Totchos with a fried egg on top!

Snack, appetizer or meal? I’m not sure but I first had ‘totchos’ in Portland earlier this year and believe me they were memorable. Instead of tortilla chips, the tater tots serve as nacho chips…and usually topped with nacho cheese and other toppings, they are amazing.

I knew I had to make them at home and try them out…and right after my trip last week to Idaho (trip sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission) to visit potato farms and potato processing facilities…what better recipe to post than totchos? I’m definitely sharing more on what I learned on the trip in future posts…it was an amazing time!

First, make the pico de gallo. This is my no fuss way to make pico and we love it on top of tacos and with fajitas.

Heat your oil according to directions on your bag of frozen tater tots. I think it’s really important to have a thermometer when deep frying.

Fry those puppies (or tots) up and be patient. I used my slotted spoon to keep them moving around and from sticking to each other while frying.

Using a slotted spoon, add the tater tots to a baking sheet that’s lined with foiled and topped with paper towels – to soak up the oil.

And then eat them! Soooooo I have to give credit where credit is due, while I was frying the tater tots, Curtis looked at me and said why don’t you put a fried egg on top? Whatttttttt? was my reaction. He thought I was mad from my reaction but I just answered with “pure genius”. You’re a genius, honey!

The funny thing? He doesn’t like runny eggs but he knows how obsessed I am with putting eggs on ramen noodles and tons of other things. I wish I thought of this…

So there you have it…totchos with a fried egg on top (Curtis’ idea). The eggs make it heavenly…this is comfort food!!!

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Totchos Recipe

Yield: 2 (for a meal) or 4 (for an appetizer)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Popular in Pacific Northwest towns like Portland, Oregon, they are traditionally topped with nacho cheese. I loved creating this twist with pico de gallo, shredded cheddar cheese and a fried egg on top!


Pico de Gallo

1/2 of a large red onion, diced small

3-4 medium tomatoes, cored and seeded, diced small

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & cored, diced small (reserve the seeds)

1 1/2 limes, juiced


Tater Tots

1 pound frozen tater tots

vegetable oil for cooking

salt and pepper

Other toppings

sharp white cheddar, grated

3 green onions, sliced

2 eggs, fried

sour cream (optional)

guacamole (optional)


Pico de Gallo

Combine the diced onions, tomatoes, jalapenos (include seeds if you'd like) and lime juice into a medium-sized bowl. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate while preparing the tater tots and eggs.

Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil and covered in paper towels. Fry the tater tots according to instructions on the bag. The brand I used instructed to heat the vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Allow the tater tots to slightly cool and the oil to drain on the baking sheet. Top the tater tots with salt and pepper.

In a non-stick skillet, melt butter and fry two eggs sunny side up.

On two plates, add tater tots and top with cheddar cheese. Optional: melt cheese on top the tater tops in the oven on the baking sheet or in the microwave on microwave-safe plates. Top with pico de gallo and green onions and then the fried eggs. Serve with lime wedges and sour cream or guacamole. Warning: You'll need a fork for this dish!

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76 Responses to “Totchos with a fried egg on top!”

  1. 41
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — October 3, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    My jaw is seriously dropped. This is the most genius idea I have heard in a long time. Not only are they TOTchos but they have a fried egg?!?! Someone hold me.


  2. 42
    addie @ culicurious — October 4, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    Oh Julie this looks great!! :) We a restaurant in NOLA that does this dish too but it doesn’t look nearly as good as yours!


  3. 43
    Lolli @ Better in Bulk — October 4, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    This look surprisingly delicious! (great pictures, too!)


  4. 44
    Carlas Confections — October 4, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Looks amazing to me!!! Love this! And great thinking Curtis with the fried egg!!! 😀


  5. 45
    Emily — October 4, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    This seriously looks SO good to me!


  6. 46
    Koko @ Koko Likes — October 5, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    Indulgent!! YUMMMMM


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  9. 47
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 5, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Aaah, tater tots. I miss tater tots. I tried making them homemade, but they’re just not the same as the ones out of a bag! And this looks amazing. Totchos are completely new to me. Can’t wait to go back to the US and try them. :)


  10. 48
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 5, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Smart man you’ve got there, the fried egg on top is the perfect finish!


  11. 49
    Kiran @ — October 5, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    Oh my, it’s making me hungry! Love the added egg on top!


  12. 50
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 6, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    I’ve had something similar but never with the clever name “totchos” and never with a fried egg on top, that is brilliant! I think you should run for president! 😉


  13. 51
    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 6, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Want to come over and fry up some tots for me this morning??


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  15. 52
    Katie — October 8, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I am a sucker for most anything with tater tots – and those look awesome, egg and all!


  16. 53
    Jersey Girl Cooks — October 9, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Great idea! Definitely comfort brunch food!


  17. 54
    Samantha — October 9, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Tots!!!! with an egg! I am in love. For real.


  18. 55
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 9, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    I. Am. Drooling. And speechless. Tater tots as nachos? This is the best idea in the entire freakin’ world. And I LOVE that you topped it with a fried egg. I mean, heaven.


  19. 56
    Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired — October 9, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. I Pinned the recipe so I can make it this weekend.


  20. 57
    Kelly Senyei — October 9, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Such a cute idea, Julie! And the colors are striking!


  21. 58
    cheryl — October 10, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Would you share your ‘no-fuss way’ of making your Pico de Gallo, please? We’ve never found a recipe we really cared for, and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong??? Thanks so much…Cheryl


    • Julie Deily replied: October 10th, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

      Hi Cheryl, my recipe for pico de gallo is included in this recipe for totchos. Hope you enjoy it.


  22. 59
    Jen @ — October 11, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    This looks amazing. And what a brilliant idea Curtis had. I put eggs on everything. Had some edamame with an egg on top for dinner the other night.


  23. 60
    baker street — October 12, 2012 @ 5:01 am

    I’m up for anything with tots! and pairing it with an egg was a lovely idea.


  24. 61
    Stevie Z — October 13, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    There is a restaurant chain in Canada called Taco Time (think Taco Bell but with MUCH better food) that has been doing the Tater Tots-as-nachos idea for years and years. They taste SO amazing! I’m definitely going to try the eggs on top idea though – sounds like a great breakfast….


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  26. 62
    Aggie — October 16, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Holy cow how did I miss this?? I want a plate of these for lunch!


  27. 63
    Joanne @ Inspired Taste — October 18, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Yes, please! This is pretty much the best thing I’ve seen all day :)


  28. 64
    gina @ skinnytaste — October 18, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    This is such a fun idea, I bet you can bake the tots to make them lighter. Looks like awesome college food :)


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  33. 65
    Melissa — October 18, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    We made ours ultimate TOTchos by adding beans! So delish!


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