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Loaded Skillet Potatoes

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What’s better than cheesy potatoes with all the fixings? For this loaded skillet potatoes recipe, crispy oven-roasted potatoes are topped with the perfect nacho ingredients to create a delicious appetizer or side dish. 

Loaded Skillet Potatoes make the perfect appetizer or side dish. Topped with lots of cheese and bacon, this recipe is a real winner!
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You guys, you guys, you guys! My favorite season is here! I bet you thought I was talking about fall? No silly, it’s not fall – it’s FOOTBALL season! Can you relate? It’s been a long seven months without a snap. I love football, so to celebrate, I whipped up these delicious Loaded Skillet Potatoes to enjoy while we watch our favorite team.

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I have an obsession with potatoes. I love them any which way, you name it. I am also slightly obsessed with my new Cast Iron Skillet.

Cast Iron Skillet makes these Loaded Skillet Potatoes extra crispy and crunchy – just the way I like them! My inspiration for these Loaded Skillet Potatoes comes from my love of nachos AND twice baked potatoes – two of my favorite “picky” foods.”Picky” foods, as I like to call them are perfectly fine to pick at – with your hands…while watching the game. I topped these with the same ingredients. I guess you can call them a potato version of a traditional nacho dish.

Skillet Potatoes Key Ingredients

  • Red Potatoes (you can substitute Idaho potatoes if you prefer)
  • Cheddar Cheese: shredded cheese gives this recipe a nacho feel. Not a fan of cheddar cheese? Try substituting mozzarella cheese instead.
  • Crispy Bacon: cooked and crumbled (I like the real deal. Skip the bacon bits and fry up your own.) I like to reserve the bacon fat and use it to coat the bottom of the skillet
  • Favorite Garnishes: Sour Cream, Green Onions, Diced Tomatoes and Green Peppers
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Kitchen Essentials for Loaded Potatoes

How To Make Loaded Skillet Potatoes

To prepare, slice potatoes into wedges. Place potatoes in a single layer in a large skillet. Coat them with olive oil and gave them a quick toss and then season. Pop them in the oven for 35  minutes at 400 degrees so they get nice and crispy. After the potatoes are nice and crispy, remove from the oven. 

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When they are finished, remove them from the oven and give them a quick toss with a spatula so they don’t stick to the bottom of skillet. Add a layer of cheese (lots of cheese!) and some bacon (lots of bacon). Pop the loaded potato skillet back in the oven for another 10-14 minutes so the cheese melts. Then, add all your favorite topping ingredients like tomatoes, onions, scallions and a nice drizzle of Sriracha for a nice kick of heat.

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These Loaded Skillet Potatoes make me happy. They are the perfect game day recipe to enjoy while watching the game with the family. 

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5 from 2 votes
Loaded Skillet Potatoes make the perfect appetizer or side dish. Topped with lots of cheese and bacon, this recipe is a real winner! This easy potato recipe is a delicious take on the classic nacho recipe.
Loaded Skillet Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Loaded Skillet Potatoes make the perfect appetizer or side dish. Topped with lots of cheese and bacon, this recipe is a real winner!
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6
Author: Melissa Russo / thefarmgirlgabs.com
  • 8 Red Potatoes cut into slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions sliced
  • Sour Cream for garnish
  • Sriracha Sauce to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Arrange potato slices in a large cast iron skillet. Season with salt, cayenne and pepper. Toss with olive oil.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes or until fork-tender.
  4. Remove from oven and top with cheese and bacon. Pop back in the oven for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes, onion, scallions.
  6. Add a nice helping of Sriracha Sauce and a dollop of sour cream.

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