Layered, loaded tots are the best way to pre-game.
1 (32-oz.) package tater tots
8 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 c. Chopped chives
1 container sour cream
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 c. whole milk
1 2/3 c. sharp Cheddar
1/4 tsp. chili powder
Heat the grill to medium.
Spray two disposable pie plates with cooking spray and spread the tater tots in a single layer in each. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Set aside.
Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.
Make the cheese sauce: In a deep-walled sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour, whisking to combine to create a slurry. Gradually pour in milk, whisking the entire time, to form a thin sauce. Gradually stir in cheddar cheese and chili powder, mixing until everything has combined. Remove sauce from heat.
Layer tater tots into small bowls or wide-mouthed mason jars. Top with cheese sauce, bacon, sour cream, and chives. Repeat layers until you’ve reached the top of the containers.