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Chili Potato Skins (Leftover Chili Idea)

by Heather

Chili potato skins are a fun and delicious way to use up leftover chili! Once you’ve made a batch of your favorite chili, bake up some potatoes and transform your extra chili into twice baked potatoes with chili! They are super customizable and easy to prep in advance! Plus, you only need 5 ingredients for this meal!

chili potato skins

Chili potato skins

If you’ve been on the looking for leftover chili recipes, this is one to try! We’re turning chili, that you’d normally enjoy with a spoon, into a portable chili potato skin!

The first step is to make your favorite chili (I suggest this easy beef chili recipe – it makes a big batch!).

Next, bake your potatoes.

Lastly, mix all the ingredients together, stuff it into your potato skin, warm and enjoy!

You can make a ton at one time, simply increase the recipe within the recipe card below.

What potatoes should you use in twice baked potato with chili?

The recipe calls for russet potatoes, which work really well.

Baking a sweet potato is another delicious option. The sweetness from the sweet potato pairs really well with the bit of heat from the chili.

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Are twice baked potato healthy?

Yes! Twice baked potatoes are filled with real food and doesn’t include overly processed ingredients.

Potatoes (and sweet potatoes) are higher carbohydrate foods.

If you’re looking for a lower carbohydrate option, you could totally change it from potato skins and stuff the chili in a roasted acorn squash for a lower carbohydrate option.

What you’ll need for chili potato skins

  • russet potatoes
  • sour cream
  • green onion
  • leftover chili
  • cheddar cheese
how to make chili potato skins

How to make chili potato skins

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Prick the potato a few times with a knife.  Bake for 60 minutes, or until soft and a knife easily pricks into the potato.
  2. Allow to cool to the touch, then slice the potato in half (length ways).  Carefully scoop out the potato flesh, leaving a tiny layer near the skin.  You want to try and keep your skin in tact since you’re turning it into a potato skin to stuff. Place the potato skins on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Mash together the potato flesh with the sour cream and green onion.  Stir in the chili.  Once your mixture is ready spoon into the potato skin halves.  Top with cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake the chili potato skins for 10-15 minutes until heated through.
twice baked potatoes with chili

How to reheat twice baked potatoes

Once you’ve made the recipe, here’s how you reheat leftovers. Simply warm the twice baked potatoes with chili in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

If you are prepping the potato skins in advance, I suggest to wait on the final step 4 until you plan to enjoy them.

Substitution ideas

  • Instead of using russet potatoes, use sweet potatoes
  • Use acorn squash for a lower carbohydrate option
  • To keep this recipe dairy free, use a vegan cheese and substitute the sour cream for canned coconut cream
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Chili Potato Skins

Chili potato skins are a fun and delicious way to use up leftover chili! Once you've made a batch of your favorite chili, bake up some potatoes and transform your extra chili into twice baked potatoes with chili! They are super customizable and easy to prep in advance!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, potato
Servings: 2
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potato
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup leftover chili
  • 2 tbsp shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Prick the potato a few times with a knife.  Bake for 60 minutes, or until soft and a knife easily pricks into the potato.
  • Allow to cool to the touch, then slice the potato in half (length ways).  Carefully scoop out the potato flesh, leaving a tiny layer near the skin.  You want to try and keep your skin in tact since you’re turning it into a potato skin to stuff. Place the potato skins on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • Mash together the potato flesh with the sour cream and green onion.  Stir in the chili.  Once your mixture is ready spoon into the potato skin halves.  Top with cheddar cheese.
    how to make chili potato skins
  • Bake the chili potato skins for 10-15 minutes until heated through.
    chili potato skins

Notes

Pre-bake the potato to speed up the cook time for this meal.  If using chilled pre-baked potatoes, increase the warming time by 10-15 minutes to fully heat through.
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!
chili potato skins leftover chili ideas

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XO

Heather

*Originally published in February 2011. Updated December 2020.*

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19 comments

Sophia @ Raven Waves February 16, 2011 - 6:54 am

YUM!! What a great idea. My boyfriend would love these. I’ve never made twice baked potatoes, but I love eating them!

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 5:39 pm

They were actually super simple to make!

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Faith February 16, 2011 - 7:22 am

That’s wonderful Heather! Glad you’re going to meet your budget goal. The chili stuffed potatoes are making me craving them. Your pictures are amazing and the recipe is great. I know hubby would love this. It looks divine.

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Thanks Faith! I hope your hubs does 🙂

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 16, 2011 - 11:15 am

That potato sounds oh so yummy good! Love the chili and cheese in there 🙂

Your budget seems reasonable… hopefully it will work out for you at the end of the month.

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Dana @ Budget Dietitian February 16, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Way to go with getting your food budget figured out! It is hard to do!

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Andrea@WellnessNotes February 16, 2011 - 12:11 pm

Your potatoes look and sound wonderful! Great job with your budget!

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Lauren Austin February 16, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I usually shy away from twice baked potatoes at restaurants because the kind I’ve run across are usually made with bacon. I’ve never been a big fan of bacon. These potatoes, however, look marvelous! And I’ll bet no one would be the wiser that they have no meat or dairy!

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Jenn February 16, 2011 - 6:37 pm

bookmarked!!! ahhh these are so comfort-foodie I can’t wait to make them!!!! I want them now =)

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 16, 2011 - 7:20 pm

I just dropped 140 bucks at Costco today- I have no willpower there 🙁

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 9:21 pm

It adds up so quickly!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner February 16, 2011 - 7:46 pm

Isn’t it amazing how leftovers can taste SO good! Did you find with your chili that the flavors enhanced after it had been refrigerated?

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Yeah it does seem to get better as left overs, must be why it’s such a large recipe too 🙂

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Sophia Lee February 16, 2011 - 8:35 pm

That looks CRAZY good!!! I imagine it would be great with sweet potatoes, too, as I do not have potatoes at the moment. I love how you can have an entire meal in itself.

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 9:20 pm

It was amazing with sweet potatoes! I had sweet potato with mine and the hubs had the russet.

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Nicole, RD February 17, 2011 - 8:05 am

Gorgeous photos! Those potatoes look amazing! I have been craving a good’ol loaded baked potato, too!

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Erica February 17, 2011 - 6:51 pm

Hooray for meeting your budget goals!!!!!! I’m a stuffed potato fanatic! I just posted my own version. Seriously- its so fun to switch up ingredients and I feel like the outcome is always delicious. Yum yum

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Get Healthy with Heather February 18, 2011 - 5:17 am

I saw your version, they looked so tasty! Now that I’ve finally made them it will definitely become a regular in our house.

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