Lenten Challenge 2013 Day 21: Fiesta Stuffed Potatoes

Fiesta Stuffed Potatoes (morning prep time <5 minutes; evening prep time about 15 minutes)

6 baking potatoes, scrubbed and patted dry
1 15oz can refried beans
2 T sour cream
1 package of Ranch seasoning (optional)
1 t cumin
1 t garlic powder
1 t paprika
1/2 t chili powder (to taste)
1/2 t salt
pinch of black pepper
1 c shredded cheddar, divided

First thing in the morning, place baking potatoes in your slow cooker and cook on low 6-12 hours, depending on how long you need to be away (note: you can microwave or bake the potatoes, but the slow cooker kept the total prep time under 20 minutes). Fifteen minutes before serving, preheat your broiler, with rack at second highest position. Remove potatoes from slow cooker and slice in half lengthwise. To form potato “cups,” gently scoop out insides of potatoes, leaving about 1/4 inch of skin. Place potato “innards” in a large bowl and mash together with remaining ingredients, reserving 1/2 c of cheese. Fill potato skins with mashed filling. Place on a broiler-safe pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil 3-5 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Vegans can skip the cheese and sour cream, maybe adding a little vegan milk to make the mashing easier.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

2 Responses to Lenten Challenge 2013 Day 21: Fiesta Stuffed Potatoes

  1. This sounds great for a healthy meal any night of the week. it will serve the needs of my vegetarian sons, my gluten-intolerant husband and daughter as well as everyone’s love of the spud. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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