Twice baked potatoes are potatoes that have been cooked twice. Initially, the potatoes are baked as if you’re baking potatoes for baked potatoes.
But instead of serving the potatoes whole, you scoop out the potatoes, and mix them with whatever filling you want (for this recipe we’re adding in taco favorites), refill the potatoes, top with cheese and bake them again….twice baked potatoes!
What potatoes are best for twice baked potatoes?
The ideal potatoes for twice baked potatoes are Russet potatoes.
Why are Russet potatoes used for twice baked potatoes?
Russet potatoes are a starchy potato which means the extra ingredients you later add in will adhere better with a Russet potato than a waxy potato, like a red potato.
Considering that twice baked potatoes are kind of like a whole meal, remember that making twice baked potatoes are easy, but there are a few easy steps!
Here is a universal way to make twice baked potatoes as we outlined in our classic twice baked potato recipe!
How To Make Twice Baked Potatoes In The Oven
Scrub potatoes clean and dry them.
Poke the potatoes with a fork.
Rub the potatoes with oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake the potatoes at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes. Note: The exact time will depend on how big the potatoes are. If the potatoes are big, plan at least an hour.
Before you start scooping out the potato filling, you’ll want to allow the potatoes to cool for 10 minutes. They will be VERY HOT.
Slice the very top off of the potatoes.
Scoop out the filling. Be careful to leave about 1/4″ of the potato flesh on the skin. If you get to close, it will be hard to hold the potatoes together with the heaviness of the filling.
Mix up the potato filling. Get creative with what you add!
Use a potato masher or a hand mixer on low speed to get everything combined.
Stuff the potato halves.
Top with additional cheese if you’d like!
Bake for about 15 minutes. The potatoes will already be warm, but you want to make sure they are nice and hot all through.
How To Make Twice Baked Potatoes In The Air Fryer
Perfect for dinner for two, the air fryer will produce equal results in shorter time and is perfect when you only want to make two twice baked potatoes!
For air fryer twice baked potatoes, you will follow the guidelines from above, but the temperature and cooking times will change.
Here is the temperature and cooking time for twice baked potatoes in the air fryer:
Set air fryer temperature to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add whole potatoes, (scrubbed, dried, forked), set timer to 40 minutes.
Remove after 40 minutes, allow to slightly cool.
Scoop out filling and follow directions for the filling.
Refill potatoes and return to the air fryer. YOU CAN ADD ALUMINUM UNDER POTATOES TO CATCH SPILLS! This is optional.
Cook at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts.
Ingredients For Twice Baked Potatoes
These twice baked potatoes that are inspired by the Mexican cuisine have ground brown beef that has been seasoned with our homemade taco seasoning, or you can even use leftover picadillo that is made with sofrito for an even more flavorful and unique Mexican twice baked potato recipe!
Here are the ingredients for this Mexican twice baked potato. Remember, you can add or take away any ingredients!
6 large potatoes
browned ground beef (or meatless crumbles by Boca or Morning Star)
shredded cheddar jack cheese (Or pepper jack for a nice kick!)
Toppings (optional/your choice):
How To Make Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes
Bake the potatoes. Poke fork holes along the top of 6 large/fat scrubbed potatoes, brush with oil, and cook for 1 hour at 450 degrees. If they aren’t soft at the end, cook in 15 minute intervals until soft.
Cool the potatoes. Allow the potatoes to cool for 15 minutes, or while working on step #3.
3. Work on filling. While potatoes are cooling, combine olive oil, ground beef, onions, bell peppers, taco seasoning, salsa, and water in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until vegetables are soft and everything is cooked through. Add more water if mixture becomes too dry.
4. Scoop out potatoes. Cut a rectangle pattern out of the top of each potato, and dig out the insides of each one. *Make sure to leave a about 1/4″ potato on the inside so that the skin doesn’t collapse.*
5. Create the filling. In a large bowl, mash together potato, cheese, and sour cream until blended. Fold in meat mixture.
6. Refill the potatoes and bake again. Scoop into hollowed potatoes, making sure to over stuff them. Brush outsides with more oil, and cook another 15-20 minutes.
7. Add toppings and enjoy. Remove from oven, add toppings as you like, and serve as desired.
Can you freeze twice baked potatoes?
Yes, you can freeze twice baked potatoes (without toppings), by wrapping them tightly with aluminum foil and then placing them into a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag.
How To Reheat Twice Baked Potatoes
Oven– Reheat potatoes in the oven at 365 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes, or until potato has heated through.
Microwave– On high power, reheat potatoes for 2 minutes, or until heated through.
Air Fryer– Set temperature to 360 degrees and reheat this easy potatoes recipe for 8-10 minutes, or until baked potatoes are heated through.
Poke fork holes along the top of 6 large/fat scrubbed potatoes, brush with oil, and cook for 1 hour at 450 degrees. If they aren’t soft at the end, cook in 15 minute intervals until soft.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
While potatoes are cooling, combine olive oil, ground beef, onions, bell peppers, taco seasoning, salsa, and water in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until vegetables are soft and everything is cooked through. Add more water if mixture becomes too dry.
Cut a rectangle pattern out of the top of each potato, and dig out the insides of each one. *Make sure to leave a about 1/4" potato on the inside so that the skin doesn’t collapse.*
In a large bowl, mash together potato, cheese, and sour cream until blended. Fold in meat mixture.
Scoop into hollowed potatoes, making sure to overstuff them. Brush outsides with more oil, and cook another 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven, add toppings as you like, and serve as desired.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 potatoes, with 1 serving being 1 potato (no toppings added into the calorie count). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
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One place it says slice potatoes in HALF lengthwise. Then another it says cut a rectangle on top. I knew they didn’t look like they were halved. These look really tasty.