Loaded potatoes is such a great dinner recipe. It’s simple, uses basic (or not) ingredients, and if you have some potatoes in your fridge already cooked (from meal prep day), you can pull it all together in the time it takes to brown some ground beef.
I first learned about loaded potatoes in the Well Fed Weeknights cookbook by Mel Joulwan. I have 3 of her books, and they are by far my most used recipe books. In her book she covers several ways to make them, and I’ve used that as inspiration over the years.
We usually do the burger version- ground beef over Russet potatoes, topped with pickles, onions, mustard, mayo, cheese, bacon, even guac sometimes. Whatever we feel like that day! We’ve done a Mexican themed one, breakfast themed, you name it. I also really love a version with pulled pork after my husband smokes it. I’ll top that with pickles and a clean BBQ sauce like Primal Kitchen or Noble. So. Good.
You can even switch out potatoes and use sweet potatoes. There really are no rules. Just have a potato, top it with some sort of protein, and add a lot of delicious sauces and/or spices and some veggies.
Here is what I made tonight:
Have your potatoes already baked, or start them before the rest (1/2- .1 potato per person, depending on size)
2lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, mustard, pickles
Heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion, sauté. Add ground beef, cook until no longer pink. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix it all up. Take the potatoes, cut in half (and reheat if necessary). I always add a little butter, salt, and pepper to the potato, but you don’t have to. Once the meat is done, spoon the mixture on top of the potato. Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
I would have added a picture, but didn’t think of it because I was too excited to eat!