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Sweet Potato Tots are crispy on the outside and soft inside with just a hint of sweetness. This comfort food makes a tasty appetizer or snack that’s also versatile and reasonably healthy. Your family and friends will keep coming back for more!

Sweet potato fritters on a serving plate

Making sweet potato tater tots should be in everyone’s culinary repertoire. They make a fabulous vegetarian snack or party appetizer. And you can also use up any leftover sweet potatoes you may have on hand.

Unlike sweet potato fritters where the potatoes are grated and pan fried, these tots are mashed into balls and deep fried. They’re softer and easy to dip into chipotle mayo or your favorite dipping sauce!


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make them:

  • Sweet potatoes: Any kind of sweet potato will do, and you can also use yams as a substitute.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour helps to control the moisture content so the inside is soft.
  • Egg: This is the binding agent to hold everything together.
  • Seasonings: We’ve used salt, paprika and garlic powder but you can adjust or replace as you like.
  • Vegetable oil: For deep frying.

Sweet Potato Tater tots with a sprinkling of sea salt

How to Make Sweet Potato Tots

Start by bringing a medium pot of water to a boil. Peel a large sweet potato and cut into 1-inch cubes. Put them in the boiling water to cook for 15 minutes until soft. Then remove using a slotted spoon and mash in a bowl with flour, egg and seasonings.

Next, deep fry them in batches at 375oF for 3-4 minutes until crispy on the outside before removing to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top and serve warm!

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Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet Potato Tots are crispy on the outside and soft inside with a hint of sweetness. These snacks are pure comfort food that's tasty, reasonably healthy and versatile.
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 6 oz sweet potato, 1 large or 2 medium
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 quart oil, for frying


  • Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Set aside a paper towel lined plate.
  • Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  • Add the sweet potato chunks to the boiling water for 15 minutes. Then remove to a medium bowl using a slotted spoon and mash into a puree. Set aside.
  • Mix in the egg. Then mix in the flour, salt, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Add 2-3 inches of oil to a medium saucepan or deep fryer and heat to 375°F. Carefully add several spoonfuls of batter one-by-one to the hot oil, cooking for 3 minutes until crispy. Remove to a plate using a slotted spoon.
  • Repeat for the remaining batter, cooking in batches of 4-6 tots at a time. Garnish with sea salt and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Recipe Yield: About 16 tots.
  • Make Ahead: These tots will become soggy in the refrigerator, but they freeze well for up to 3 months in a resealable plastic bag.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Tots
Amount Per Serving (2 tots)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 177mg7%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2450IU49%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato tater tots, sweet potato tots
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