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Idaho Tacos

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 655kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • .75 c water
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning 1 – 1.25 oz taco seasoning packet
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 c cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 c green onions chopped
  • 1 c salsa
  • .5 c sour cream


  • Heat oven to 350° degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds. Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water. Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking. Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on the rack in the middle of the oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
  • Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but the flesh beneath feels soft. 
  • When there is about 20 minutes left on the potatoes, heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Cook the ground beef until browned, then drain the excess grease. Stir in taco seasonings and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • With a sharp knife, cut an X in the top of each fresh, hot baked potato. Fluff pulp with a fork.
  • Place each potato on a cookie sheet and top each potato with taco meat and cheese. Broil in the oven on low for 2-5 minutes to melt the cheese. Top with green onions.
  • Serve with bowls of salsa and sour cream.


Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 1517mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1141IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 5mg
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