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I love to cook up some appetizers when we are watching football and other sporting events. Potato skins are a standard and typical game day food for us. There are so many filling options, but we love these Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins! You get all the same great flavors of a jalapeno popper, but it is not as spicy because there is less pepper and more cream cheese. Love spicy food? Kick up the heat with some more jalapeno or hot sauce!
The bacon is completely optional based on whether you want to add that flavor or if you are wanting to keep these vegetarian. Either way, they are delicious!
You can find detailed instructions on how to make the best potato skin shells here! It is my favorite technique as I found using baked potatoes were just too soft and difficult to work with. Plus my technique above is so much faster! The topping possibilities are endless! Now that I have a recipe for perfect potato skins, it is somewhat dangerous because they are so good!
What do you think would be a great filling for potato skins?
Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Once your potato skins are prepared (see note below for recipe), place them skin side down on a large cookie sheet.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, jalapeno, sour cream, monterey jack cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
- Scoop the cream cheese mixture into each potato skin. The shape of the potato will vary, so if they are large you may need more filling. And if they are small or thin you may have extra.
- Top each potato as desired with bacon, additional monterey jack, and additional jalapenos if you wish.
- Bake the potato skins until the cheese has melted and is starting to turn a light brown, approximately 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve warm with sour cream or other dipping sauces.