Trash Totting

A lazy day dealing with lectures, watching the shop, and writing documentation.

It is funny how a slow day can be filled with personal projects and the “Honey-Do” list, personal projects like preparing for my next certification exam, or sorting out how a “Home improvement” company managed to honk up installing new windows, or even doing the basic research on a solar panel project.

No, matter what I’m doing, I need to eat, and today I’m in the mood for trash. So in specific trash fries, but lacking the fries and the patience to go full ninja on a small bag of potatoes, I’ll reach into the freezer and pull out a bag of frozen potato nuggets. These are good by themselves but even better with a condiment.

Poking around in the fridge, I find ketchup, but that is sooo pedestrian. Perhaps, some of my chili and Szechuan oils mixed into a base of hoisin sauce, along with the required garlic and ginger paste. That should add a bit of a kick to this snack. I might swap out the hoisin for gochujang or mix 1/2 and 1/2.

I could even cook the tots, sauce them, put them in my cast iron baker, top them with cheese, and then bake / broil to melt the cheese, but no, too much time; I’m hungry now.

From Wikipedia:

Tater tots are grated potatoes formed into small cylinders and deep-fried, often served as a side dish. The name “tater tot” is a registered trademark of the American frozen food company Ore-Ida, but is often used as a generic term. “Tater” is short for potato.

BBQ Tots

Quick and Dirty Snack, Tasty, Crispy, with an Asian flair
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 702 kcal


  • 1 bag Frozen Tater Tots
  • 3/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chili Crisp To taste
  • 1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Szechuan Pepper Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Stock Chicken or Veggie
  • 2 tbsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste



  • Prepare Tots as per package direction(s)


  • Add hoisin, chile sauce, pepper oil, rice vinegar, stock, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, salt & pepper to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a slight simmer and stir until thickened; about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Taste, Season and Balance Flavor


  • Once the tots are cooked, remove from oven and place into a large bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the tots and gently toss
  • Garnish as desired, and serve


A quick and dirty snack for a lazy day.
One can mix up the sauce, maybe go with a western bbq sauce, or smother the tots with chili, onions, and cheese and bake once more to melt the cheese.


Calories: 702kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 7gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1921mgPotassium: 666mgFiber: 7gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Air Fry, Potato, Sauce
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  Filed under: Air Fry, American, Asian, Baked, Pub Food, Quick, Sauce, Side Dish

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