10 Ways to Top a Baked Potato

Eat baked potatoes on the regular? These recipes all serve double duty; they're terrific meals on their own, but they also make a great baked potato topping!

Do you love baked potatoes? They’re customizable, load-up-able, portable, and totally good for you -- well, depending on what you pile on top!

How about pulled pork? Or maybe lentil stew? Chorizo and eggs is always a winner! The following recipes all serve double duty. They're great meals on their own, but they also make great toppers for baked potatoes! So whether you want healthy eating or bacon-laced splurging, each ones of these meals will boost your humble potato into the upper stratosphere of dinner satisfaction.

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  • Smoky Vegan Lentil Stew

    Vegan Stew Recipe
    Erin Alderson

    Meatless Monday can last all week long with this tasty, satisfying stew. Not a vegan? No matter. You can top this with cheese, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt. To keep it vegan, try chopped cilantro or cashew cream.

  • Slow Cooker Cider Pulled Pork

    Crockpot Pulled Pork
    Summer Miller

    Seize the concept behind a pulled pork sandwich and turn the bun into a spud! We have pulled pork options for you: slow cooker with cider or slow cooker with Dr. Pepper. For cooking pork on the range, look here. A vinegar-based slaw cuts through the pork nicely; try this one.

  • English Muffin Tuna Melts

    Cheesy Tuna Melt bake until the cheese melts
    Nick Evans

    For a fab pantry meal with a gooey topper, move your favorite tuna melt off the bread. Top the split potato with tuna salad, crown it with your favorite shredded cheese, and bake until bubbly. A white bean and tuna salad makes the tuna go further, plus adds good-for-you fiber. Avocado tuna salad gives a splash of creamy color. And then there’s the straight-up classic tuna salad.

  • Chorizo and Eggs

    Chorizo and Eggs
    Elise Bauer

    Potatoes and chorizo have such an affinity; somehow the potatoes temper the spicy punch of the greasy chorizo. This combo packs the appeal of a giant breakfast burrito, but with a fraction of the calories. Cook up some chorizo crumbles and scrambled eggs, or fry eggs to your liking. Then add a sprinkling of white cheddar and scallions on top. The flavors all go together so well.

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  • Curry Chickpea-Loaded Baked Potatoes

    Baked Potatoes with Chickpeas
    Erin Alderson

    Potatoes are a popular ingredient in Indian cooking, and this recipe adapts that for an easy, chickpea-based curry that’s rich with coconut milk. You can use canned chickpeas or cook your own.

  • Best Ever Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joe
    Elise Bauer

    If you’re eschewing gluten but the rest of the family isn’t, you can make a pan of sloppy joes and everyone will be happy. Plus, leftovers freeze great! We have old-fashioned ground beef sloppy joes, a turkey version, and a lentil-based vegan version. Ah, it’s all so inclusive. Everything is right in Lunchlady Land.

  • How to Caramelize Onions

    How to Caramelize Onions
    Elise Bauer

    Fancy pants time! Who doesn’t adore a mass of caramelized onion? That’s the base. Now add gruyere cheese (or blue cheese), bacon crumbles, and, finally, thyme. This is a stand-alone potato that you can upgrade with a filet mignon if you are so inclined.

  • Kale with Sausage and White Beans

    Kale, Sausage, and White Beans
    Elise Bauer

    This sauté is almost like a soup without the broth. Put it on a potato and you have a meal that sticks to your ribs in style. Top it with grated parmesan if you’d like some cheesiness.

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  • Easy Sautéed Spinach

    Sauteed Spinach Recipe
    Elise Bauer

    This potato gets a Mediterranean flair, and it works with most any green veg you have on hand: broccoli, kale, or even quickly wilted arugula. Start with a garlicky base of speedily sautéed spinach (or sliced zucchini—you could omit the dill, if you like), and build on it with feta crumbles and sliced kalamata olives. Diced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes would be another nice touch.

  • Black Bean Turkey Chili

    Turkey Chili
    Elise Bauer

    That one worldwide fast-food chain (it begins with a W and ends with a Y) became known for chili-topped baked potatoes for a reason. Chili makes potatoes more fun. We have black bean turkey chili, no-bean chili, vegetarian chili, even Cincinnati chili. Don’t tell the chili purists!

  • Bonus: Got leftover mashed potatoes? Make home fries!

  • Home Fries

    Home Fries
    Elise Bauer

    Simple and easy home fries two ways! One recipe starting with raw potatoes, another starting with cooked. Both skillet fried.