Tex-Mex Baked Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Tex-Mex Baked Potatoes
Credit: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

Recipe Summary

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 1 hr 40 mins

Total: 1 hr 55 mins

Serves: 4

Nutrition Info


Ingredients

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  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15.5-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

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  • Step 1: Bake potatoes. IN THE OVEN: Preheat oven to 375°F. Scrub potatoes and pat dry. Prick all over with a fork. Rub lightly with vegetable oil; sprinkle with salt. Place on oven rack and bake until a knife inserted in center of potato slides in easily, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. IN THE MICROWAVE: Scrub potatoes. Prick all over with a fork. Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate; microwave on high 4 minutes. Turn potatoes over and microwave until a knife inserted in center of potato slides in easily, 6 to 8 minutes longer. Cooking time will vary depending on the microwave.
  • Step 2: In a skillet over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat has browned. Drain off fat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and 1/2 tsp. salt; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: Cut a deep cross in tops of potatoes; squeeze open. With a fork, fluff up centers. Season with salt and pepper. Top potatoes with beef mixture, avocado and scallions.

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