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Taco Stuffed Potatoes

A family-friendly healthy dinner recipe is ready in about 30 minutes with these delicious Taco Stuffed Potatoes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Ground Beef Recipes, stuffed baked potatoes, Stuffed Potatoes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 448kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (or substitute with russet potatoes)
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef (or substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken)
  • 1 ounce packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh, frozen, or canned will all work
  • ½ cup fat free refried beans
  • ½ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sliced green onion, sliced olives, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced avocado, diced tomato

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Scrub the outside of the potatoes until they are clean, and prick each potato with a fork a few times to allow steam to escape during cooking.
  • Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave 2 at a time for approximately 5-10 minutes, or until tender. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, brown onion and beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain and return to skillet. Add the taco seasoning, corn, and refried beans to the meat mixture and stir to combine.
  • Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop the inside of the potato out of the peel, leaving a thin layer of potato inside. Set aside the flesh that you just removed and use it for a separate meal, if desired.
  • Spray the potato skins with cooking spray or rub with olive oil, place on the baking sheet, and bake for about 5-7 minutes (or until outsides are slightly crispy).
  • Remove potato skins from the oven and stuff with meat mixture. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top.
  • Turn oven to “broil.” Place the stuffed potatoes under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and potatoes are warmed through.
  • Garnish with toppings of choice!

Notes

Can I make Stuffed Potatoes ahead of time?
Yes! You can cook the potatoes and the filling in advance, stuff them at your convenience, and keep them covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to place them under the broiler.
Can Stuffed Potatoes be frozen?
Yes! You can assemble the stuffed potatoes and freeze them just before broiling, or you can freeze leftovers that have already been finished under the broiler.
To freeze: Cover potatoes with plastic wrap and place baking sheet in freezer, leaving several hours until potatoes are completely frozen. Remove potatoes from freezer and wrap each potato individually in plastic wrap or foil. Place wrapped potatoes into one or more Ziploc freezer bags. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.
How to reheat Stuffed Potatoes:
If you have time, thaw the potatoes in the oven overnight. Reheat in a 350 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes, or just until heated through.
To Reheat FROZEN stuffed potatoes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place potatoes on baking sheet and loosely cover with aluminum foil. Bake about 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or more until potatoes are hot.
What to serve with Stuffed Potatoes:
Since these easy and healthy stuffed potatoes have taco flavoring, I like to serve them with Mexican-inspired sides. Here are a few good options that go well with stuffed potatoes:
COOK'S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:
  • You can use either sweet potatoes or russet potatoes (or a combination of both) for this recipe.
  • This recipe calls for ground beef, but you can substitute with an equal amount of ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • The refried beans add flavor and nutrition to the dish, and also help to hold the filling together (which makes stuffing the potatoes easy). If you don't like refried beans, you can simply omit them -- but the dish will not be nearly as flavorful or easy to scoop.
  • I use a 1-ounce packet of reduced sodium taco seasoning for convenience, but you can substitute with an equal amount of your favorite homemade taco seasoning blend.

Nutrition

Serving: 2stuffed potato skins (¼ of the recipe) | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.6g | Protein: 31.9g | Fat: 13.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 1448mg | Fiber: 9.2g | Sugar: 3.4g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 33.8mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 4.3mg