Cincinnati Chili Totchos

Last week, while beautiful weather-wise, was crap. And our streak of good weather is over for a little while, as today, it’s been windy, chilly and damp. I gave Jay and the bambino a choice for dinner–Garlic-Lemon Pork Chops and rice (that’ll come later in the week) or Cincinnati Chili Totchos. Imagine my surprise when the bambino picked totchos!

Cincinnati Chili Totchos - TramplingroseTotchos are nachos but with tater tots as the base, rather than tortilla chips. These are somewhat like chili cheese fries, but with tots. Obviously.

Cincinnati Chili Totchos - TramplingroseThey are good, I will grant that. Then again, throw just about any form of potato underneath some Cincinnati chili and a giant pile of cheese, and I’ll eat it.

Cincinnati Chili Totchos - Tramplingrose

(And yes, even though the recipe says otherwise, I committed a huge sin, and I put cheddar-jack cheese on my totchos…It was the only full bag of cheese I had…The cheddar I’m saving for a regular bowl of Cinci chili!)

Plus, it helps curb the homesickness…Something I’ve been fighting again lately. Part of me would love to move back to Cincinnati in a heartbeat, but another part of me knows deep down, it’ll never truly be home again.

Yield: 4

Cincinnati Chili Totchos

Cincinnati Chili Totchos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 C Cincinnati-style chili, heated
  • 4 C tater tots
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese


  • 2 C kidney beans
  • 1 C diced white onions


Bake tater tots as directed on the package (usually for 20-25 minutes at either 425 or 450 degrees F). Reduce the heat to 350 degrees, once the tater tots are cooked and crisp.

Place 2 C of the tater tots in a baking dish. Top with one cup of the chili, and one cup of cheese. Repeat layers. If using, layer in 1 C of beans and 1/2 C of onions before the cheese.

Bake the totchos for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

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At least I can get a taste of home whenever I need it, even if I can’t go back home.