This Tater Tot waffle pizza is fun and easy to make. It’s also delicious, so it’s a winning treat for both kids and adults!
Tater Tot Pizza Crust for the Win
A few days ago, I had my granddaughters over for a few hours. I asked if they wanted pizza.
The younger one said she doesn’t like pizza crust (a recent development), but she likes the topping. So I asked if she still likes Tater Tots.
Her response? “Of course I do, Nana.”
That got me to thinking. I just happen to know some of their hot buttons in the kitchen.
Both granddaughters are foodies, so they are excited about new foods they’ve never tried.
So I asked if she’d like pizza on a Tater Tot crust. Since my granddaughters know I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, they both nodded.
Tater Tot pizzas didn’t originate in my kitchen, but they do hang out here now. In fact, they’ve become a favorite Tater Tot treat, along with my hamburger Tater Tot casserole.
It’s amazing how versatile Tater Tots are. They’re also inexpensive, so there’s very little risk in trying new things with them.
Tater Tot Waffle Pizzas Ingredients
You only need a few ingredients for basic Tater Tot waffle pizzas. I use Tater Tots, pizza sauce, and cheese.
This time, I also added pepperonis. I’ll probably try something different next time.
You can pretty much use whatever you would put on any pizza.
You can add mushrooms, diced peppers, olives, sausage, or whatever else you like. But this was a great one to start with because it’s such a traditional pizza topping.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Tater Tot Waffle Pizzas
These little treats are super easy to make, but you do have to be careful. If you’re not, they’ll fall apart. However, they’ll still taste good.
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. After you make the crust for the “pizza,” you’ll need to bake it in the oven with the toppings.
While the oven heats up, you’ll need to spray the waffle maker with nonstick spray and heat it up. Then place the Tater Tots close together on the bottom plate.
Next, press the lid down on the Tater Tots to flatten them. This also presses them together.
Let them cook until the exterior of the crust is crunchy. It took about 5 minutes to get to this point on my Dash mini waffle maker.
If you want a bigger “pizza,” use a standard size waffle maker.
After they’re done, carefully remove the Tater Tot crust and transfer it to a baking sheet. If it falls apart, you can piece it back together.
Remember that cheese makes a good glue, so you can wedge a few shreds of cheddar in there.
Add the pizza sauce. I like to use the back of a spoon to spread it out.
Then, sprinkle on some cheese. I like just a little bit, but you can use as much as you like.
Finally, top it with pepperoni or whatever else you want.
Pop the pan into the oven and bake it for 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on it the last couple of minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn.
When I made them with my granddaughters, the ones on the edge of the pan browned more quickly than the one in the middle.
Perfect for a Snack or Light Lunch
These are tasty treats for an afternoon snack or a light lunch. You can add a salad or fruit to complete the meal.
Although I call these little waffle pizzas, they’re difficult to eat with your hands. For that reason, we used forks.
This treat got a two thumbs-up from the granddaughter who currently doesn’t like traditional pizza crust. In fact, she said this is now her favorite.
Both of them wanted more, so we made another batch. That makes this nana smile because it makes me happy when they like the food we cook together.
There are so many fun snacks that kids enjoy helping to make. My granddaughters enjoy mac and cheese, so we sometimes make that.
They also love pimento cheese sandwiches, so I let them make their own. Somehow, that makes them taste even better.
After I made this homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, both of my granddaughters tasted it and said it was wonderful! I agree!
- 16 Tater Tots
- 4 tablespoons of pizza sauce
- 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 6 slices of pepperoni
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spray the top and bottom plates of a waffle maker and turn it on.
- After the waffle maker heats up, place half of the Tater Tots on the bottom plate.
- Lower the lid and press to flatten the Tater Tots. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the crust gets crisp.
- Carefully remove the crust and transfer it to the baking sheet.
- Spoon the pizza sauce over the Tater Tot crust.
- Sprinkle cheese over the sauce. Top it with pepperoni or whatever you prefer.
- Bake in the oven for 7 minutes.
- This recipe is for 2 small Tater Tot pizzas made in the Dash mini waffle maker.
- You may use whatever topping you like, such as sliced mushrooms, diced peppers, olives, or sausage.
- Keep an eye on the pizzas when they’re in the oven. Remove them early if you think they’re ready to eat.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 9mgSodium 552mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 5g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.