Pepperoni Pizza Totchos

Pepperoni Pizza Totchos are the ultimate party food! All you need is a few ingredients and 20 minutes until this fun appetizer is ready!

Fun appetizers like these pizza totchos are always a hit for parties. Fun, delicious AND easy? Well now that’s a party food home run. Also be sure to check out our new Bang Bang Chicken Sliders and this BBQ Chicken Pizza, that we think tastes even better than CPK, in our opinion.

Pizza Totochos in a skillet with checkered napkin

Pepperoni Pizza Totchos Recipe

So what the heck are totchos??? Totchos is a combination on the words “Nachos” and “Tater Tots”. So you could say tater tot nachos or totchos. We like saying totchos just because it sounds like more fun. These Pepperoni Pizza Totchos are our take on this fun appetizer recipe, but you could add SO many different ingredients…the list is pretty endless.

How Do You Make Totchos?

Start off by grabbing your favorite bag of frozen tater tots at the grocery store. You can use regular sized tater tots or the mini version, either one will work. Cook the tater tots according to the package directions to get them really crispy before adding any topping.

That is the one tip I have to making these Pepperoni Pizza Totchos, start with really crispy tater tots as they will lose a it of crispiness when you add the toppings on top.

When the tots are crispy, add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and mini pepperoni. Bake until the cheese is melted and these totchos are done.

recipe for making totchos, AKA tater tot nachos

You can see here that we started off with crispy, baked tater tots before adding our pizza toppings. I even bake the tater tots a little more that the instructions say, we’re talking extra crispy here guys.

When you first serve these Pepperoni Pizza Tatchos the toppings will be perfectly gooey and cheesy on top of those crispy tots, so you do need to serve this dish immediately after i comes out of the oven. After it sits, the tater tots will get a little soggy on you but I haven’t seen anyone that cares all that much.

Pile on all your favorite pizza toppings when your making these fun Pepperoni Pizza Totchos! before going into the oven

Can You Reheat Totchos?

As we’ve said about the crispy versus soggy tater tots, the short answer is yes. Because we would hate for you to throw any of these cheesy, delicious totchos away, if you actually have any left.

Use a spatula to place any leftover totchos into a container or on a plate to go into the fridge. That way you still have a layer of tater tots as your base. Then when it’s time to reheat, use a spatula to place the leftover totchos on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray and place in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Your totchos will crisp back up on the bottom and the toppings will melt again so you can have yourself another party.

Tater tot nachos in a skillet after baking

What Are Some Other Totcho Ideas?

Besides adding all sorts of different pizza toppings, you can make lots of different totcho recipes, too! Totchos are also a perfect way to use up leftovers, like some of the recipes that we’ve highlighted below!

Pepperoni Pizza Totchos being served with a spoon

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Tater tot nachos in a skillet after baking

Pepperoni Pizza Totchos

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Pepperoni Pizza Totchos are the ultimate party food! Bake and place the skillet right on the table for serving and let everyone dig in!



  • 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup pepperoni minis (can also substitute regular sized pepperoni)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the tater tots according to the package directions (even a few minutes extra for crispiness) and then transfer to an oven proof skillet.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Once the oven is preheated, add the pizza sauce to the top of the tater tots, followed by the mozzarella cheese and the pepperoni. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  4. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


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