Brussel Sprouts and Tots with Sweet Chili Sauce

Brussel Sprouts and Tater Tots

Crispy tater tots and charred brussel sprouts all tossed in a sweet and spicy chili sauce! The combo of flavors and textures in this dish are amazing! This could be a perfect side dish for a weeknight dinner or even a friendsgiving – it’s that good! The sauce brings it all together and the charred brussel sprouts are a perfect bitter balance to the tater tots.

The idea for this recipe

Even though brussel sprouts seem to be a year round thing now that they are so popular, they seem to taste much better in the fall. Georgina and I recently had a version at a restaurant that had a spicy sweet sauce, and I wanted to recreate a version of that at home, but at the last minute I decided to toss in some tots! A lot of people ask me if I ever get sick of tots after writing the whole cookbook on them, but the answer is a definite no.

Making the sweet chili sauce

The sauce is a little bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and mustard, with a lot of sambol and honey. Literally just stir it together and set aside until you are ready to serve.

the sweet chili sauce

Cooking the brussel sprouts and tots

Preheat a heavy bottom pan with some oil. Char the brussel sprouts in the pan, then add the cooked tots to finish. When I am eating brussel sprouts, I am all about that char!

brussel sprouts and tater tots in a pan

Serving the brussel sprouts and tater tots

Pour the tots and brussel sprouts onto a plate. Then pour on the sauce! Serve with forks! Or a serving spoon of course.

brussel sprouts and tater tots with sweet chili sauce

The is such a great combo and would be so tasty as a side dish or an appetizer for your next tailgate!

brussel sprouts and tater tots with sweet chili sauce

Twists on the brussel sprouts and tots

You could serve the tots tossed with any veggie you like. I think squash would be good in this. You could also use a different sauce. Some creamy horseradish would be good!

If you love tots like me, check out my lobster tots, mapo tofu tots, or these spicy pickle deviled tots!

Brussel Sprouts with Tater Tots and Sweet Chili Sauce

Charred brussel sprouts piled up with tater tots and smothered with a spicy sweet chili sauce.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Spicy, Tots
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 399kcal



  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sambol
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated


  • about 4 cups of frozen tots like 35
  • about 4 cups of trimmed and halved brussel sprouts


  • Mix all the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup and stir to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 425. Add the tots to a baking sheet and toss with some oil. Spread evenly on the sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until browned nicely.
  • Preheat a large frying pan with a good amount of oil. Add in the brussel sprouts and cook to brown on all sides, tossing and flipping to make sure they cook and brown evenly. Season heavily with salt and pepper.
  • When they are just about done (very brown and still firm in the center ) add the tots and continue to toss, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour onto a serving plate and drizzle on about half the sauce. Serve with more sauce on the side.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

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