Slideshow: The Food Lab: Homemade Tater Tots, Sweet Potater Tots, Twice Baked Potater Tots, And More!

Pepperoni Pizza Tots
Pepperoni Pizza Tots
To the basic Tater Tots recipe, add a tablespoon of minced fresh oregano, 2 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese, and 2 ounces of finely chopped pepperoni. Fry as directed.
Pepperoni Pizza Tots, the Cross-Section
Pepperoni Pizza Tots, the Cross-Section
Chorizo-Tots
Chorizo-Tots
Add 3 ounces of finely diced Spanish-style dry-cured Chorizo. Serve dusted with smoked paprika, a lemon wedge, and mayonnaise, preferably homemade. These were probably my favorite variation.
Twice Baked Potater Tots
Twice Baked Potater Tots
Add 6 slices of cooked, finely crumbled bacon and 2 ounces of grated cheddar cheese to the basic Tot recipe. Serve with sour cream and chives (or scallions).
Gooey Center
Gooey Center
If all goes well, the cheese should get nice and gooey in the center of the Tots.
Spicy Breakfast Tots
Spicy Breakfast Tots
Add a couple ounces of finely chopped cooked breakfast sausage along with 1/4 to 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed). I like these with a bit of maple syrup drizzled on top.