Whip up these 5-Ingredient Tuna Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes in less than 30 minutes when you need a quick, easy meal that the kids will love!
What makes a recipe stand the test of time for your family? Our family tends to have “recipe obsessions”. We find a dinner or dessert recipe that we really like and we make it (hello there cinnamon rolls), almost non-stop, until something new catches our eye (oatmeal cookies anyone?) and we obsessively move on to a new recipe.
Some recipes just never get old.
Although these Tuna Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes have never been one of our “obsessions”, we’ve been making them for years. This recipe is quick, easy, and uses tuna fish. I don’t have too many dishes that use tuna (except tuna empanadas), so when someone is craving tuna, this is the recipe we pull out.
What potatoes are best for twice baked potatoes?
If you are making stuffed potatoes (AKA Twice Baked Potatoes), the best potato is a nice sized Russet potato. Russet potatoes are high in starch which makes them super fluffy. The skin is also thick enough to hold all of that cheesy filling.
What is the best tuna?
Canned light tuna or solid white albacore is best for this recipe. Either will work and we’ve used both. Make sure you drain the tuna well before adding it to the potato filing.
How to Make Tuna Stuffed Potatoes
There’s just 5 steps involved in this quick dinner recipe.
Wash the potatoes.
Microwave the potatoes.
Scoop out the potatoes.
Refill them with that tuna-cheesy filling.
Bake them til the cheese is melty.
How Long to Bake Stuffed Potatoes
If the filling is warm, these potatoes will only take about 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. If the filling is cooler, it may take a little longer to heat through.
Sometimes we like to make the cheese a little brown on top. We’re suckers for brown, toasty cheese. If you are too, just place them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Watch them closely, though, so they don’t burn.
Yes! If you are looking to do some meal prep, make these potatoes in advance, and then refrigerate for up to 3 days. When you are ready to bake, bake as directed, but they will take longer because the filling is cold.
Can you freeze stuffed 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 do you cook frozen stuffed potatoes?
The potatoes will cook best if you allow them to defrost slightly before rewarming. Take them out the night before and let them defrost in the refrigerator if possible.
Otherwise, you can use these guidelines:
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.
Scrub and wash the potatoes. Use a fork to poke a couple of holes in the top of the potatoes. Microwave the potatoes until they are soft and baked through. Ours took about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Allow the potatoes to cool for 5 minutes, or until you are able to handle them. Slice the very top off of the potato. Scoop out the insides of the potatoes, being careful not to break the skin. Leave about 1/4" of potato on the skin so that it can hold the filling. Place the scooped potato in a bowl.
Add the drained tuna, condensed soup, ½ cup cheddar cheese and salt, if desired. Mix well.
Spoon this mixture back into the potatoes and top with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake the potatoes on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the cheddar cheese is melted. If you'd like the cheddar cheese browned a little bit, place the baking sheet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes on low. Watch carefully!
Sprinkle with fresh parsley for serving.
You can add more tuna or more cheddar cheese if you’d like. If you have any extra filling that doesn’t fit in the potatoes, bake it in a small baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.