Pie Iron Cheesy Tots

cheesy tots baked in a pie iron

I’m not exactly sure why or when we started making these cheesy tots in the pie iron but even when we are grilling at home if I have the ingredients I want to add them to the meal. They are quick to prep and quick to cook so they make a quick addition to any meal. If you are looking for a side dish to go with your hot dogs and burgers that isn’t a bag of chips, you will definitely want to try our pie iron cheesy tots.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in a pie iron. These are sometimes called camp cookers, pudgy pies, or even hobo pies, but we use the term pie iron. Whatever you choose to call it, know that these trusty tools make extremely delicious food cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Pie Iron Cheesy Tots:

  • These cheesy potato bites are a delicious treat
  • They make a quick side dish
  • Who doesn’t love cheese on potatoes

The Ingredients:

  • Cooking Spray (don’t want those tots to stick to the iron!)
  • Tator Tots (potato goodness)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic powder (optional, but delicious)
  • Peppers and Onions (if you are in a hurry buy the prepared ones in the freezer section)
  • Shredded Cheese (we use a blend of cheeses for ours)
double pie iron sprayed with cooking spray
tator tots lined up in pie iron on grill
tator tots with peppers and onions in pie iron on grill

The Process:

  1. (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  2. Spray both sides of your pie iron with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange a layer of tator tots in the bottom of the pie iron. We can fit 27 tots in a double pie iron.
  4. Season tots with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then add peppers and onions. Close lid and cook for about 10 minutes, flipping midway.
cooked tator tots with peppers and onions in pie iron on grill
cheese covering cooked tator tots with peppers and onions in pie iron on a grill
finished cheesy tots in pie iron
  1. Add cheese and close lid. Place over fire again and cook for five more minutes, cheese side up, until cheese is melted.
  2. Slide onto plate and enjoy.

Equipment needed:

  • Pie iron(s): We have a double pie iron from Rome, a double from Field & Stream, two singles from Field & Stream, and two single Coghlan’s Camp Cookers. Pie irons also come in circles and waffle versions. We recommend a square or rectangle for this recipe. The Field & Stream are no longer available, but Rome makes a nice square as well.       
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

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Pie Iron Cheesy Tots

a quick side dish to enjoy with hot dogs or hamburgers on the grill
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, pie iron, potato, snack
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Pie Irons

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 100 tator tots thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 cup assorted bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  • (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  • Spray both sides of your pie iron with cooking spray.
  • Arrange a layer of tator tots in the bottom of the pie iron. We can fit 27 tots in a double pie iron.
  • Season tots with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then add peppers and onions. Close lid and cook for about 10 minutes, flipping midway.
  • Add cheese and close lid. Place over fire again and cook for five more minutes, cheese side up, until cheese is melted.
  • Slide onto plate and enjoy.

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