Healthy Meal Prep
Mapo Tofu Tots Recipe

Mapo Tofu Tots


What better way to dress up crispy baked tots than with some spicy, meaty mapo tofu made properly with ground pork, doubanjiang, and both whole and ground Sichuan peppercorns?


  • 1 ¼ pounds frozen bite-sized potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped red chile peppers, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tablespoons fermented bean paste (doubanjiang)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) container firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (260 degrees C). Arrange tots on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn tots over, then continue baking until crispy and hot, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, grind 1/2 of the peppercorns into a powder. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in remaining whole peppercorns; cook, stirring occasionally, until oil is infused, about 5 minutes. Remove and discard whole peppercorns.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir pork, onion, and 1 tablespoon chiles into the skillet. Cook, stirring to break up lumps, until pork is lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock, wine, bean paste, soy sauce, and ground peppercorns. Add tofu and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Stir cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Stir slowly into the tofu and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer tots to a serving platter and top with tofu mixture. Garnish with green onion and remaining red chile peppers.

Add comment

Nutritional Information

Mapo Tofu Tots

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 544.8
% Daily Value *
protein: 51 %
carbohydrates: 15 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 24 %
fat: 52 %
saturated fat: 37 %
cholesterol: 13 %
vitamin a iu: 3 %
niacin equivalents: 52 %
vitamin b6: 17 %
vitamin c: 13 %
folate: 6 %
calcium: 42 %
iron: 17 %
magnesium: 19 %
potassium: 21 %
sodium: 79 %
thiamin: 38 %
calories from fat:
percent of calories from carbs:
percent of calories from fat:
percent of calories from protein:
percent of calories from sat fat:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018,
ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved