Tater Tot Nachos (Tatchos) with Kimchi Cheese Sauce


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Tater Tot Nachos (Tatchos) with Kimchi Cheese Sauce
Move over Idaho, The Mount Rushmore State could soon be building a monument to these delicious fried bites of potato. Skip to the tortilla chips the next time you’re craving cheese and try a plate of Totchos instead. Photo: © Kay Chun
Total Time:
20 mins


  • One 1-lb. package tater tots, cooked according to package instructions

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ cups chopped Napa cabbage kimchi

  • 6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 serrano chile peppers or jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Divide the cooked tater tots in 1 large or 4 small ovenproof baking dishes and arrange on a baking sheet.

  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add 1 cup of the kimchi and the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the kimchi is evenly coated in the flour, about 2 minutes. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt. Spoon the kimchi gravy over the tater tots, then top with the cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Top with the chile peppers and remaining ½ cup kimchi and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve hot.

Make Ahead

The kimchi gravy can be refrigerated overnight and reheated before using.

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