12 Best Fully Loaded Potatoes

You say potato, I say load it up. Here are 10 ways to turn everyday potatoes into tempting, gotta-have-it, totally loaded potatoes. Bonus: They're a cheap, easy, and satisfying weeknight dinner everybody loves. And you've gotta love that.

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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Ultimate Twice-Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are scooped out, restuffed with everything you love in a baked potato, then baked again. Consider this your gateway to exploring more loaded potato bliss. Michele McCormick raves, "This was excellent! I have tried on several occasions to make twice baked potatoes with no luck. These were perfect. I will make them again and again and again."

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Leslie's Super Easy Spinach-Artichoke Dip Twice-Baked Potatoes

Leslie's Super Easy Spinach-Artichoke Dip Twice-Baked Potatoes
Leslie's Super Easy Spinach-Artichoke Dip Twice-Baked Potatoes. Leslie Kelly

Once you master the simple art of twice-baked potatoes, you can start experimenting with inventive fillings, like this version stuffed with gooey, cheesy, savory spinach artichoke dip. (I've had them, and they're insane.)

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Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Loaded Hasselback Potatoes via Damn Delicious
Loaded Hasselback Potatoes via Damn Delicious.

In this clever take on loaded potatoes, the 'taters are sliced almost all the way through and baked with butter and bacon. To serve, the slits are filled with sour cream, chives, and cheese. #drool

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Loaded Double Potato Bites

Loaded Double Potato Bites
Photo by Christina.

Try these mini loaded potatoes as an appetizer that'll earn you rave reviewes. Christina says, "These were simple and delicious! I was too lazy to get out the piping bag and tip, so I just scooped the potato mixture on top of each one (it was just for the family, lol). Very nice texture with the crispy potato bottom and creamy potato top. Great flavors and a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)"

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Photo by naples34102.

These loaded mashed potatoes are perfect for feeding a crowd. Better make a big batch because everyone's going to want seconds.

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Loaded Bacon, Cheddar, and Ranch Potatoes

Loaded Bacon, Cheddar, and Ranch Potatoes on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

Here's another variation on loaded potatoes for a crowd. Bake them in a casserole and be prepared to be bombarded with recipe requests.

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Baked Potato Soup V

Baked Potato Soup V
Allrecipes Magazine

Even soup gets to be a load of fun when you add the classic bacon/cheese/chives embellishments.

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

a football-shaped dip topped with crumbled bacon and sour cream "stitching" on a green platter
Chef John's Loaded Baked Potato Dip. Chef John

"Really yummy," says Iris. "I used cream cheese with a bit of sour cream and added jalapeños and corn. I also used turkey bacon."

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Shrimp-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Shrimp-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Instead of a baked potato on the side with the usual toppings, make it a complete meal! "Add some shrimp and a lovely sauce to create a tasty main dish," says Bibi, who submitted the recipe. "We like this served with steamed broccoli and French bread."

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Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes
Photo by Genny Pointer.

Well, of course you can load up mashed potato cakes. It's a great way to use up extra mashed potatoes and no one's going to complain about eating leftovers.

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Loaded Turkey and Gravy Stuffed Potatoes

loaded turkey and gravy stuffed potatoes on purple plates

Always a hit with Thanksgiving leftovers! But these fully loaded twice-baked potatoes aren't just one-hit wonders: "I used rotisserie chicken, leftover white gravy, and leftover cornbread stuffing," says Cookie.

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All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad

All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Last, and certainly not least, you can load up a potato salad. hez1991 says, "Be sure your potatoes have completely cooled before mixing or you will have smashed baked potato salad. It's a yummy recipe. Oh, and forget the bacon bits, fry your own bacon...so much better!"

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