Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Taco Baked Potatoes:

My family loves these!!! It's a great change of pace between tacos and a baked potato bar. Plus, you can make them super personal to your tastes! Add or leave off whatever you don't like! Hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as we do!
4 medium potatoes, washed
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup taco seasoning
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
3 cups cooked broccoli florets
sour cream
ranch dressing
shredded cheddar cheese
(tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, additional chopped many ingredients would be fabulous on these)

With buttered or oiled hands, rub all over the potatoes until well greased. Pierce the potato several times all over. Pour about an inch of water in the bottom of a slow-cooker. Crumble a piece of foil (big enough to be crumbled and still cover the water) and place over the water in the slow-cooker. Add potatoes (the potatoes should not touch the water) and cook on high for about 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours until fork tender.

In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain fat. Add onion, taco seasoning and water. Cook and stir until onion in tender. This can be placed in a slow-cooker on low until you are ready to serve, or it can simmer on the stove.

To serve: cut the potatoes in half and top with meat and broccoli and other desired toppings!

-Cooking time on the potatoes will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. Don't worry about over cooking them. Over cooking is better than under cooking and it would take a long time before they will be too soft to eat. It would be better to allow extra time and if need be, put them on warm for the remainder of the time, than to try to cook them quickly.
-If I am short on time, or forgot to put the potatoes in the crock-pot early enough, I will peel and dice them and cook them in water on the stove. Once they are fork tender, I drain off all the water, and fry them in a small amount of butter (2 tablespoons or so, depending on how many potatoes you did) on medium heat, until they start to get a little crispy. It tastes just as good if not better than a baked potato!

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