Friday, March 22, 2013

Chili Cheese Potato Skins

Are you as pumped as I am that Marquette is playing in the third round of the NCAA tournament tomorrow? No?? You haven't been keeping up with college basketball?? Even though I'm not a huge sports fanatic, there is something I love about March Madness. Is it the brackets, the excitement, the fast pace of it all.....? Yes, that too.....but let's be serious. What I mostly love is that it's an excuse to make (and eat!) yummy food! (I'm always looking for a good reason to do that.....isn't everyone??)

So when Jorden told me that our Golden Eagles had won by 1 (!) point in the last second of yesterday's game, I knew we'd be enjoying some weekend basketball.....and when he mentioned an "appetizer night" I knew I needed to get on the ball!

Back when we were first married, appetizer nights were our favorite. We were just out of college and were perfectly content to hit up the frozen food aisle at the grocery store and gorge ourselves on mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, seasoned french fries, mini egg name it! I remember telling my sister about it once....and her only response was that we should re-name it "heart attack night." Ha! So true.

Well, a lot has changed since then.....including our taste in food. It's not that we always eat super healthy foods (clearly!)'s just that if we're going to eat something unhealthy, we want it to taste reaaaally good! Better yet, we like to enjoy things that taste reaaaally good and are only a little bit these chili cheese potato skins!

Are you with me so far...? Okay, here's the super easy how-to:

First, grab 3 large potatoes and poke some holes in them. Bake them at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. (I actually did this step the night before.)

Once they are cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers. Leave a bit of potato around the bottom & edges (see pictures).

Fill each potato skin with 1/2 oz. cream cheese and 1/3 cup chili. I used canned Hormel turkey chili with beans....but homemade would be even better!

Top each with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and sliced scallions.

Bake an additional 10 minutes.....and....


I know what I'm doing (and eating!) tomorrow......what about you? What are your plans for the weekend?

Chili Cheese Potato Skins
3 large potatoes
1 can (15 oz) Hormel Turkey Chili w/Beans
3 oz. cream cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. shredded cheese
3 scallions, chopped

1. Wash potatoes and prick with a fork. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool.
2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the center of each. Leave some potato around the bottom and edges (see photos).
3. Fill each potato skin with 1/2 oz. cream cheese and 1/3 c. chili.
4. Top with 1/4 c shredded cheese and chopped scallions to taste.
5. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Looking for other game-time food ideas? Check out my Chicken Spinach Artichoke Pizza!

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  1. These look delicious. I'm going to print off and try them. It's nice to have the occasional 'heart attack night'. Have a great weekend. Chel x

  2. Oh my gosh!!! These look amazing! Perfect snack for the basketball games! :) Have a super great weekend.
    -The Six Sisters

  3. Those look great! I've pinned it for the football season (much bigger in our house)!

  4. These look delicious! I think we are going to have to try these out. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These look very wonderful, mouth watering. Saw them on the hop.

  6. This sounds like a meal in itself. Great weeknight meal. Always looking for a new recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. You made me hungry! I want to make these tomorrow! Yum!
    I would love if you link this to my Link party on Monday!

  8. What a great idea, thanks for sharing! Stopping by from I Heart Nap Time :)

  9. OH goodness my boys would love love these! Can't wait to try :)

  10. Love potato skins. Thanks for sharing your version with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen"

  11. Visiting from Mandatory Mooch...these look great! Please come on by my brand new link party..."Pin it Again" Friday! And...bring your potatoes...I know they would be a hit! Blessings! Diane

  12. Absolutely delicious, Gosh!!!!


  13. These look so awesome! I want some right now and it's only 9 am, lol! I found you at Your Homebased Mom--thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!

    ~Abby =)

  14. My mouth is watering!!! We are going to have to try these. Thanks for linking up to our party!


  15. Sounds great. I like to use baked potatoes with toppings for a meal. I love the tutoral. Thank you.

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  16. Brilliant idea! They sound amazing!

  17. Yup, this is nice. Gotta make some. PINNING> Linda

  18. We have appetizer night once or twice a month. Our kids really look forward to it. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  19. What a great idea! I will have to pin these!

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