Buffalo Tater Tots with Blue Cheese Aioli

Buffalo Tater Tots are the quintessential appetizer or snack for just about any day, but especially game day! This version consists of spicy buffalo chicken wing sauce, crispy baked tater tots and served with a sassy garlic and Blue cheese dipping sauce!

You’ll love this gluten-free, vegetarian appetizer and it only takes a few minute to put together! Just a few simple ingredients, a quick pop in the oven and you’re ready to say “Game On!”

Buffalo Tater Tots with a side of Blue Cheese Aioli on turquoise plate.

You’ll love these

These game day appetizers usually fly off the plate, so you’ll probably want to double this zesty tater tot recipe. I make these the old fashioned way in the oven because my air fryer isn’t big enough to make a double batch at once.

  • If you like buffalo chicken wings, you’ll love these – same great flavor but with no meat or gluten
  • Easy to make – use frozen tater tots or tater crowns and a few seasonings
  • These crispy potato rounds are easy on the waistline because they’re baked and not fried
  • Serve them with the blue cheese dip in the recipe or with your favorite “ranch” style dressing.
  • These are not the “loaded tater tots” like they have at Disney™ -these are an adult version of Friar Hooks™’ with a little less fat and not nearly as messy.

Here’s what you’ll need

You’ll need to place a baking or cooling rack on your baking pan. This prevents the sauce-coated tater tots from sticking and helps them to get nice and crispy all the way around. Everyone loves a crispy golden brown potato popper!

  • Frozen tater tots
  • Buffalo wing sauce – Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce is good
  • Mayonnaise (I forgot to include it in the picture below)
  • Dijon mustard – course ground (stone ground)
  • Boursin garlic herb cheese
  • Blue cheese crumbles- or Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • Creole seasoning – I use Tony Chachere’s but you can use any Cajun or Creole seasoning like “Slap Yo Mama”, etc.
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh parsley – for garnish

How to make Buffalo Tater Tots

Lightly coat the frozen tater tots with Frank’s™ Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce and bake on a wire rack at 450°F for about 20-25 minutes or until the tater tots are crispy and golden brown. While the buffalo style tater tots are baking, whip together the Blue Cheese Aioli in a food processor and enjoy!

How to make the dipping sauce

Blue cheese and buffalo chicken wings go together so well, I thought I’d incorporate a little blue cheese dip for this crispy tater tot appetizer. Combine mayonnaise, Boursin cheese, Blue cheese crumbles, Dijon mustard, olive oil and parsley in food processor. Pulse till smooth and serve.

What is Aioli?

Without boring you with technical culinary jargon, let’s just say, for simplicity’s sake it’s a garlic mayonnaise. This recipe incorporates Boursin™ Garlic and Herb cheese, which is a Gournay cheese…(basically, a soft cheese like cream cheese) and Blue cheese crumbles.

The combination of Blue cheese with the Garlic/Herb cheese is delicious with the Buffalo tater tots!

Recipe Tips

Do not thaw tater tots before baking. For crisp tater tots, place a baking or cooling rack on your baking pan; this allows the tater tots to get crisp all the way around

Storage and reheating

If you have any leftover Buffalo tater tots, put them in an airtight container or plastic bag and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you bake the Buffalo tater tots ahead of time, reheat them in a 300°F oven until they’re warm.  (For best results, do not wrap them in foil.) You can make the Blue Cheese Aioli sauce 2-3 days in advance. 


Close up of Buffalo Tater Tots with a side of Blue Cheese Aioli.

I like to serve these Buffalo Tater Tots with Sloppy Joe’s, Hot Pastrami Sandwich or a big old Philly Cheesesteak! They’re also a great side dish with Chili or soup!

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Buffalo tater tots on turquoise platter.

Buffalo Tater Tots with Blue Cheese Aioli

Crispy Buffalo flavored tater tots baked and served with a creamy garlic and Blue cheese dipping sauce.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6
Author: Anecia Hero


  • Food Processor
  • Baking sheet, foil and a baking or cooling rack


Buffalo Tater Tots

  • 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 3 ounces Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce (3 ounces is 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

Blue Cheese Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese (this is about half of a five ounce pkg. of Boursin)
  • 5 ounces Blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon Country Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • Line baking pan with foil and place baking rack on pan
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Buffalo wing sauce and Creole seasoning
    3 ounces Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • Pour frozen tater tots in a large bowl; drizzle the Buffalo sauce mixture over the tots and toss, coating well
    32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • Place tater tots in a a single layer on the baking rack and cook on the middle oven shelf for 20-25 minutes
  • In a food processor, pulse mayonnaise, Boursin cheese, blue cheese crumbles, mustard and parsley until smooth; while the food processor is on, drizzle in the olive oil
    1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese, 5 ounces Blue cheese crumbles, 1 teaspoon Country Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • Place in dipping bowl and enjoy!


Don't thaw the tater tots before you bake them
Boursin cheese: this is usually in the refrigerated section of the deli with specialty meats and cheeses. I bought a 5 ounce package and cut it in half - this equates to about 1/4 cup
Blue cheese: if you can't find blue cheese crumbles, get Gorgonzola
Parsley: chop some of the fresh parsley very finely, then measure out 1 tablespoon
The software I use to calculate nutrition doesn't have the ability to separate the tater tots from the blue cheese dip; so the nutrition is based on 32 ounces of baked tater tots and 1 cup of blue cheese aioli. It is highly unlikely one person would eat all this, so..keep that in mind:)

Nutrition Estimate

Serving: 1cupCalories: 3903kcalCarbohydrates: 237gProtein: 55gFat: 311gSaturated Fat: 83gPolyunsaturated Fat: 121gMonounsaturated Fat: 89gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 10317mgPotassium: 2881mgFiber: 18gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3048IUVitamin C: 75mgCalcium: 936mgIron: 6mg
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