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Sloppy Joes Potato Skins

Extra crispy potato skins loaded with sloppy joes and melted cheese. Two all-American classics in one appetizer!

Extra crispy potato skins loaded with sloppy joes and melted cheese. Two all-American classics in one appetizer!

Happy Friday, folks! For your weekend snack menu (what? You don’t have such menu?), I prepared these amazing potato skins loaded with all-American classic sloppy joes! Can it get any better than this? Hardly.

I’m a meat-and-potato-forever-and-ever kind of girl! Why do you think I married a rancher? For endless supply of beef, of course! Just kidding… maybe not… 🙂

Extra crispy potato skins loaded with sloppy joes and melted cheese. Two all-American classics in one appetizer!

Anyhow, I didn’t reinvent the wheel here. I simply put together two classics into one, and got an amazing appetizer for meat lovers, like myself. The extra crispy potato skins are the best part, but the sloppy joes topping with added cheese are really what make this appetizer.

To make things easier, you can bake the potatoes a day in advance. But I’d cut them and dig out the potatoes while they’re still warm. Trust me, it’s easier that way. Wrap the skins in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use. With the leftover baked potato flesh, you can make mashed potato, or grate them and make hash browns for breakfast, or make these potato croquettes.

As usual, here are step-by-step photos for your viewing pleasure.

sloppy joe potato skins

Just for fun, I used different colored potatoes here that hubby grew last summer. Well, it was sort of an accident. I realized there were some purples and reds while I was scrubbing them clean, and instead of going back and getting regular russets, I just decided to go with the colored ones.

By the way, have you gotten silicone mats for baking yet? If not, what are you waiting for? They are one of the best inventions out there. Seriously, I use them pretty much every time I put something in the oven. They are so convenient and easy to clean. Get it! Now!

Extra crispy potato skins loaded with sloppy joes and melted cheese. Two all-American classics in one appetizer!

I hope you like some calories, because these are loaded with them! 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!

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Sloppy Joes Potato Skins

Extra crispy potato skins loaded with sloppy joes and melted cheese. Two all-American classics in one appetizer!

Yield: 8


  • 4 medium Russet (or any other baking) potatoes, scrubbed well
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola oil, or better yet, bacon drips)
  • ½ lb (225gr) lean ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Pierce the potatoes with a fork in a few places and bake them until fork tender, about 40 minutes. Cool the potatoes until they are safe to handle, about 30 minutes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out about 70% of potato, leaving about ¼ inch of flesh on the skin to keep the potato skins sturdy. (This step can be done a day in advance.)
  2. Brush some vegetable oil (I used bacon drips) on both inside and outside of the potato skins. Place them on baking sheet lined with foil, or silicone mat, cut side down. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them and bake another 10 minutes to crisp up.
  3.  In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with minced garlic over medium high heat, breaking the meat as it cooks. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Pour the sauce over the meat and add ¼ cup of water. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. If needed, add more water for sloppier filling.
  4. Divide half of the cheese between 8 potato skins, and then divide the sloppy joes filling into the potato skins. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes.
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  1. Can you also brush the potatoes with oil and do this bake in advance before the final bake? Thanks 🙂

  2. I love the different colored potatoes Shinee!  That makes this recipe. Yum! I am not so much the lover of calories, but they sure love me. (!)

  3. How fun!! Love this idea, and love using different potatoes for a bit of added color. Love it!

  4. These look so fantastic and fun to make! Going to try these very soon!

  5. What beautiful stuffed potatoes. We’re having chili tonight and I’m going to use your stuffed potatoes as inspiration for the leftovers – later in the weekend we’ll have fabulous appetizer or a side dish!

  6. What a fabulous hearty appetizer or anytime treat!

  7. Really like the use of different colors of potatoes, especially the purple ones. (I know which one I’d grab first.) Makes them really look great when they’re all lined up.

  8. I love you Shinee marry me kkk. very nice recipes.

  9. I love this version of a favorite comfort food! I just wanted to let you know that I have food blog at Simply Creative Recipes where people can share their photos and I am linking to this post if you don’t mind. You are welcome to share your photos if you’d like. Alyssa

  10. What a perfect idea to use my “famous sloppy joes” recipe for (OK, just in my circle of friends.). 😀 I just might need to do this pretty darn soon.

  11. Looks sooo comforting and delicious. Beef and potato? They are my favorite, too 😀
    The purple one is so cute.

  12. What a great idea to stuff sloppy joes into potato skins! I love that you used the different colors of potatoes!

  13. Craving all of the cheesy and savoury deliciousness of these sloppy joe potato skins.. they look so hearty and comforting!