Taco Baked Potatoes

Taco Baked PotatoesI love a baked potato every now and then, especially when eating a steak. I’m that basic I know, but they really do go hand in hand and there’s nothing better. They don’t even have to be fancy, a simple pat of butter and a dollop of sour cream will always do the trick. Yet, with that being said, I of course will never shun a fancied up baked potato either. Might I remind you of these Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potatoes or even these Breakfast Baked Potatoes? They’re out of this world. But I’m not here to talk about those recipes, I’m here to let you know that these Taco Baked Potatoes are everything you never knew you wanted or needed, for that matter. Give them on your next Taco Tuesday or this Sunday for the big game. 

Set a large skillet over medium-high heat with the oil. Once hot, add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until crispy and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

**Note: I’m using a ground sirloin (90/10) because I want this as lean as possible, but you can also make it with either ground turkey, chicken or even pork would be great too!**

Add in the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes longer. Season with the taco seasoning and a large pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

**Tip: You can use either store-bought taco seasoning mix (just look for one that is low in sodium) or you can easily make it from scratch if you have the spices at home. If you visit this Tacos Americanos post from a few years back, you can find the recipe for homemade taco seasoning there!**

Lastly, stir in the tomato paste and chicken stock (or water will work just fine as well). Cook over low heat, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and keep warm by covering with a lid. 

Let’s talk potatoes. Rinse four large Russet baking potatoes and poke a few holes all around each with a fork. Place directly on the middle oven rack and bake until the skins are crisp and the potatoes feel soft when you lightly press on them. You can test with a fork and if it goes in easily, they’re ready. It should take about 1 hour in a preheated 350°F oven. 

**Note: You can cook the potatoes first and make the beef filling when the potatoes are almost done! It’ll save some time and be just right if you plan it out.**

Once the potatoes are ready, carefully remove from the oven and while still warm, use a fork to poke  a zig-zagging line across the top of each potato. Then crack the spud open by gently squeezing the ends towards the center. It’ll pop open and fluff up.


Fill each potato with the seasoned beef and then top with either homemade or store-bought guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, diced onion, pickled jalapeños, cilantro and/or sour cream.

I know it seems like a lot of toppings, but they’re all my favorite taco fixin’s, which I think are necessary at all taco dinners, but with that being said you don’t have to use all of them. You can choose some or all. It’s up to you, which is the best part about this recipe. 

Whether you’re looking for that next new and exciting Taco Tuesday recipe or just in need of something hearty and delicious for the big game this coming weekend, these taco baked potatoes are the way to go. Give them a try and be sure to let me know what you think below. Cheers, friends!

Taco Baked Potatoes

These delicious Taco Baked Potatoes are filled with seasoned beef and topped with all of your favorite taco toppings. Perfect for dinner or the big game!
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 pickled Jalapeños drained
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse the potatoes and poke a few holes with a fork. Place directly on the middle oven rack and bake until the skins are crisp and the potatoes feel soft. You can test with a fork and if it goes in easily, they're ready. It should take about 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, set a large skillet over medium-high heat with the oil. Once hot, add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until crispy and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add in the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes longer. Season with the taco seasoning, a pinch of salt and pepper and stir in the tomato paste and chicken stock. Cook over low heat until the sauce has thickened.
  • Once the potatoes are ready, carefully remove from the oven and while still warm, use a fork to poke a zig-zagging line across the top of each potato. Then crack the spud open by gently squeezing the ends towards the center. It'll pop open and fluff up.
  • Fill each potato with the seasoned beef and then top with guacamole, salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeños, cilantro and/or sour cream. The toppings are up to you! Serve immediately and enjoy!
Author: The Candid Appetite

 

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