy breakfast nacho tots”

  1. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 16, 2013 at 12:56

    I love the idea of nachos for breakfast!! This is something I’d love to see served for brunch at a restaurant… beautiful!

    • Lauren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 13:54

      Thanks, Ali! Nachos really need to become a breakfast staple!

  2. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — October 16, 2013 at 13:28

    Oh man! I will totally trade this for my shake right now!!

    • Lauren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 13:55

      Ha! Me too, Steph! This oatmeal smoothie ain’t cutting it.

  3. #
    Erika — October 16, 2013 at 13:44

    You are the tot queen lady.. Never thought to have them for breakfast. Now it’s all I can think about..

    • Lauren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 13:56

      Thanks, Erika! And your totcho libre comment made me giddy with joy! Capes for everyone!

  4. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 16, 2013 at 14:06

    Where is my plate?! OMG I need some!

    • Lauren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 14:23

      Dude, totally coming right up!

  5. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 16, 2013 at 15:18

    I’m on my way to Colorado for the tot party!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:57

      Sa-weet!! #totparty

  6. #
    Julia — October 16, 2013 at 15:18

    Oh TOTS! I love your love for tots! I love that you make breakfast out of tots…I love that I’m going to do some serious breakfast totting after feasting my eyeballs on this post. <3 <3 <3 !!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:48

      LOL!!! Thanks, Julia! Tots for everyone!

  7. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — October 16, 2013 at 16:15

    What a great breakfast!! This looks like a great way to serve weekend guest too.

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:47

      Definitely! So quick and easy. Plus, who would say no to a tot?

  8. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — October 16, 2013 at 17:24

    You = Amazing.

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:47

      Thank you, my dear!!

  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 16, 2013 at 17:52

    goodness gracious! i’m obsessed with tots and this is pretty much the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner i could ever ask for!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:45

      Julie, it’s probably my new favorite way to eat tots! BLD all in one!

  10. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 16, 2013 at 18:38

    It’s official….there is nothing you can’t do with tots!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:44

      Well, thank you! I do luvvvv me some tots!

  11. #
    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — October 16, 2013 at 20:02

    Oh my word, these are killer!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:43

      Thanks, Kristy!!

  12. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 16, 2013 at 23:21

    Tots rule. And fried eggs and YOU!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 00:43

      Right back at ya, Paula!

  13. #
    Tracey — October 17, 2013 at 01:30

    Tots for breakfast? Yes please!! I love this idea so much.

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 14:04

      Thanks, Tracey! Tots are always a win!

  14. #
    Tieghan — October 17, 2013 at 02:13

    You are tater tot crazed and I could not love it more! So awesome. I would gladly eat these for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner! I love me some tots!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 14:04

      Thanks, Tieghan! We need to have a tot party!

  15. #
    Des — October 17, 2013 at 04:39

    Wow. Just wow. I am loving all of these tot recipes but this one takes the cake. The sunny side up egg?! Have mercy.

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 14:05

      Thanks, Des! It’s definitely the new fav in our house!

  16. #
    Kathryn — October 17, 2013 at 07:39

    If I ever get a chance to actually eat tater tots, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do it without thinking of you!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 14:06

      Kathryn, you would love tater tots! Better than fries if you ask me!

  17. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — October 17, 2013 at 13:02

    Awww hell. Now I’m hungry, and I don’t even EAT breakfast! Girlfriend, if potatoes had their own fiefdom, you’d be the Tot Queen. Reign on!

    • Lauren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 14:22

      What?!! Jeanne, these tots will make you a breakfast eater, trust me! #tots4life

  18. #
    Joanne — October 18, 2013 at 00:59

    This is my hangover dream. All in one gorgeous pan.

    Well, my hangover dream might also include James van der Beek. And Joshua Jackson. And a Dawson’s reunion. YES.

  19. #
    Denise — October 18, 2013 at 15:10

    I really need to make these for Lenny. He hasn’t stopped talking about them, and even featured them in his video session last night!

  20. #
    Deborah — October 20, 2013 at 06:54

    Morning cannot come soon enough if these are involved!!

  21. #
    annie — October 28, 2013 at 18:46

    Hi! This is PERFECT for a brunch party that i am having this weekend!…Can i ask what brand of tater tots you used?

    • Lauren replied: — October 29th, 2013 @ 01:01

      Hi Annie! I definitely recommend using Alexia Foods. You can find them in most grocery stores:)

  22. #
    Sara @ Dear Skim — October 29, 2013 at 13:58

    Oh my goodness. Potatoes, cheese, eggs, and jalapenos. If that isn’t a perfect combination, then I don’t know what is. And some chorizo on top! Ah, bliss. I’m making this to celebrate my first weekend at my new apartment. Done.


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