"Taco Stuffed Taters" is something I have made for years! It turns a simple baked potato into a meal and everyone loves these! It's also nice because each person can garnish their own to their liking. I cook for picky people so this is an important part of my meal planning! You can have these on the table in less than 30 minutes, if you use the microwave to bake the potatoes.
Here is what you will need:
4 large baking potatoes, baked
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck or ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheddar blend cheese (could use all Cheddar)
black olive slices
Brown the ground chuck and drain any excess grease. Add the taco mix and water called for on the package. Bring to a boil then decrease to simmer and just let it cook long enough for some of the water to evaporate...just like you do for tacos.
Cut the baked potatoes in half and place on a baking sheet. I lightly score them to make it easier to dig into when they are served. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Pile some taco meat on each potato half, dividing it between the 8 halves. Sprinkle with cheese, covering the tops. Place in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted. I serve like this with the various toppings in bowls so everyone can garnish their own!
I like to top mine with salsa or taco sauce, sour cream, green onions, black olives, cilantro, and jalapeno slices! Whatever you like on a taco is good!