Are you looking to jazz up your favorite crispy potato tater tots? While tater tots may be considered a childish cafeteria food, with a few genius ideas they can be transformed to serve to a grown-up audience (while also satisfying your inner child).

And of course, when you think tater tots can’t get any bette,r may I remind you they are the perfect vessel for cheese? Here are some crispy, gooey, cheesy recipes to change how you think about tots.

1. Tater Tot & Bacon Grilled Cheese in a Waffle Iron

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Photo by Arden Sarner

Four words: tots, bacon, jalapeños, and cheese. Stick all that in a waffle iron and you’re golden. Literally.

If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can also use a panini press and still get a masterpiece. Also add anything you like, whether that be bacon and jalapeños, different cheeses, ham, tomato, the possibilities are endless.

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Photo by Allison Martin

2. Cheesy Bacon, Sausage and Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

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Photo by Tiare Brown

This recipe reminds me of the casserole my mom always makes on Christmas, but with two addictive additions: tots and bacon. If you want a runnier, gooey bake follow these instructions for the recipe.

If you prefer a more set egg, I suggest baking the casserole without the tots for the first 20 minutes and then add them on for the last 15 minutes.

3. Tater Tot Nachos

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Photo by Allison Martin

Tater tot nachos. Genius. Why not combine two of America’s favorite foods? Add whatever toppings you want. I added cheddar, jalapeños, shallots, corn salsa, grilled chicken, and cilantro. Super yummy.

4. Buffalo Tater Tot Bake

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Photo by Divneet Dhillon

I love buffalo chicken. Substitute chicken for tots and add cheese and you have an amazing dish for a football game or when that spicy craving comes along. If you’re not into blue cheese, add goat cheese or feta to give a similar tang.

5. Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip

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Photo courtesy of Fat Feed Food

Another cheesy dip for game day (or any day).

6. Cheesy Garlic Tater Tot Bake

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Photo courtesy of Ethan Calabrese on delish.com

This is like garlic bread for tater tots. Heaven. If you, like me, don’t have a Bundt pan lying around, use a muffin tin and get cute little servings that are just as delicious (just start checking them at 20 minutes) or use a loaf pan.

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Photo by Allison Martin

7. Jalapeño Popper Tater Tot Casserole

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Photo courtesy of premeditatedleftovers.com

A new twist on the classic jalapeño popper. Cheesy, spicy, and overall divine.

8. Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

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Photo courtesy of madewithhappy.com

They’re like a potato skin, but on a skewer. That’s fancy.

9. Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

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Photo courtesy of damndelicious.net

And finally we have my personal favorite, sure to please everyone: bacon-wrapped tots. Go forth and enjoy, my fellow tot lovers.