Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!I did it.  I finally did it.  I created the World’s Best Potato Skins.  I scooped out all of the extra potato and replaced it with all sorts of delicious southwestern flavors.  There’s corn, black beans and bell peppers.  There’s cumin, chili powder and a jalapeno.  Oh, and don’t forget the pepperjack cheese on top.  That’s it.  The World’s Best Potato Skins!

For all of you Elf fans out there, you might remember Buddy finding the coffee shop that advertised the World’s Best Cup of Coffee.  “You did it!  Congratulations!  World’s best cup of coffee!  Great job, everybody!  It’s great to be here.”  Man, there’s some movies that just never get old.

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!So why am I quoting Elf in the middle of the summer?  Well, a couple of months ago, I took the train down to NYC to visit some of my close friends from Atlanta who were on vacation for their anniversary.  We spent the weekend doing touristy things, but it was totally awesome!  We roamed the halls of the American Museum of Natural History.  We wandered through Central Park.  And, yes, we got stuck waiting for a train for well over an hour.  It wouldn’t be a trip to NYC without spending some quality time in the subway, right?

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!As we were about to head into the Museum of Natural History, we realized we should grab lunch first.  I mean, looking at all those dinosaur bones will make anyone hungry!  So I pulled up my handy Yelp app to see what restaurants were in the area.  We made our way to a Mexican restaurant several blocks over that had pretty good reviews.  The food was great.  Yelp wins again.  But what made the visit to this restaurant memorable was the sign behind the bar advertising the World’s Best Margarita.

Of course, my friend (who is a huge movie buff) had to congratulate the waitress on creating the world’s best margarita.  I don’t think she got the joke.  She agreed that it was a delicious margarita, but I think she thought my friend was a little bit odd.  (Ok, maybe he is.  But that’s why I love the guy!)  And, of course, he had to order a round of margaritas.  I mean, they were the World’s Best Margaritas, after all!

Worlds-Best-MargaritaGrilled Southwestern Potato Skins

So after taking just one bite of these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins, I was in potato skin heaven.  I promptly declared (to my dogs since I was the only one at home) that they were the World’s Best Potato Skins.  Are they actually the world’s best potato skins?  Probably not.  But they are pretty sweet.

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!This was the first time I’ve ever grilled potato skins, and they came out quite well.  I did bake the potatoes in the oven, but once I scooped ’em out, I just tossed those bad boys on the grill for several minutes.  The skins turned nice and crispy…the perfect vessel for loads of delicious southwestern flavors.

Have you ever had the World’s Best Cup of Coffee?  What about the World’s Best Potato Skins?

Did you make these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!  Happy grilling!

Looking for more fun grilling recipes?  Check out these other favorites:

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Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!

Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¾ cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • ¾ cup shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Pierce each potato several times with a fork and then bake for 60 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, place the olive oil, onion, jalapeno and bell pepper in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until bell pepper is slightly softened. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add black beans, corn, cumin, chili powder and salt to the sauté pan. Stir and continue cooking for 3-4 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once potatoes have cooled, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh, leaving ~¼-½” of flesh on the skins. Brush tops and bottoms of potatoes with the melted butter.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. Add potatoes and grill for 4-5 minutes. Flip and continue grilling for 4-5 more minutes, or until skins are crispy.
  • Divide the bean and corn mixture evenly into the potato skins. Top with shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream and chives.

Loaded with layers of flavor, these Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins are one heck of a delicious summer appetizer!

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25 Comments

  1. Hahahha, Okay, you get 50 points for quoting Elf. I just LOVE that film. If I saw anywhere advertising the world’s best something, I would have to congratulate them too.

    I do love me some potato skins. There is so much that you can do with them.

    1. 50 points?? Wow! I was only hoping for 40 points…but you went all out with the 50 here! Haha! Thank you so much, Dannii…I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! 🙂

  2. Corn, beans, and bell peppers? Not to mention the cheese. Approved! The World’s Best Potato Skins ever. You’ve won, David! Your prise is to send these gorgeous potatoes to me. How would you benefit from such a prise? Well…just send them to me, please:) Well done!

    1. Now that is one heck of a prize! I get to send these to you? But they won’t look as good by the time they get to you I’m afraid. Therefore I should probably just eat them all myself, right? Good…glad you agree! 🙂

  3. Haha – DUUUDE – “You did it! Congratulations! World’s best (potato skins indeed)! Great job! ” Corn, black beans, bell peppers, cumin, chili powder and jalapeno in a scoped out potato that is GRILLED – just freaking awesome! If it ever stops raining here (we are on our 5th day of rain in ATL) then I am gonna have to grill these up! Hey if dinosaur bones make you hungry – did y’all ever go to the Renaissance festival and grab yourselves a turkey leg? The meat isn’t a bazillion years old, so they are tender and juicier! 🙂

    1. Wow…5 days of rain? That’s crazy talk! But at least that’s 5 less days of like 100°F+ days, right? I’ve never made it to a Renaissance fair, but I have totally always wanted to go. I think it would be right up my alley…plus it would be a chance to embrace my inner nerd! 🙂

  4. Dude. what a show off. But I have to admit it, those potato skins look pretty dope. Cumin, bell peppers, black beans, corn…it doesn’t get much better than that.
    Great job!
    #WolfpackGreatness

  5. Hi David! Good potato skins are a thing of beauty and you nailed it! But, where’s the bacon? 😉

    1. Oh no! Bacon! I totally forgot the bacon. Well, clearly, these are not the world’s best potato skins…they would need bacon in order to claim that title! Hah!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I’m always looking for ways to pull out the grill during these warmer months! The snow is coming (hopefully not soon), so I need to get my fill of grilling in here! 🙂

    1. Hahaha…well, it sounds like my competition here is pretty slim if it’s only a chain restaurant in Australia! And yes to cumin!! I seriously think it’s one of my favorites spices in the cupboard…aside from cinnamon of course.

    1. Thank you so much, Kevin…I saw that you shared these on Facebook. That’s how the Wolfpack rolls. Thanks, buddy! Want me to send you a ‘tater skin? 🙂

  6. Was this the trip that I finally got to meet THE David from Spiced Blog? That was a great time! And Elf is the bomb. That’s one Christmas movie I never get sick of watching. And these are my perfect potato skins… I’m all about southwest flavors!

    1. That was indeed that trip! Speaking of that trip, was it Ample Hills creamery where we got that ice cream? Anyways, Elf. Yes, it’s August and I’m talking about a Christmas movie…but it’s for a good reason. It’s for potato skins! 🙂

  7. Agreed-World’s Best Potato Skins! I love the combination of so many flavors AND grilling them!~Carolyn @ Cabot

    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn! 🙂 I’m pretty sure I could eat these ‘tater skins every night of the week. Plus, they’re a great excuse to pull out the grill!

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