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Tater tots on platter with cashew queso and chili.
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Loaded tater tots with chili & cashew queso

Loaded tater tots are a real crowd pleaser. Topped with 3 bean chili and cashew queso, it's a treat for the senses. Whip up a batch for your next games night.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: comfort food, kid friendly
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make tater tots according to package directions, or air fry them.
    To air fry the tater tots, put a cup or two of tater tots into the air fryer. Set at 400 degrees and air fry for 6 to 10 minutes, stopping to shake a few times for even browning. If you're making the full amount of this recipe, you'll have to do a couple of separate batches, so that you don't overcrowd.
  • While the tater tots are cooking, make the cashew queso. Using a blender, blend raw cashews, water, half of a vegetable bouillon cube, nutritional yeast, white miso paste, cumin, ancho chili powder, and salt. Blend until totally smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.
  • Transfer the cashew mixture to a small pot. Bring the pot to a medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring for about 10 minutes. If it begins to simmer, lower the heat.
    Continue stirring and cooking until the cashew mixture has reduced and thickened, making a velvety smooth queso. You'll know it's done when it has reached the consistency of gravy. Remove from heat.
  • On a large platter or four personal-sized plates, put a layer of tater tots, a cup of chili per person, queso, and a sprinkling of sliced green onions. Serve right away.

Notes

*If you don't have a high speed blender, you'll need to soften the cashews before blending. You can do this one of three ways:
  1. Soak the cashews in water for several hours. Then drain and continue with the recipe. 
  2. Boil the raw cashews in a pot on the stove or in the microwave. Then drain and continue with the recipe.
  3. Grind the dry raw cashews in a coffee grinder until they have the texture of flour. Then add them to the blender with the other queso ingredients.
How to freeze
I don't recommend freezing this dish once it has been fully compiled. However, you can freeze the components separately.
Tater tots already come frozen. So it's just a matter of putting the queso & chili into freezer proof containers. Leave enough room on top for them to expand while freezing.
The chili & queso can be frozen for up to 6 months. Once you're ready to use them, move them to the refrigerator to thaw, or thaw in the microwave using the defrost function.
If the queso gets too thick because of the liquid cooking off fast, add an extra splash of water, and stir occasionally for even reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 787mg | Potassium: 1346mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 7mg