Are Tater Tots Gluten Free?

Tater tots are always a favorite! But Are Tater Tots Gluten Free? Here’s all you need to know about this snack staple.

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Are Tater Tots Gluten Free?

The answer to the question, are tater tots gluten free? is, as is true with many items, “it depends.” Tater tots are not made with gluten, but not all brands are certified gluten-free, meaning that they aren’t entirely safe for those with celiac. If you have gluten sensitivity but are not diagnosed as being gluten intolerant, you may be fine with brands that are not certified gluten-free because the ingredients in tater tots are all gluten-free.

The main issue to pay attention to when choosing tater tots, or any food, is that of cross-contamination. The labels you’re looking for are “certified gluten-free” or “gluten-free.” Certified gluten-free foods contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten per FDA regulations. If a product is identified simply as gluten-free it means that it’s naturally gluten-free or doesn’t have any gluten-containing ingredients and so it can carry this label.

So in theory, yes, tater tots are gluten-free! You’ll just need to read the packaging on whatever brand of tater tots you choose to make sure it fits your needs. And if you order tater tots at a restaurant you’ll want to ask if they contain gluten and if they’re cooked separately from foods that contain gluten. Otherwise, you may wish to skip them because they may have encountered some cross-contamination.

You can always refer to my post on how to read ingredient labels to help guide you whenever you go to the store.

What Are Tater Tots?

Tater tots are made from grated potatoes (“taters”) that are formed into small cylinders (“tots”) and then deep-fried. You will find them in bags in the frozen food section. They can be cooked in the air fryer, on the stove, in the oven, or used in other dishes. Tater tots are a great, easy side dish or snack.

What Are Tater Tots Made Of?

Tater tots in their purest form as made with shredded potatoes and salt. Of course, store-bought brands often contain a few more ingredients, such as preservatives, to keep them fresh. Here is a list of the ingredients in the Ore Ida brand of tater tots:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable oil blend (including soybean and cottonseed)
  • Salt
  • Yellow corn flour
  • Dextrose
  • Sodium acid pyrophosphate
  • Dehydrated onion
  • Sodium acid sulfate
  • Natural flavor
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Gluten Free Tater Tot Brands

While many brands of tater tots don’t contain gluten, if you’re looking for certified gluten-free tater tots you’ll want to scan the labels carefully. Here is some more information about specific tater tots brands:

Are Ore Ida tater tots gluten free?

Ore Ida brands are labeled certified gluten-free, so this brand is a safe bet! All of the tater tots varieties the company makes are gluten-free.

Are Sonic Tater Tots gluten free?

Sonic’s tater tots, according to their allergen guide, are at risk of cross-contamination for allergens during the cooking process. If you really want to order Sonic tater tots it’s worth asking if they are cooked separately from other gluten-containing foods in the deep fryer before proceeding.

Are frozen tater tots gluten free?

In general, frozen tater tots do not have any gluten-containing ingredients. But because they are not all labeled as being certified gluten-free, there’s a risk of cross-contamination or slight traces of wheat in the tater tots. Ore Ida brand does label their tater tots as being gluten-free so they are a good choice if you’re very sensitive to gluten or have celiac.

Are Great Value tater tots gluten free?

Great Value brand tater tots do not show any gluten-containing ingredients on their ingredients list. However, the bag contains a disclaimer that the tater tots may contain traces of milk, eggs, and wheat. If you are very sensitive, you may wish to stay away from this brand.

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Gluten Free Tater Tot Recipes To Try

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Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie

Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food with a twist! This is an easy and cheesy ground beef casserole made from a savory beef and vegetable filling baked beneath a layer of crispy tater tots and melty cheese.
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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

A mash-up of two comfort food favorites, sloppy joes, and crispy tater tots! This Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is deliciously savory and cheesy, and so easy to make. A perfect weeknight family dinner!
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Air Fryer Tater Tots

These Air Fryer Tater Tots are the perfect, crisp, bite-sized snack or versatile side dish that will be popular with everyone! This is the best and easiest way to make frozen tater tots. Serve them with homemade dips, burgers, or just lightly dusted with salt.
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