Tater Tot Poutine

Tater Tot Poutine

Tater Tot Poutine is a twist on a Canadian export that recently entered my consciousness. It’s traditionally fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. There are a million different twists – I’ve even had Thanksgiving poutine at a great local restaurant. Even though most of these are great ideas, the original formula still can’t be beat… except French fries can be a little more effort than one person wants to put in for a single serving on a weeknight. So, here we have a convenient and delicious tater tot poutine that comes together super fast and is easy on the wallet.

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While the tater tots are cooking, you have just enough time to bring together the gravy. We’ll rely on the old 70-cent package we’ve all had at our grandma’s house at some point. This is not a time to be a gravy snob. It’s delicious, and will compliment the cheese curds perfectly. The cheese curds, by the way, can be found in a small package in your grocery store’s specialty cheese section. They’re inexpensive and come in a variety of flavors. For the tater tot poutine, I went with the classic natural, but if you want to mix it up, the Cajun version would be a flavorful touch.

In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a plate of crispy potato goodness topped with creamy cheddar and blanketed in flavorful brown gravy. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a perfect way to treat yourself. No restaurant or air fryer required. I present to you…Tater Tot Poutine, Canadian Totchos, or Kentucky Poutine as I like to call it.

Tater tot poutine

Tater Tot Poutine

Air fryer tater tot poutine
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 2
Calories 800 kcal


  • Air fryer or oven
  • Stock pot


  • 1/2 bag Tater tots, or tater rounds/crowns I prefer tater rounds
  • 1 package Brown gravy
  • 5 oz Cheddar cheese curds


  • Preheat your air fryer, or oven to 400 degrees.
  • Use cooking spray on both trays, and add half a bag of tater tots.
  • Cook for 10 – 15 minutes (I went 15 minutes, but prefer extra crispy tots), flipping every 5 minutes. Prepare brown gravy in stock pot according to package instructions.
  • Combine tater tots, cheese curds, and then cover with brown gravy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


All air fryers cook at different speeds.  These recipes are meant to be a general guide.  Cooking times depend on various factors including thickness, cut, and type of meat used.  I use an Instant Pot Vortex Plus shelf air fryer.  If you’re using something different, especially a bucket type air fryer, I advise keeping an eye on food so it doesn’t under, or overcook. 


Calories: 800kcal
Keyword Air Fried, Air Fryer, Poutine, Tater Tot, Tater Tot Poutine
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