Sloppy Tots

These Sloppy Joe Tater Tots aka Sloppy Tots are such an easy dinner idea! Customize with your favorite toppings and sauces. Great with ground turkey or chicken too!

Sloppy Tots on a white plate with a bowl of tomatoes in the background.

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Sloppy Tots on a fork sitting on a white plate.

This recipe was photographed and updated 6/2024.

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Shopping list:

  • your favorite sloppy joe meat (we use mom's sloppy joes)
  • tater tots
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • red onion

Sloppy Tots have been a favorite at our house for years! It's an easy and affordable meal, and everyone can pick their own toppings or sauces depending on what they love!

Use your favorite sloppy joe recipe, grab a bag of tater tots or tater rounds and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes! It's super kid friendly and it's great for lunch or dinner any day of the week. It's also an easy party food! Keep your sloppy joe meat in a slow cooker, put your toppings in bowls and bake sheet pans of tater tots in the oven.

We've also prepped our sloppy joe meat on a Sunday evening, and when someone needs lunch or dinner, they can throw some tater tots in the air fryer, heat the sloppy joe meat, and have an individual meal in minutes!

We love using ground beef for easy meals at our house! These Ground Beef and Bean Tostadas or these Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps are always favorites!

Keep scrolling for the full printable recipe 💙

Sloppy Tots on a white plate with a fork on the side.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef
  • use baked potatoes or french fries instead of tater tots
  • use any shredded cheese instead of cheddar (pepper jack is great)
  • add your favorite sauce
  • use spinach instead of lettuce
  • use green onion instead of red

Recipe tips:

  • The air fryer is our favorite way to make tater tots. We usually season them with seasoned salt for this recipe. We prefer Tater Rounds instead of tots.

Sloppy Tots on a white plate with a gray background.
Yield 6 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
25 Min

Sloppy Tots


  • 1 pound sloppy joe meat
  • 1 - 30 ounce bag tater tots
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced red onion


  1. Prepare the tater tots according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your sloppy joe meat.
  3. Place tater tots on a plate. Top with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onion.

Nutrition Facts




26.67 g

Sat. Fat

8.36 g


24.34 g


2.43 g

Net carbs

19.37 g


1.43 g


24.79 g


1192.78 mg


76.63 mg

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  1. This is such a great recipe, Sheena! How did I never think to put sloppy joe's and tater tot casserole together? Brilliant! You should come link it up at Saturday Night Fever :D

  2. love this new to me and makes the whole family happy
    come see what I shared at

  3. I love these kinds of recipes! =)
    I pinned to save!

  4. I love this idea!! Sound great! Would love for you to come over and share at The Happiness is Homemade Link Party

  5. This is a great idea. My friend was just diagnosed with gluten allergy, and she loves sloppy joe's. This is perfect. Thank you.

  6. Sheena, I was totally gonna feature your Butterscotch coffee cake for Weekend Potluck on Friday, then I saw these tots. I think they would be a fantastic featured recipe that folks would love. Thanks for always sharing and linking up! ~Brandie :)

  7. Hey pretty lady - something is up with your print option button. Just wanted to give you a heads up since folks had mentioned it :)

  8. Oh Sheena..I'm flipping out over this simple recipe. What a fabulous that makes me wonder...WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?? :-) Thanks kindly for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Tickled to see Brandie featured it! YES!!!


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