10 Best Smothered Baked Potato Recipes

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Load It Up

Baked potatoes aren't just a side dish. Once you smother them with any number of delicious toppings, they take the starring role in dinner. Plus, they're easy, cheap, and full of nutrients, whether you use a good old russet or a sweet potato

If you need a reminder on how to bake a potato, start by pricking holes all over a potato with a fork. Rub with some neutral oil, then sprinkle generously with salt. Bake in a 450-degree oven for about an hour for a nice, crispy skin. (You can also pop them in your air fryer or microwave, but the good old oven gets the best results.) Then just smother them with any of these filling, comforting toppings.

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1. Spinach and Artichoke Dip Baked Potatoes

A quick, creamy spinach and artichoke dip flavored with shallots, garlic, and plenty of cheese tops these potatoes. If you're pressed for time, you can easily heat up some of your favorite store-bought dip and load it up.

Recipe: Serious Eats

Related: Old-Fashioned Dips That Are Surprisingly Delicious

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2. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

What's stopping you from piling your favorite taco ingredients into a baked sweet potato? Nothing! This recipe includes the classic seasoned ground beef, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, but anything goes in a taco.

Recipe: Belle of the Kitchen

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

3. BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes

Using shredded grocery store rotisserie chicken means there's not a lot of hands-on time to this recipe. Mix it with your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, melt some cheese on top and you're done.

Recipe: Delish

Baked Potato Topped with Chili, Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream
hot baked sweet potato stuffed with yellow, red pepper, chicken

5. Steak Fajita Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Swap tortillas for potatoes for a heartier fajita meal. Flank steak is a great cut of beef to use, but chicken is also delicious. The smoky avocado chipotle crema complements sweet potatoes well.

Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest

Related: Delicious and Inexpensive Mexican Dishes

Paleo diet: loaded sweet potato with baked chicken breast

6. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

This recipe called for cooked chicken, so it's a great time to use up some leftovers or a Costco $5 rotisserie chicken. Otherwise, it's made with pantry staples — at least if your family is obsessed with buffalo wing sauce. Top them with ranch or bleu cheese.

Recipe: Gimme Delicious

Black bean avocado corn stuffed sweet potatoes

7. Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This vegan recipe tops a roasted sweet potato with a quick, fresh black bean salsa that's packed with protein and fresh flavors. Simple guacamole and a plant-based sour cream made with lime juice finishes it off.

Recipe: Two Spoons

freshly Baked hot Potatoes loaded with crispy fried Bacon, pulled chicken breast and melted cheddar cheese

8. Loaded Steak Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Ever have leftover steak or prime rib that you don't know what to do with? These loaded baked potatoes are your answer. Garlic butter is the secret to making it amazing, but the bacon, sour cream, and cheese don't hurt either.

Recipe: Easy Family Recipes

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Cheese and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

10. Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Making your own cheese sauce from scratch really takes broccoli cheese-stuffed baked potatoes to another level. They're messy, gooey, and irresistible. Cheddar is the classic cheese here, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand, or even throw in some leftover ham.

Recipe: Budget Bytes

Looking for more potato inspiration? Check out 27 Tasty Ways to Cook Potatoes