Chili-Topped Taters Recipe

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I usually bake extra potatoes in anticipation of making this recipe. When our kids come in from sledding, I just reheat the potatoes in the microwave, top them with the chili..and they have a warm, hearty lunch—Marlys Withrow-Hill, Walsenburg, Colorado
MAKES:6 servings
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 744 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 926mg sodium, 100g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 15g fiber), 47g protein.


  1. Scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add beans, tomato sauce and seasonings; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut an X in the top of each with a sharp knife. Fluff pulp with a fork; top with chili and cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
If you prefer a soft-skinned potato, wrap in foil or brush with oil before baking.
Originally published as Chili-Topped Taters in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p191

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