Buffalo tots are my life.  Spicy potatoes in any form are my whole life.  These particular nuggets of heaven just do so many things for me; there’s no way I could picture my life without them.  

There’s a place in Kansas City that serves buffalo tots for happy hour (and all hours, really), and it has been my number one happy hour destination since 2009.  Do you ever imagine yourself in your happy place?  Mine is at this bar, with notebooks in front of me, making lists of things I’ll probably never do, and having a couple of local beers while eating buffalo tots. *lofty fat kid dreams*

buffalo tots

Therefore, these things are what my dreams are made of.  I hope you’re ready to run a few extra miles at the gym tonight, because buffalo tots are sooooo worth it.

buffalo tater tots

Buffalo tots start with a basic butter and hot sauce combination, warmed enough so it’s easier to toss with the tots.  Be sure your tots are nice and crispy, and feel free to add a pinch of salt and pepper to them before tossing if you like.  Once you remove them from the oven, gently place them into your small sauté pan with the buffalo and butter sauce.  Toss gently, and use a pair of tongs if you need to flip over individual tots that are being stubborn.

buffalo tots

Next, plate them and pour on the creamy ranch sauce, (I prefer my own that you can find in my creamy ranch slaw post).  If you would like to add blue cheese crumbles to your creamy ranch sauce, I would highly recommend doing so!  Then, top your buffalo tots with bacon and green onion.  I went with only green onion in the photo below … the above photos with the white plates have bacon on the too, which is what the happy hour tots always come with. [and yes, I’ve made these a few times :)]

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However, those tots come with blue cheese sauce.  Like thick, creamy blue cheese sauce that barely tastes like blue cheese, but more like a creamy cheese sauce from the gods.  Seems like there may be a future project coming on.

I hope you enjoy!

[my additional tips!]:

Actual Prep / cook time:  20 minutes

Clean-up difficulty:  2

Overall difficulty to make:  1

Overall satisfaction:  9

Price range?  This dish is under $2 for two to four people.

What I would change next time?  Nothing!

For your own version, I recommend:.

  • Use your favorite hot sauce
  • Use any toppings that you prefer!

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buffalo tots
Serves 2
Crunchy tots tossed in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with bacon, green onion, and blue cheese or ranch.
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 25 frozen tots
  2. 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. hot sauce (I used Frank's wing sauce)
  4. 1 slice crumbled bacon (optional)
  5. 2 Tbsp. chopped green onion (optional)
  6. 3 Tbsp. creamy ranch
for creamy ranch
  1. 1/8 cup sour cream
  2. 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1/8 cup buttermilk
  4. 1/4 Tbsp. ranch seasoning
  5. *add in blue cheese crumbles if you like!*
  1. Bake 25 frozen tots (two servings) as directed. (About 18 minutes)
  2. Melt the butter over low heat in a small sauté pan. Add the hot sauce and combine with the butter.
  3. Toss the cooked tots in with the hot sauce mixture, and move them around so they each are coated evenly.
  4. Serve hot, and top with ranch, blue cheese, green onion, and bacon! Or a combination of any of those options.
  1. This serves two servings per the tots nutrition information. Of course, I could easily eat this in one sitting. However, it's best to share! Just double the amounts if you need!
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