This Spicy Taco Potato Skins Recipe is a perfect party food or switch up to your normal taco night. Using ground bison, yukon gold potatoes, bell peppers, onions, habanero pepper sauce and other seasonings to give them a spicy taco flavor.
Someone recently reminded me that football season is about to kick off and although I am not the biggest football fan, I am a big fan of football food. So I thought it was time to bust out my favorite football party appetizer; my Spicy Taco Potato Skins Recipe. Truth be told this recipe makes a great lunch or dinner as well. I love tacos, they are my favorite food, but it’s always nice to give them a new spin. This recipe for taco potato skins is spicy, but don’t worry I’ll tell you how to adjust them if you’re not a fan of spicy foods.
Making my Spicy Taco Potato Skins Recipe is extremely easy although it appears to be time-consuming. You’re going to need to bake up some potatoes, I usually like yukon gold or another yellow potato. Try to look for ones on the smaller side something that would take only 2-3 bites to eat. Once baked let the potatoes cool enough to touch then slice them in half long wise and scoop out the middles (they make great mashed potatoes for another meal!). Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and they are ready to be filled. If you’re not making them in advance you can cook up your taco meat while the potatoes are baking to save time.
For the taco meat I dice up one medium onion and 1 medium bell pepper. I like to sauté these with about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil just long enough for the onions to start to turn translucent. Then I add 1 pound ground bison, followed by the seasonings and habanero pepper sauce. Once your meat is cooked you’ll need to drain it if there is a lot of oil and fat in the bottom of your pan. Then use your favorite taco seasoning packet as directed on the package.
Lastly fill your potato skins with taco meat and top with a little grated cheese. I like to use mild cheddar or a mexican blend for my Spicy Taco Potato Skins Recipe. You’ll Bake these at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 mins or until the cheese is bubbly and melted. If you like a little brown cheese you can turn your broiler on for the last minute or two. These potato skins are in fact spicy thanks to the cayenne pepper, red chili pepper flakes, and habanero pepper sauce. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods these are the things you should limit. Those of you that are extremely sensitive to spicy food should consider leaving out the habanero pepper sauce all together.
Serve these with any of you favorite taco toppings. For parties I like to stick with things like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and refried beans. Pickled jalapenos, black olives, lettuce, and tomatoes are also great options.
Now that you know one of my favorite football foods, I’d love to hear what your favorite football snacks are. Leave a comment on the blog below or come find me on Facebook and let me know!
Spicy Taco Potato Skins Recipe
- 2 lbs potatoes
- 1 lb ground bison
- 1 TBSP E.V.O.O.
- 1 medium bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp mexican fiesta seasoning (optional)
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp garlic granules
- ½ tsp habanaro sauce
- 1 taco seasoning packet
- 4-6 oz mild cheddar cheese, grated
- Bake potatoes at 375 degrees F. for 45-60 minutes, they should be fork tender all the way through
- Once cooled slice potatoes in half, lengthwise
- Scoop out the middles of the potatoes, discarding the inner potatoes*
- Add the E.V.O.O into a skillet over medium heat
- Saute the bell peppers and onion until the onions start to turn translucent
- Add the ground bison, seasonings (except the taco seasoning packet), and habanaro sauce
- Continue to cook until meat is cooked through, 5-10 mins
- Drain if necessary and return mixture to pan
- Use taco seasoning packet as directed
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spoon taco meat into potato skins
- Top with grated cheese
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you want a little brown to your cheese turn your oven to broil for the last 1-2 mins.
- Serve with your favorite taco toppings.