Tasty Tots (Popular Choice Award) USDA Recipe for Schools

Age Group: Ages 6-18
Serving Size: 50-100
A healthy, kid-friendly alternative to traditional ”fried” potatoes, Tasty Tots are made with sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans (chickpeas).
6 tots provides: ³⁄8 cup red/orange vegetable and ³⁄8 cup other vegetable.†
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  • Spread shredded sweet potatoes evenly on a sheet pan (18” x 26” x 1”) lightly coated with pan release spray.
    For 50 servings, use 2 pans.
    For 100 servings, use 4 pans.
  • Bake sweet potatoes until slightly tender. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
    Conventional oven: 350 °F for 20 minutes.
    Convection oven: 350 °F for 15 minutes.
  • Puree garbanzo beans, including the liquid, in a food processor to a smooth consistency. Yields:
    For 50 servings, about 3 qt 2½ cups (6 lb 12 oz).
    For 100 servings, about 7 qt 1 cup (13 lb 8 oz).
  • Combine sweet potatoes, pureed garbanzo beans, oil, salt, garlic, onions, pepper, onion powder, cinnamon, and flour. Mix well.
    Refrigerate at 40 °F for 40-50 minutes to make tots easier to form.
  • Using a No. 40 scoop, place mixture 1-inch apart on sheet pan (18” x 26” x 1”) lined with parchment paper and lightly coated with pan release spray.
    For 50 servings, use 4 pans. Make 300 tots.
    For 100 servings, use 8 pans. Make 600 tots.
  • Cover tots on sheet pan with layer of parchment paper then use a second sheet pan and lightly press to flatten tots.
  • Bake until light brown:
    Conventional oven: 400 °F for 12 minutes.
    Convection oven: 400 °F for 9 minutes.
    Critical Control Point: Heat to 135 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  • Critical Control Point: Hold at 135 °F or higher for hot service.
  • Serve 6 tots.


Nutrition Facts
Tasty Tots (Popular Choice Award) USDA Recipe for Schools
Amount Per Serving 6 tots
Calories 186.22 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.92g8%
Saturated Fat 0.41g3%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 381.06mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 31.66g11%
Dietary Fiber 5.54g23%
Protein 4.79g10%
Vitamin A 15408.01IU308%
Vitamin C 18.61mg23%
Calcium 55.16mg6%
Iron 1.52mg8%
*Marketing Guide
50 Servings:
Sweet potatoes: 19 lb 12 oz
Green onions: 7½ oz
100 Servings:
Sweet potatoes: 39 lb 8 oz
Green onions: 15 oz


†The legumes in this recipe contribute to the other vegetable subgroup and not the meat/meat alternate component since the beans are not visibly recognizable as legumes in the Tasty Tots recipe. This vegetable side dish with legumes is limited to the vegetable component because of its function as a vegetable in the meal.
FACT: Improving the nutrient content of the foods children eat by disguising nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits in the food is a great idea for people of all ages. However, it is not a menu planning principle that teaches and encourages children to recognize and choose a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables.
*See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredient is available.
Yield / Volume
50 Servings:
About 14 lb 10 oz
300 tots
100 Servings:
About 29 lb 4 oz
600 tots