Sonic Chili Cheese Tots
A Healthy And Economic Twist
Of A Restaurant Remake Recipe

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.....every Sunday during school year, we must take our son to Chinese school.  My American husband insists that is the best way to keep our little one to be aware of his heritage.

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots

Total Time:
32-33 Minutes
Prep Time
: 2-3 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 30 Minutes  
Serving: 4-6

Well, for a school age kid, he thinks going to Chinese school on Sundays is annoying, boring and disgusting.  You name it.  He used it all to describe how "terrible" this school life is to him.

In order to encourage him to pay attention at Chinese school, I try to think of a place to go to after school on a weekly basis.  Since school time takes up almost half of our day already, I always prefer a quick stop that we can get in and out in 10 minutes.  This will allow us to eat in the car and get back home early enough to relax.

It could be a coffee shop, fast food shop, cafe, ice-cream stand and many more.  It is just a little motivation to give him that little push.

I also take this advantage to try out different things and not to add more unnecessary calories on top of my diet. (Well, it may not work out all the time.  But I try.)

So, this recipe was inspired by one of these little trips after Sunday Chinese school.


As you know deep-fried food is very common when it comes to fast food shops and restaurants.  Instead, I will use the oven and go by the longest recommended cooking time to get the crispness.

With the quantity of this Sonic Chili Cheese Tots recipe, you can easily serve this for breakfast or dinner.  It is very filling.  Then, wash it down with either Denny's Mango Smoothie or Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie.

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots A Healthy And Economic Twist Of A Restaurant Remake Recipe

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots Recipe and Instructions

2 lbs Frozen Potato Tots
1-1.5 Lbs 85% Lean Ground Beef
1 pack Chili Mix (mild)
1 can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 can Water (use the Tomato Sauce can for measurement)
2 Cups Pre-shredded Yellow Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Sugar
No-Stick Cooking Spray

  1. Preheat oven at 450F or according to frozen potato tots package directions
  2. Coat no-stick cooking spray on a 13" x 9" baking dish
  3. Single layer potato tots in the baking dish (line it up as tightly as you can get.  Because they will shrink once they are cooked)
  4. Baked in the oven with the longest recommended time as package directions (this will guarantee the crispness even after the chili and cheese are added on top)
  5. While waiting, brown beef at high heat in a big skillet
  6. Use spatula to break up the meat as small as you can
  7. Add chili mix, tomato sauce and water (use can for measuring water)
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes at medium heat
  9. Add salt, black pepper and sugar to taste
  10. Pour chili on top of potato tots evenly and cover with cheddar cheese
  11. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese melted and serve immediately

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots Steps with Photos

Sonic Chili Cheese Tots - Single layer potato tots on a baking sheet and squeeze in as many as you canSingle layer potato tots on a baking sheet and squeeze in as many as you can
Sonic Chili Cheese Tots - Add chili on top of baked potato totsAdd chili on top of baked potato tots
Sonic Chili Cheese Tots - Top it with shredded cheese and bake until meltyTop it with shredded cheese and bake until melty
Sonic Chili Cheese Tots - Hmmm....better than buying it from the food chain, right?Hmmm....better than buying it from the food chain, right?
Sonic Chili Cheese Tots - Doesn't it look good?Doesn't it look good?

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