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Makeover Mexican-Style Loaded Baked Potatoes

Ever have one of those days when you look in the refrigerator and cupboards and see a bunch of ingredients but can’t decide what to make?? I have! (My husband usually walks by and says, “Why are you staring aimlessly into the refrigerator??”) This recipe is one that I often turn to on days like that.
It is easy and flexible. We have added black beans or chili beans, sprinkled in chili powder, used all salsa instead of half tomato sauce. . . Whatever sounds good to you (or whatever you have on hand!), try it! Plus, you can make the meat filling while the potatoes are baking and can have a hearty dinner on the table in no time!

Makeover Mexican-Style Loaded Baked Potatoes
Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed and pierced with a fork
  • 1/4 C plain Greek yogurt or reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1./4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 of a medium-sized onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12oz can no salt added kernel corn
  • 1 6oz can no salt added tomato sauce
  • 3/4 C salsa
  • shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Place potatoes in a shallow baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until skin is crispy and center is tender when pierced with a fork. Let stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out insides, leaving about 1/4 inch on the sides to support the skins. Reserve skins. Place the scooped out potato in a medium-sized bowl. Mash in 1/4 tsp salt, yogurt, and chives. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain off excess fat and rinse with hot water in colander. (See Healthy Habits: Blotting and Straining Ground Beef for a more in-depth description.)
  4. Return beef mixture to skillet. Stir in corn, tomato sauce, and salsa. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot and bubbly.
  5. Spoon beef mixture evenly into potato skins. Top each with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.


Sunday 1st of April 2012

Such a lovely idea...I bet these taste great.


Sunday 1st of April 2012

That's a great idea! I am going to have to try that!


Saturday 31st of March 2012

This is AWESOME! And I bet it would be great with baked sweet potatoes too! :D

Peter Block

Friday 30th of March 2012

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Sunday 1st of April 2012

Thank you so much for honoring me with this!

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Friday 30th of March 2012

Oh, my, these look so good. I love anything with the word mexican in it.