How do you take sweet potato tots to the next level? Easy. You add bacon.
These smoky bacon sweet potato tots are made with crispy bacon, smoked paprika and black pepper, and two types of cheese for crunchy flavor bombs. They’re easy to make and have a great macronutrient balance. Read: you could eat the entire recipe for <700 calories!
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Tots
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- large sweet potato
- center cut bacon (or your choice of bacon)
- shredded parmesan and cheddar
- smoked paprika and black pepper
If you’ve tried my sweet potato hash browns, you’ll use the same food processor method for the base of your sweet potato tots. Except in this case, you’ll need to peel the potatoes before going in. I imagine the recipe works fine if you skip the peeling, but I haven’t tested it.
I’ll add a quick note here that you’ll want to be sure and get your sweet potato size/weight as close as possible for best results. Hopefully you have a food scale!
Aside from running the potatoes through a food processor, the only other “cooking” you’ll need to do is the bacon. Or if you wanted to take a short cut, use precooked bacon. You could even save a bit of fat by using precooked Al Fresco chicken bacon like I use in my sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli.
To form the sweet potato tots, I used a tablespoon just like my low carb cauliflower tots. This made 28 tots with my batch. You could easily double the recipe and bust out a second baking sheet to feed a crowd or freeze for later tots.
Later tots. I did that.
Ingredients for the Honey Dip
If I’m honest, I think straight honey on its own is the go-to dip for these. But if you want to beef it up and make your honey stretch a bit further since it’s pretty high in sugar and calories, here’s what you’ll need:
- vanilla fat free Greek yogurt
- ground cinnamon
Complex, I know. Just mix it up and get to dippin’.
Alternative sweet potato tot dipping sauce ideas:
- Maple mustard dipping sauce from What the Fork (could use a bit of light mayo or Greek yogurt combo to lighten it up)
- Cinnamon sugar dipping sauce from Tornadough Alli (light butter and Swerve brown to lighten this one up)
Final Notes for Sweet Potato Tots
If you don’t have a food processor handy for the sweet potatoes, a box grater will work fine. Use the second largest holes, if I had to take a guess.
Feel free to play around with the seasoning of your tots. The parmesan and bacon add plenty of saltiness, but you could add some sweetness or more heat if you like. Have fun and let me know what you think about this recipe!
Sweet Potato Tots
- 1 large Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped (350g after peeling)
- 4 slices Center Cut Bacon
- 2 Tbsp (14g) Shredded Parmesan
- 2 Tbsp (14g) Shredded Cheddar
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 Tbsp (28g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt, vanilla
- 1 Tbsp (21g) Honey
- 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Wash, peel, and chop the sweet potato into small pieces while the bacon cooks. Add the chopped potato to a food processor and pulse 10-15 times until no large chunks remain. (Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to empty the smaller pieces and add the large pieces back to avoid pulverizing the smaller pieces.)
- Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl with the spices.
- Drain the cooked bacon over a paper towel and add the sweet potatoes, bacon, and shredded cheeses. Stir well.
- Use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to create the tots. Pack each scoop completely full and wipe away the edges before transferring to the baking sheet. The recipe makes about 28 tots using a tablespoon.
- Bake the tots for 17-20 minutes or until they begin to brown slightly on the bottom and are crispy. Mix the honey dip ingredients together and serve warm.
- Each serving has 4 Smart Points.
- 1 serving = 7 tots without any dip
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 7 tots
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 9g
More Healthy Appetizers You Might Like
My baked buffalo chicken empanadas are highly customizable for all kinds of filling options. And if you wanted to keep the tater train rolling, my copycat Wingstop fries and Mexican seasoned air fryer potatoes are personal favorites. You can make them in an air fryer or oven.