5 Simple Stuffed Baked Potatoes

by zesty on November 7, 2008 · 55 comments

Can you believe it?  Friday has arrived!  I wanted to switch things up a bit and have somewhat of a fun and interactive post today.  I want everyone who visits Cooking today to write their favorite way to eat a potato.  Even though one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes is in the form of healthy homemade french fries , today I am going to go over my five favorite ways I like to stuff a potato.

So here goes.  I will also include a method in which to cook the potato prior to the stuffing process later on.  Oh I am excited – I can’t wait.  If I could only type faster …

Zesty Note: For the recipes below I did not give measurements as it depends on your liking of the ingredients and the size of the potato.  Use you best judgment.

1. Chicken & Broccoli Stuffed Potato

  • Diced cooked chicken
  • Broccoli pieces ( blanched)
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives
  • Milk
  • Butter

2. Bacon &  Swiss Stuffed Potato

  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Green Onion
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter

3. Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Stuffed Potato

  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Nutmeg

4. Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Stuffed Potato

  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Baby Spinach
  • Feta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil

5. Spicy Mexican Stuffed Potato

  • Ground beef/turkey
  • Salsa
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dash of Hot sauce


  1. Wash potatoes; dry; rub with oil; prick skins. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until done.

  2. Prepare your filling in a separate bowl.
  3. Cut 1/4-inch slice off top of baked potatoes and scoop out pulp, leaving shells intact about 1/4 inch thick. Mash pulp and add your desired filling.
  4. Beat well and re-stuff potatoes.
  5. If serving potatoes right away i like to brush them with a little butter and slide them under the broiler for a minute to brown the tops (depending on the filling).

Zesty Tip: Never bake a potato in tin foil or in the microwave. When you do either of those things it changes the cooking method from “baking” to steaming and prevents a crisp skin from forming. Bake a clean potato in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Poke it with a fork to allow steam to escape, rub with oil, and sprinkle with salt before placing on the oven rack.

I am so excited to hear how everyone loves their potatoes.  Have a great Friday.

Take Care


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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan

I love them all, but #3 is the absolute winner for me. Time to go buy some potatoes!!!


2 coco

I’ll try spinach, mushroom and feta cheese one….seems to be easy and yummy~~~ thanks for sharing!


3 Erin

Those sound awesome! I’m not a huge fan of regular tatoes, but when I do eat them I usually just put cottage cheese and salsa on top.
Your bacon and swiss one sounds amazing. :) Have a great day!


4 The Healthy Hostess

What a great post! I love making baked potato bar for when I have company and these are great ideas! :)


5 VeggieGirl

I love stuffed baked SWEET potatoes ;-)


6 Krista

Cinnamon and brown sugar?! Oh, how creative! I love that idea…..


7 The Other Jessie :)

this is great! I’m loving the stuffed baked potato with chicken and broccoli, and the bacon and swiss one as well. So yummy!


8 Juliet

#1 sounds good to me! I have some leftover chili that might just make its way on top of a baked potato or two this weekend as well!


9 RecipeGirl

They all sound good to me except that cinnamon-sugar one. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around that one!

I don’t know why I never think to stuff potatoes. It’s such a good idea for dinner.


10 zestycook

Thanks everyone for all your great comments.

RecipeGirl – it is unique and somewhat diffeent than the rest for sure


11 Biz

Well, not the healthiest, but I’ve made french fries and after I baked them (healthy, right?) I put bacon bits and shredded cheese and put them under the broiler and served them with horseradish sour cream. Um, the sour cream was fat free, so that helped! Yum.

Okay, now my mouth is watering!


12 Jessie

Oh yum! These look great! I’m with Veggie Girl. I think my favorite is a baked sweet potato with brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter.

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


13 Reeni

#3 is my favorite too! How could I chose any other?


14 chadnpam1

I love potatoes – I am originally from Idaho. One of my very favorites is a baked potato with butter, sour cream, sauteed onions and mushrooms then topped with French’s crispy onions. It’s to die for!


15 Gera

Hi Cory!

Certainly my favorites are the # 3 sweetness!! and # 5 Mex style!! they’re great recipes and it’s possible to interchange some ingredients between them…a spicy touch for the 3 would work wonderful as well ;)
BTW, healthy French fries is the most popular anytime!!


16 AlliJag

Both the bacon & swiss, and Mex potatoes sound FABULOUS!


17 Bob

I love baked potatoes, but I haven’t made them since I discovered crash hot potatoes. Those sound wicked good, I might have to bust some out sometime soon.


