Food stuffed inside food has got to be one of my favorite things ever. I mean, it just doesn’t get any better.
One of my fave things to stuff… potatoes. They’re so comforting, easy, and they take on whatever flavor you want them to. They’re the perfect vessel for carrying, well other foods. (You’ve probably seen me post dozens of food-stuffed-inside-food recipes in the past… like these taco meat tapas, a similar-but-mini concept!)
I think we can also agree tacos are one of the world’s best creations… and that it’s the garnishes that make them so to-die-for. So the notion of a taco and stuffed potato really hits home. Take all those tasty things you love to put in tacos and slather them into baked potatoes. Sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, whatever potatoes you like. It’s comforting yet refreshing all at the same time.
for the taco meat…
1 lb ground beef (or turkey if preferred)
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1 small or 1/2 large)
1 tsp minced garlic (approx 2 cloves)
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes (2 Romas)
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder blend
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt, plus more as desired
1/4 tsp black pepper
dash crushed red pepper flakes
4 large sweet or russet potatoes
optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, shredded cabbage, microgreens or sprouts, sour cream, grated cheese, sliced jalapeño pepper, chopped green onion, crush red pepper flakes, and whatever else your imagination comes up with!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Begin by baking potatoes…
I give ’em a good wash, then poke some holes in them and bake them right on the rack plain…
if preferred, you can rub some olive oil and salt on first
They’ll need about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size
Meanwhile, begin prepping the taco meat mixture…
Add oil to a pan over medium heat
Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, and all spices
Stir and cook for a few minutes, until softened and fragrant
Add parsley and meat
Increase heat to medium-high, stirring often to avoid burning
I like this higher heat to help cook off some of the liquids, but if needed, keep it at medium instead
Once potatoes and meat are both done, scoop some of the potato from the centers…
leave enough along the sides to act as a wall to keep them upright
If wanted, top with some grated cheese…
Then toss them back into the oven for a few minutes until melted
Then top with all the garnishes you love!
Same goes for sweet potatoes…
I personally love the crunch of fresh cabbage and microgreens…
Whatever you smother ’em with, dig in and enjoy!