Mexi Tots and Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Remember Mexi Bites? Crispy little tater tot things, seasoned up and served at Taco Bell? Yep, I do! And I wanted some the other day, the only problem is Taco Bell quit making them! I knew I could make them too and I did!

Happy Kids!

I created the taste of Mexi Bites in a about 3 swift seconds and rounded out our meal in the process too. Have you ever heard kids cheering with their mouths full? These will make them cheer, guaranteed.

Sometimes I amaze myself when I pull off something like this, saving a meal from being lame and create something delicious at the same time. Just so we’re painfully clear sometimes I completely disappoint myself too, like when I tried to make pudding pops, or thought I should place a frozen homemade pizza on the oven rack, completely forgetting it was RAW dough.

Take your tater tots to the next level.

Mexi-Tots with Chipotle Dressing

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 TBSP taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 10 cups tater tots
  • 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers I use the kind straight out of the jar
  • 1 TBSP snipped cilantro
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP adobo sauce leave out if you don't LOVE spicy foods
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise divided

Instructions

  • pre-heat the oven
  • pour the taco seasoning, paprika and black pepper in a gallon bag, shake to combine
  • add the tater tots in a gallon plastic bag
  • close the bag and shake well to coat the tots
  • place the tots on a baking sheet in a single layer
  • bake 30 minutes or until crispy and crunchy but not burned
  • to make the Chipotle Dressing
  • whirl the peppers, adobo sauce, the roasted red peppers, cilantro and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth
  • add half the mayonnaise, whirl to combine
  • scrape into a bowl and stir the rest of the mayonnaise in until smooth