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.
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?
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!
Grilled 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.
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?
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Grilled Southwestern Potato Skins
- 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
- 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.