Our high school cafeteria days may be a mere memory, but there’s one item on the menu that will stick with us for life: tater tots. Each recipe in this collection of 15 potato puffs improves upon any we enjoyed back in the day. You’ll find a handful of homemade versions, plus totally rad ways to transform the frozen kind into something way special. Trust us, each is perfect for feeding your inner Napoleon Dynamite. Get ready for some serious carb loading ahead!


1. Homemade Tater Tots With Spicy Mayo: Featuring the flavors of a loaded baked potato, these tots don’t even need the spicy mayo served alongside. But we wouldn’t exactly say no to it either… (via Cooking and Beer)


2. Asian Barbecue Sticky Tater Tots: Leave the ketchup behind and try these sauce-tossed tots instead. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)


3. Trashed-Up Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza: We’re kicking ourselves for not thinking of this tater-tot-topped pizza first. A cross between ‘za and nachos with a splash of beer thrown in for good measure, it has late-night eats written all over it. (via The Beeroness)


4. Cheesy Jalapeño-Bacon Dip With Tater Tot Crust: Have you met our date to the next Super Bowl party we’re invited to? We don’t really want to share this dip with anyone else. (via Life’s Ambrosia)


5. Cauliflower Tots: Oh cauliflower, you sure do know how to balance out our carb-loading tendencies. (via Kirbie Cravings)


6. Mashed Potato Tater Tots: Transform leftover taters into an even more tasty treat with these cheesy bites. (via The Chic Site)


7. Tater Tot Waffle Grilled Cheese: Waffled grilled cheese meets crispy hash browns in this doubly enjoyable hack. (via Trillist)


8. Sweet Potato Tots With Dill Dust: A sprinkle of dill-enhanced Kosher salt adds just enough seasoning to these five-ingredient nibbles. (via Eat Like No One Else)


9. Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos): Topped with cheese sauce, salsa, chorizo and pickled jalapeños, these totchos can stand in for the usual nachos any day. (via Serious Eats)


10. Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs: Bacon sure does make everything better. Also, we’re pretty sure these bombs have all the food groups necessary for our diet. (via Damn Delicious)


11. Totchos Supreme Burger: We suspect this overloaded burger might require a knife and fork to eat. Whatever it takes, go for it. (via Half Baked Harvest)


12. Breakfast Pizza: Talk about an awesome meal to wake up to (especially if you’re a bit hungover). (via The Chic Site)


13. Colcannon Tots: The addition of kale to the mix means these Irish-inspired tots are healthy, right? Regardless, it adds a bit of balance before the cheddar-beer dip comes into play. (via Young Austinian)


14. Green Onion and Cheddar Tater Tots: For a totally classic tater tot experience, simply omit the green onions and cheddar. (via Vanilla Lemonade)


15. Pepperoni Pizza Tater Tots: Dotted with pepperoni, these paleo-friendly tots are improved only by serving them with a bowlful of marinara sauce for dipping. (via A Girl Worth Saving)

Who else needs a tater tot fix right about now? Let’s talk tots below.