My Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Bar is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.
Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! I enjoyed week 3 of college football and another win for my Ohio State Buckeyes! Here in Columbus fall is synonymous with football season and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And of course what goes better with football than TAILGATING?! And tailgating means goooood eats!
And if we’re talking about good eats, than it doesn’t get much better than this Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Bar. Some of my favorite recipe creations come along when it’s just about time to hit the grocery store and I throw a bunch of random things together and that’s how this one came to be. After the first bite, my hubby exclaimed “This has to go on your blog!” Haha!
This Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Bar can be enjoyed for a home tailgate or can easily be toted to your tailgate party. Of course it can also be enjoyed for Taco Tuesday, or any day for that matter… you might just want to make it a part of your regular menu rotation. 😉
I mean they’re really isn’t enough that can be said about a classic ground beef taco. The smoky seasoning of the classic taco flavor with the rich and hearty ground beef is the taco of champs. Oh and add to that the fact that a 3 oz. serving of beef provides 10 essential nutrients and 25 grams of protein. That’s a lot of protein that will help to keep energy up through the whole game! 😉
Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Bar
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 packets taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- Bag of Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
- Olive oil or butter
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- Green onions
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Poke potatoes with a fork all around the whole potato to prevent bursting and to ensure even cooking.
- Brush potatoes with olive oil or melted butter, season generously with kosher salt and black pepper and place on baking sheet. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes, flipping once half way through cooking.
- Note: Potatoes are done when they feel soft when squeezed but before they feel mushy. If you're not sure of cooking time, you can begin to test the feel of them after 45 minutes and then continue to cook in 5 minute intervals until they're done.
- While the potatoes are cooking, prepare toppings and place back in fridge until ready to use.
- Add about 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a large skillet and add diced onion. Cook over medium-high heat until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes then add ground beef. Cook until the beef is browned all the way through (no pink remains) and drain.
- Add cooked ground beef back into the large skillet along with taco seasoning and water. Mix well over medium heat until seasoning is fully incorporated and water is evaporated.
- Cut tops off of potatoes and scoop a little bit of potato out to make room for taco stuffing.
- Serve buffet style with optional toppings and utensils and enjoy!
- If you want to make your Taco Stuffed Baked Potato Bar portable, wrap your baked potatoes in foil and tote them in a crock pot. The taco meat can be kept warm in a crock pot as well. Enjoy!
Bring along your favorite Bloody Mary fixings for a festive Bloody Mary Bar!
Make this super simple Football Layer Dip as a side by layering (in an oblong serving dish): refried beans, shredded cheddar, green onions and salsa and then pipe sour cream over top to look like football laces! You could even add some of that delish taco meat in there as another layer!
Not that you need another reason to feel good about eating beef other than for the nutritional factors, but for some warm fuzzies take a peek at this video. I love the heart that goes into cattle farming here in Ohio and the legacy of cattle farming shown by this farming family right here in Ohio reminds me of the legacy of Ohio State football and beyond… they are passionate about creating sustainable farming and land practices and preserving the legacy for future generations.
So cool, right?!
For more beef nutrition facts, cooking tips and inspiring recipes, you can visit www.OhioBeef.org, and follow the Ohio Beef Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and to meet more of Ohio’s beef farmers. Use #OhioBeef to share photos of your taco stuffed baked potato bar or healthy beef meals, we’d love to see them!