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Cheddar Taco Potato Boats are the perfect irresistible party bites. Make them for you next sports gathering!
With football season starting up again this week, many of us are looking for festive game day recipes for tailgating or football viewing parties. How about making some of these Cheddar Taco Potato Boats cooked on the grill? These are great for sharing at football parties or even for an evening spent plopping on the couch watching your favorite teams play!
Creamy potatoes are grilled until the skin is golden brown, then filled with a spicy beef taco mixture and topped with melted, bubbly cheddar cheese – it doesn’t get any better!
You can bake the potatoes and make the filling ahead of time. Then all you have to do is to scoop, stuff, and bake or grill until the potato boats are heated through.
They’re fun and easy to eat, yet hearty, delicious, and filling.
- ½ lb ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 tbsps hot sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 4 russet potatoes, cooked and cooled
- 2 tbsps unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Scallions, for garnish
- In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, brown beef and onion, breaking up the meat into small chunks, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain grease if necessary.
- Add garlic, tomatoes, hot sauce, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
- Cut potatoes lengthwise in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving a half inch shell. Brush potatoes inside and out with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
- Place potatoes on a grill over medium heat and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes on each side.
- Divide the taco mixture among the potato boats and top with cheddar cheese. Broil or grill (covered) until the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
- Garnish with scallions and serve.
I used El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce which has a great all-purpose use. It packs a little more kick than the average hot sauce but with far less vinegar, so you get the true flavor of the pepper. If you prefer a spicier dish, feel free to substitute all or partly with the green habanero hot sauce which packs a bit more heat than the red sauce.
You can find both hot sauces in the Hispanic Foods aisle at Walmart, which also carries a Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce perfect for those who like the rich, smoky flavor, and a XXX Habanero Hot Sauce (Kutbilik) made with the ripest habaneros for those daring hot sauce lovers!
Are you ready to bring on the flavor for football season? What is your favorite recipe using hot sauce?