• Lydia

Taco Style Baked Potatoes with Taco Spiced Quinoa

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

Baked potatoes are a perfect comfort food and I love how easy they are to pop into the oven. This recipe combines the ideal comfort food with the deliciousness of tacos. They are relatively quick (minus how long it takes to bake potatoes), and chances are you have all the toppings in your fridge already. They are vegetarian and dang hearty. I ate only 1 and was happily full. These taco style baked potatoes are so good and the taco spiced quinoa is better than meat in my opinion.


1 cup red quinoa

2 Cups chicken (or veggie) stock

6 large yukon gold potatoes

1 can organic black beans, drained & rinsed

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 head romain lettuce, chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into cubes

3 Tbsp Penzeys Bold Taco Seasoning*

2 Tbsp Penzeys Chicken Taco Seasoning*

olive oil & course sea salt (for potatoes)

Salsa, for serving

Cilantro, for serving

*any taco seasoning will do, but penzeys has the best ones that I have found (and I've tried many!)


Bake potatoes:

Preheat oven to 425F. Wash potatoes and poke them all over with a fork. Rub with olive oil and roll potatoes in course sea salt. Place on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.

Cook quinoa:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. When it starts to shimmer add 2 cloves smashed garlic, 3 Tbsp Bold Taco Seasoning, and 1 cup red quinoa. Saute for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add 2 cups chicken or veggie stock, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook 15 minutes. (refer to package cooking instructions as some cooking times are different depending on type of quinoa).

Cook beans:

In a non-stick pan add olive oil. Once shimmering, add 1 clove smashed garlic, beans, and 2 Tbsp Chicken Taco Seasoning. Cook til hot.

Prep taco toppings:

Shred cheese, dice tomatoes and onions, chop lettuce, cut avocado, chop cilantro, open salsa (my favorite salsa brands are Mrs. Renfros and Mateo's Gourmet Salsa).

When Potatoes are done, let them sit for a couple minutes, then slice 3/4 of way through and add all other ingredients on top of it. Even though it is "taco style" please eat with a fork and knife, not your hands. Enjoy!!

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