Try this super simple loaded baked potato bar for a fun family dinner tonight. Filling, fresh, and yummy– add any toppings your family loves!
This is one of those dinner ideas to have up your sleeve for busy weeknights. It’s an easy, quick prep, kid-approved meal that gets everyone excited.
Why? Everybody gets to choose their own toppings. It’s completely customizable for even the pickiest of eaters. Which means
less no whining at the dinner table. Yes!
And any way you dress the potato, it’s delicious. Russet potatoes are so versatile. They can go Southwest, with taco-inspired toppings.
Or extra-hearty with a good dollop of chili and tortilla chips.
Or classic for the traditional palettes. That’s my favorite.
Tip! Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for an extra boost of protein.
We love potatoes in our house because they taste great with every type of cuisine. In fact, they’re a key staple in cuisines all around the world. Makes sense to me, since they compliment any flavors you add to them.
I rely on potatoes every week for creating simple meals that everybody loves. They’re base ingredient for so many dishes. It’s convenient to keep some in my pantry to bake, boil, or even fry.
To prep for our loaded baked potato bar, I stocked up on some of our favorite toppings. If you can’t get to the store, you could totally use any veggies, sauces, or other ingredients you have in the fridge. Add whichever toppings your family likes!
We like a bit of Mexican flavor with our potatoes, so I served fresh pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and our favorite guacamole. I was able to bake the potatoes ahead of time, and the kids absolutely loved adding their favorite toppings to their potatoes.
- 4 potatoes, baked
- 1/2 cup sour cream, or try plain Greek yogurt for a protein boost
- 1/2 cup pico de gallo
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup chili beans
- 1 cup tortilla chips, slightly broken into small pieces
- 1/3 cup bacon bits
- 1/2 cup guacamole
- 2 chopped green onions , optional, for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, clean potatoes and poke with a fork to release steam while baking.
- Bake potatoes until soft when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour.
- Allow potatoes to slightly cool, cut off tops, and add desired ingredients.
- Add cheese, chili, and tortilla chips OR guacamole, sour cream, and salsa OR classic with cheese and bacon bits.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330
Filling, fresh, and yummy! This loaded baked potato bar was a hit in my house, and I’m sure your family will love it too!
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