Clam Chowder Tots

Clam Chowder Tots

Recipe Sponsored by Snow’s®

This time of year, I’m all about cozy tailgating food. We recently moved from Boston to Columbus, so cozy right now definitely means a taste of home!

Nothing says New England like Clam chowder, but how do you make it into a tailgating food? Put it on top of some tater tots! I wanted to use the newly relaunched Snow’s® Clam Chowder for this, because it has double the clams, fresh ingredients and great new retro-style packaging that leans into Snow’s® New England heritage.

Snow’s® line of products includes two Ready-to-Serve Clam Chowder flavors: New England style and Manhattan style. New England Style Clam Chowder also comes in a condensed flavor. In addition to clam chowder, Snow’s® has Condensed Corn Chowder, chopped and minced clams, and clam juice.

Potatoes are usually in chowder, so it’s obvious that these ingredients go together, but adding that crispy airy tater tot to balance with the creamy thick clam chowder feels at once familiar and new. The bit of bacon and scallion on top bring it all together to form one of the best tailgating dishes I’ve had in a long time!

I used Snow’s® Condensed Clam Chowder; they also have corn chowder which would be fun to try on tots too! I heated the chowder in the bacon fat to add a little bacony goodness.

I always suggest people make the tots on a higher oven setting than the packaging suggests and add a bit of salt and oil to them before baking.

Tots ready to be topped.

With that delicious chowder!

Then the bacon and scallions to finish it off.

Each can of Snow’s® Condensed Clam Chowder has 13 grams of protein, and no artificial colors or flavors, just real cream and fresh clams from the deep, cold, Atlantic waters.

Clam Chowder Tots

Tater tots topped with a creamy clam chowder, bacon, and scallions.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 32 ounce bag tater tots
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 can Snow’s® Condensed Clam Chowder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 scallion sliced


  • Serves 4 people as a hearty snack or appetizer
  • Preheat oven to 450. Spread the tots on a sheet tray and toss with some oil and salt. Cook about 25 minutes until crispy and cooked through.
  • Cook the bacon in a frying pan until crispy. Remove from pan, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Add the clam chowder to the pan along with the milk. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Heat about 2 minutes, and remove from heat.
  • Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  • Pile up the tater tots on a platter and pour the chowder on top.
  • Top with the bacon and scallions. Serve with forks!

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