Loaded Potato Dip — My favorite baked potato toppings, all loaded into this cheesy dip! This easy party dip is made with tater tots, sour cream, meatballs, and cheese!!
Easy, Cheesy Dip Recipe
The best part of a baked potato isn’t really the potato. It’s the sour cream and cheese that tops it.
This loaded potato dip is a bowl of everything fabulous that goes on top of baked potatoes, minus the baked potatoes.
It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it’s happy food. White carbs, cream, and cheese tend to have that effect and my family was oohing and ahhing about it. They’re huge potato fans of any kind, from tater tots to hash browns, and they loved the warm, soft tater tots.
Serve this comfort food extraordinaire with crackers, pita chips or pita bread, tortilla chips, dip tater tots into the tater tot dip, or just eat it with a spoon.
Puncturing the thick wall of browned cheese with a sharp cracker corner reveals a soft, creamy, rich potato-filled interior. It was so satisfying to finally bust through the cheese wall.
The last time I got this many oohs and ahhs I had to make a Snackadium. This is even easier than that and only takes five minutes to assemble. Perfect for parties, especially football parties, or as an easy appetizer to set out for gatherings.
Or if you’re a dipaholic like me, you can just call it dinner.
What’s in Loaded Potato Dip?
To make this tater tot dip, you’ll need:
- Frozen tater tots
- Meatballs (veggie or regular)
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese
- All-purpose seasoning blend
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Loaded Potato Dip
To make the dip, I used tater tots instead of potatoes. I have fond memories of the stubby little tots from elementary school lunches. I ate them slathered in ketchup and decades have gone by and I’ve had very few tater tots since sixth grade. I decided to make up for lost time.
Compared to baked potatoes, tater tots have that browned exterior and more texture, perfect for being incorporated into the dip and gives it some dimension.
Allow 3 cups of frozen tater tots to come to room temperature. I measure about 15 tater tots to 1 cup, so you’ll need about 45, give or take. Slice them in half, or place them all on a large cutting board and give the pile a rough chop.
Smaller pieces are preferred to large chunks but just don’t go too small and mince them. I imagine that about 2 heaping cups pre-cooked hash browns could also be used.
Place the chopped tots in a large mixing bowl, and add crumbled pre-cooked sausage or meatballs.
Add the sour cream. Stir in 1 cup of shredded cheese. A mixture of colby, jack, mozzerella, Moterrey Jack, vegan cheese, soy-cheese, or whatever your grocery store has on sale that week in a 2-cup packet will be just fine. 1 cup gets stirred in now, and the other cup will be sprinkled over the top before baking.
Season the mixture with your favorite seasoning blend such as Lowry’s, Trader Joe’s 21 Salute or a Mrs. Dash and stir. Optionally, stir in a bit of diced green onion or scallions, a pinch of garlic or onion powder; add a handful of corn or black beans, a dollop of salsa, or other things you enjoy on baked potatoes.
There’s no wrong way to load up this dip. If you really load it up, you may need to extend the baking time a bit.
Transfer the mixture into a sprayed 9-inch pie dish, oven-safe baking dish, or an 8- or 9-inch square pan will work. Top with the remaining one cup of shredded cheese and bake your loaded dip until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Can I Make This Dip in Advance?
Yes! The dip assembly literally takes five minutes, but if you’re making it for a party and have lots to do on the day-of, you can assemble it, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking it off.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Need to feed a crowd? You can double the ingredients list and bake this dip in a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Tips for Making Loaded Potato Dip
I used meatless gluten-free sausage, but precooked shredded chicken, (meatless) chicken nuggets, tofu, tempeh, bacon, or bacon bits will work.
If you don’t want to ruin your January resolutions, light, vegan sour cream, or soy-based are fine. Greek yogurt may also work, but I don’t top my baked potatoes with yogurt. I top them with sour cream, which is what I used.
You could also make the recipe as written and serve it as a casserole by the slice, but it’s pretty rich and filling. Plus, I am a huge dip fanatic and dipping crackers or bread into that bowl of creamy wonderland is more fun and satisfying than a slice of casserole.
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- 3 cups tater tots (about 45 whole tater tots), thawed and halved or roughly chopped
- 1 cup (meatless) meatballs, crumbled (try precooked shredded chicken, (meatless) chicken nuggets, tofu, tempeh, bacon, or bacon bits)
- 16-ounces sour cream (regular, light, vegan, or soy okay)
- 2 cups shredded cheese blend, divided (blend of colby, jack, mozzarella, Monterrey Jack, vegan, or soy-cheese)
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning blend, or to taste (Lowry’s, Trader Joe’s 21 Salute, Mrs. Dash, a pinch of garlic or onion powder)
- salt and pepper, optional and to taste
- Preheat oven to 375F and spray a 9-inch pie dish or similar oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- Slice thawed tater tots in half or place a large pile on cutting board and roughly chop them; retain some size and texture and don't chop them too small.
- Transfer tater tots to a large mixing bowl. Add the meat or protein option, sour cream, add 1 cup cheese, seasoning blend, salt, pepper, and stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is bubbly and golden browned. Serve immediately with crackers, bread, pita chips or pita bread, tortilla chips, dip tater tots into it, or just eat it with a spoon.
Storage: Store leftover dip in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. I recommend eating leftovers taco casserole-style by setting a piece on top of a mound of crackers or chips and microwaving for about 1 minute.
Recipe variation: Dip can also be made fresh and served like a casserole, but I prefer it as a dip.
Recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be kept vegan by using vegan meat, sour cream, and cheese.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
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