Loaded Potato Skins

This is a terrible name for these.  I know this.  Very generic.  I’m open to other names 🙂

I did get inspired by Skinnytaste, I love her website as I am an avid points/calorie counter.  Down about 15 lbs. so far and still working on it.  I try to keep things low carb and healthy, but even the best laid food decisions sometimes succumb to something tasty.  This fulfills two things: carbs and health with a big serving of veggies.

If you stay away from carbs, I would recommend taking out the beans and even stuffing a sweet potato skin instead of a potato.  Most health fanatics regard sweet potatoes as ‘good food.’ As with all of my recipes: modify to your taste.

You’ll need:

6 russet or other good sized potatoes, cooked, halved, and cleaned out with 1/2 inch lip around them

  • 1 lb. hamburger, ground turkey, ground chicken, etc… (your choice)
  • 1/2 C. onion, chopped fine
  • 2 t. garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 T. olive oil (for pan)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can beans (again, your choice: black, northern, kidney) drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 C. corn
  • 2 t. chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • misto w/ olive oil (optional)

Optional:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream

Take empty potato skins and place them on a cookie sheet. Spray w/ misto and salt/pepper.  Bake @ 400 degrees for 10 min. to dry them out a bit and start to crust them on the edges.  Remove from oven.

While cooking potato skins, brown meat with onions, garlic, and salt/pepper in pan on stove.  When the meat is browned, add can of diced tomatoes, drained beans, and taco seasoning packet. Season to your taste.  Like it hotter?  Hot taco seasoning, chili or red pepper might be nice.  Simmer approximately 10-15 minutes until reduced and seasoning marries with ingredients.

When pan is done simmering, turn off heat, remove pan, and add corn and cilantro. Mix together.

Add filling to each potato.  They will each take about 1/4 c. depending on how big the potatoes are.

Top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted, around 5 min.

Top with sour cream and voila!

*disclaimer* until I get famous (hardee-har-har), I have a day job and have to do that job during the natural light hours. AKA: the best hours to shoot photos.  My apologies for not having the best quality photos.  Photoshop helps, although you can’t beat that natural, beautiful light….I can dream of my blogging idols……:)

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