Tater Tot Nachos

DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe

A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) easy recipe for families living well with Type 1 Diabetes.

Tater Tot Nachos

Yum it up for Dad this Father's Day!

This recipe may seem like it’s na-cho ordinary diabetes-friendly recipe, but kids with #T1D can eat the same things as their peers, we just need to count the carbs (and perhaps fat) and cover them with enough insulin at the right time! These Tater Tot Nachos are a quick, easy-to-make twist on conventional nachos (kids will have fun helping!) and are fully customizable to include your family’s favourite toppings. They hit the spot for a busy weekday supper, for a football game snack, or to treat dad to more than just a cheesy joke on Father’s Day.

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Low-Carb? No
Gluten-free? Yes
Dairy-free? No
Nut-free? Yes

Active Time: 15 min
Cook: 25-30 min
Ready in: 45 min

Total Yield: One 1-kg tray of nachos
Carb Content: 30g per 200-gram serving size

Note that high fat food can lead to high blood sugar later that is resistant to correction – you may need to cover the fat content in this dish with extra insulin, especially if you do not regularly eat foods high in fat. For more information on this, check out How Fat Affects Blood Glucose?


  • 1 (800g) bag Tater Tots [I used McCain’s Tasti-Taters: 144g carbs; 75g fat]
  • 3/4 c (90g) grated cheese [I used Superstore’s No Name shredded cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese blend: 3g carbs; 27g fat]
  • sprinkle of finely chopped onions [I used red and green onions: 2g carbs; 0g fat]
  • 1/3 cup (40g) crumbled bacon [I used Hormel Real Bacon, Crumbled: 0g carbs; 8g fat]
  • 1/4 cup (50g) chopped pepperoni  [I used Freybe Honey Garlic Pepperoni Sticks: 2g carbs; 15g fat]
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered [2g carbs; 0g fat]
  • 1/2 cup (30g) chopped sweet red peppers [2g carbs; 0g fat]

Optional: Any other topping that your family enjoys on nachos! Like...

    • sliced black olives
    • corn
    • black beans
    • avocado chunks
    • seasoned ground beef
    • shredded chicken
    • shredded lettuce
    • crumbled tofu
    • jalapeños
    • chopped fresh cilantro
    • sour cream
    • guacamole
    • salsa
    • pico de gallo



In a single layer on a sheet pan, bake the Tater Tots according to package directions.


Once they are browned, leave them in the same pan and sprinkle cheese evenly on top, followed by onions, bacon and pepperoni.


Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling.


Remove the pan from oven. Immediately sprinkle the peppers and tomatoes evenly on top.


Pile it onto Dad’s plate and... enjoy!


Total carbs: 155g
Total fat: 125g

Total yield: 1030g weight

Carb Factor: 0.15

To calculate the total grams of carbs in in your individual serving size, multiply this carb factor by the weight (in grams) of the serving size you dish up. For example, a serving that weighs 200g would have 200 x 0.15 = 30g of carbs.

Fat Factor: 0.12

To calculate the total grams of fat in in your individual serving size, multiply this fat factor by the weight (in grams) of the serving size you dish up. For example, a serving that weighs 200g would have 200 x 0.12 = 24g of fat.

Should I Give Insulin to Cover the Fat???

What is a Carb Factor? How Do I Use It?

By Cup or By Weight?

Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting! Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose - Please verify your carb and fat content when you make your own version of this recipe.