18 Kristina

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I always love good recipe sites.

And I am addicted to potatoes. I love them. Just had one for lunch!

I’m adding you to my Reader!


19 Live.Love.Eat

That potato looks sooooo good. I love it with broccoli and cheddar cheese although I don’t have them enough. But I do admit that I always microwave them and we love ‘em. We just don’t have time to bake a potato for one hour. Plus, I got really good at doing it in the nuke that it never shrivels up.


20 HangryPants

I love stuffed baked potatoes. I used to get get them from wendy’s all the time. Really a complete meal! Thanks for remndng me!


21 ttfn300

oh my gosh i never would’ve thought to do #3!!


22 rubybean77

Oh GOODNESS, Cooking! That potato looks great! My favorite are fiery potatoes…I’m going to make them this weekend and post ‘em!


23 averagebetty

I had a baked potato last night for dinner and mine was positively boring compared to these masterpieces! Thanks for all the fun ideas – great topping ideas for a “baked potato bar” at a party! Loves it!


24 veron

Ahh man..I need potatoes….now….


25 Foong

Oh yummy. I’ll never look at another baked potato the same way ever again. I definitely prefer No. 1!


26 jalera

I put leftover steak fajita with grilled onions and peppers, then top with pepper jack cheese and sour cream.


27 Candy

I love them slathered with butter and salt!


28 Tabitha Blue

Oooo, that sounds wonderful!! I love potatoes…. fries, mashed, baked. That first one sounds yummy… and I like #3, the cinnamon and brown sugar on a sweet potato!! Delish!


29 Lori

I was surprised to learn that the stuffed potato is huge where we live in Brazil. I like one that has arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. My husband likes one topped with chicken stroganoff and batata palhas (potato sticks). Sounds good about now!


30 Laurie

Wow you are creative with a potato! My favorite way to stuff a potato is with cheddar, bacon and sour cream, but you’ve given me some awesome ideas!


31 Stacey Snacks

Please don’t laugh at me.
When I was a kid I always ate a baked potato (baked in tin foil of course) and topped with a scoop of cottage cheese.
I know it sounds awful, but I still love it today!
It’s healthy and I swear, delicious.
My husband thinks it’s disgusting.
Oh well.


32 Aurelie

I’m a vegetarian, so unfortuately I won’t be trying out any of your suggestions soon, but what about a curry-stuffed potato? Or a sweet potato stuffed with cranberry sauce and cashew for the holidays?



33 Marianne

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34 Nick

Those are some great ways, by my favorite is with salt, pepper and ketchup. However, a cheddar, chive and sour cream one ain’t too bad either.

But sweet potatoes are a different deal, I prefer them over regular potatoes, and top those with either peanut butter, cream cheese or a combination of both.


35 ttfn300

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36 dawn

one of each please, and send FedEx too. thanks!
seriously though I love each and every one. each one is it’s own meal. gorgeous photos too!


37 rubybean77

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38 Tina

Mmmmmm… baked potatoes! I take mine with the WORKS!


39 skinnychef

I just love this Cooking- such a great and easy way for people to cook something warm and delicious as the weather gets cooler. Keep the great ideas coming!



40 Cooking Dad

hmmmm stuffed potatoes, I like the one with bacon. Everything is better with bacon!


41 Ishrath

Loved the combos. Keep them coming.


42 bonapart

They all sound great Carnt wait to try them all. Thank you


43 macass60

I make it a meal. I put taco meat, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, onion, black olives, butter, and broccoli on it. They are delicious


44 zesty

Excellent Idea… I love taco meat with potato!


45 Thomas Cat

My wife and I love mixing in broccoli, minced garlic, butter, sour cream, carmelized onions, med. cheddar cheese, then topping with Alfredo sauce!


46 Sara

I liked the idea of the bacon one but didn’t have all the ingredients. Using what I had at I ended up using: bacon, mozzarella cheese, onion, garlic, yoghurt, garlic chives, salt and pepper. A very fresh taste.


47 Gloria

I like to boil the large potatoes for about 5 mins before I put them in the oven to cook. When when I scoop out the potato to mash, it seems creamier. Sometimes I add some curry or savoury mince and veg (ground beef) into the scooped out potatoes then top with the mash and sprinkle with cheese and season to taste. My hubby loves potatoes anyway they are cooked, so I am always looking for new ideas. This seems to be a wonderful site to get inspired! Happy cooking everyone.


48 Colette

#4…absolutely delicious!!!!!


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