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Buffalo Chicken Totchos

COOK TIME
40 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
6-8
RATE THIS RECIPE
(74)
Ed Anderson
COOK TIME
40 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
6-8
RATE THIS RECIPE
(74)

Ingredients

Mason Jar Ranch Dressing (makes about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, plus more for thinning
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
Blue Cheese Ranch
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • cups Mason Jar Ranch Dressing (recipe above) or bottled ranch dressing
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Totchos
  • 1 pound frozen tater tots
  • teaspoons chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ribs celery, thinly sliced, leaves reserved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • cups cayenne hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese

Chef notes

In case you haven't heard, totchos are a thing. Basically, you bake frozen tots, then use them to make any variety of "nachos" you happen to have a hankering for. This Buffalo chicken version is spicy, messy and marvelous! I recommend having a tall stack of napkins nearby. (And maybe don't eat these on a first date?)

Technique tip: Get the tots nice and crisp so they will be a good contrast to all the gooey things you top them with. Have lots of napkins nearby, this is messy and delicious!

Swap option: Make traditional totchos by topping the tots with cheddar cheese and cooked taco meat. Make pizza totchos by topping with marinara, mozzarella and pepperoni!

Preparation

For the mason jar ranch dressing:

In a 1-quart Mason jar, combine the buttermilk, whole milk, mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the hot sauce, vinegar, paprika, garlic, parsley, dill, oregano, salt and pepper. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, thinning with milk if needed to get it to really mix. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

For the blue cheese ranch:

In a bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-combined.

For the totchos:

1.

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

2.

Spread out the frozen tots on a sheet pan, then sprinkle on the chile powder and cumin. Toss the tots to coat them in the seasoning, then bake them until golden and crisp, 28 to 30 minutes.

3.

While the tots are baking, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, salt and pepper, and stir and cook until the chicken starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the celery, garlic and half the green onions and cook, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the hot sauce and stir to coat the chicken. Simmer for another minute, then remove from the heat.

4.

Remove the tots from the oven and set the oven to broil. Bunch the tots in a pile in the center of the sheet pan and sprinkle on half the pepper jack. Pile on the chicken then top with the other half of the cheese. Pop it under the broiler until the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

To serve:

Drizzle some of the Blue Cheese Ranch all over the top, then sprinkle on the celery leaves and the rest of the green onions. Serve with the rest of the Blue Cheese Ranch on the side.