Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

When one of you commented last week that you’d like to see inexpensive dishes to feed a crowd, I thought of this one right away.  I don’t normally publish two recipe posts in one week, but this is your lucky week!  🙂

I actually made this for supper last night because I didn’t have proper pictures from last year when I made this dish for our college kids.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Our two, who shared an apartment together, were in the middle of final exams.  We live less than an hour away, and we’d tried to take them to dinner over the weekend.  They begged off because they were too busy with their finals week ahead.

What??  That’s unheard of!  They never turned down a free meal “out” before.  Something was terribly wrong!

One of them said they had no clean clothes to wear, either, and no time in sight for washing.  Yikes!

HH had a great idea.  We’d surprise them with a hot meal, a clean house, clean clothes, clean sheets and towels…the works.  We love to be sneaky with good  surprise visits like this one.

One afternoon early the next week, we set out armed with a prepared potato taco bake…

Potato Taco Bake

a Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix…

Finals Week Surprise

a seedless watermelon…

Finals Week Surprise

several toppings, and cleaning supplies.

Yum, these smelled delicious!  (Much like my Ruby Tuesday HACK! Cheddar Cheese Biscuits.)

Finals Week Surprise

I could hardly wait to hear from our two studying fiends after they arrived home that night and found all these goodies – and a sparkling clean apartment.

We received appreciative texts later that night when they discovered the surprise.  Finally we’d found a way to help them with final exams!

To make this potato taco dish, bake six medium-sized potatoes and chop each into eight chunks.  Place in an oblong casserole dish that’s prepared with vegetable spray.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Top with ground beef prepared with taco seasoning.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Top with shredded cheddar.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Dish onto a plate.  Add lots of garnishes – your choice of:

cooked whole kernel corn
salsa
sour cream
chopped green onions
sliced black olives

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Here’s your recipe to print and share.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake
 
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A full-flavored Mexican taco dish with lots of veggies and garnishes.
Kim:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 medium baking potatoes
  • 1 to 1-1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: cooked whole kernel corn, salsa, sour cream, chopped green onions, sliced black olives
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.. Chop each into 8 pieces and place in vegetable oil prepared oblong casserole dish.
  2. During final 15 minutes of potatoes baking, cook ground beef and strain away grease. Add taco seasoning packet and 1 cup water. Continue cooking for 5 minutes on low, covered. Pour over potatoes in casserole dish.
  3. Top with shredded cheddar, cover, and bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  4. Serve on plate and load on the toppings! Add tortilla chips, Doritos, or Fritos. Enjoy!

Serve with tortilla chips, Doritos™, or Fritos™.

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

A better way to serve this for a large crowd is buffet-style.  Our Sunday School class does this at Christmas time.  Everyone gets a baked potato and adds the taco meat and other toppings – each to his or her own particular liking.  It’s very easy and fun!  (I designed this taco bake method for easier transport.)

Are there other toppings you would add to this list?  Please share in the comments section so everyone can benefit.  🙂

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. Roxanne says

    Hey Kim! I’m the one who made the request, and this looks delicious!! I love the option of making it into a casserole or serving the baked potatoes. My church Small Group is actually taking dinner to a children’s home this week and serving loaded baked potatoes; these would be yummy toppings! What a lovely, thoughtful surprise for your college kids too. I retired from Clemson University where I was an Academic Advisor, and heartily approve of this idea for finals week.

    • says

      Thank you. Yes! I didn’t want to use your name without your permission, so thanks for raising your hand. 😉 I hope this will be one that your small group enjoys. It’s good that we live so close to campus so we can do things like this.

    • says

      Thanks, Jenna. Yes, poor HH had to hardest task – cleaning mold from Fun Son’s shower. Yikes! That kid doesn’t seem to know how to clean. Hope he gets over that now that he’s on his own!

  2. Pam Crouse says

    What wonderful parents you both are! Thank you for this recipe. I like to help my very busy sister with 3 very busy teens and a full time job by bringing her dinner. However, I can’t cook without lots of spices, and only half her family can eat my food! Hahaha! (I don’t understand and can’t seem to cut back.) So this looks like I could actually do it without adding more spices, yet it would be fun and tasty besides. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that taco seasoning works for her.

    • says

      For the moment we were wonderful parents, anyway. 😉 I hope your sister and 3 teens like this recipe and that the taco seasoning isn’t too spicy for them. I’m sure your sister values your help very much! Happy Wednesday!

    • says

      Thank you, Shannon. Our son was in higher level courses at the time with many tough projects due along with final exams. So glad he’s over that hump and on his own. I hope your family enjoys the recipe, and making a potato bar is really fun, too. Hope your week is going great!

  3. says

    I like the idea of using the meat mixture as a topping for a baked potato and what I like most is that it appears to be a recipe that doesn’t require spending all day in the kitchen.
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    • says

      I make a batch of taco meat often – and bake a potato for lunch. Taco meat is a delicious replacement for butter and sour cream. I often have just those two together. It satisfies a craving for something hearty. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

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