Thursday, September 26, 2013

Taco Stuffed "Baked" Potato

Today is Throwback Thursday, and I actually have a leftover recipe for you.  I made tacos for dinner the night before and I only had the taco filling and fixings left (no taco shells).  So I made a quick lunch with a potato.  Microwaving a potato is an easy way of getting that great baked potato quickly and easily  This lunch came together in minutes and I may have enjoyed it more than eating the tacos from the night before.  

medium or large size baking potatos washed well
Taco meat (see recipe below)
Shredded cheese used for tacos or cheddar
sour cream
green onions
salt and black pepper

Ingredients and Directions for Taco Meat:
1lb lean ground meat (beef, chicken, pork or turkey)
2 jalapenos seeded and chopped
1 onion chopped
2-3 Tbs store bought Taco seasoning (I used McCormick brand)
1-2 tsp of ground cumin
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes

Start by browning meat with a little salt and pepper. Then add onions and jalapeno and finish browning meat.  Next add seasoning: taco seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, red chili flakes. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

Then add one can of diced tomatoes.  Saute for another 5-7 minutes.  Taste for seasoning.

Directions for potatoes:
Scrub skin of potato well.  Carefully prick skin with a knife.  Place on a microwave safe plate and heat on high (about 6 minutes for 2 medium potatoes).

Cut potato in half (3/4 into potato) and season lightly with salt, black pepper, sour cream and butter (to taste).  Top with shredded taco cheese (or cheddar) and microwave for 30-60 more seconds.  Top with Taco meat, a little more cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions.  Enjoy.

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