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25 Best Baked Potato Toppings

Updated on March 23, 2012

Bake 'em, Top 'em, Stuff 'em!

Looking for ways to dress up that boring baked potato? Here's a list to get you started, along with some potato baking tips and more.

What's the weirdest baked potato topping you've ever heard of?

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Typical Toppings

1. Butter

Load it on! Yum. Hey, nobody ever said this was a healthy list.

2. Sour cream

To go "light", use fat free sour cream and skip the butter.

3. Cheese

Cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, brie, any cheese is great!

4. Bacon bits

Or cook up some turkey bacon and crumble it.

5. Sauteed mushrooms

This is one of my absolute favorite potato toppings!

Baked Potato Image from CookingLight
Baked Potato Image from CookingLight

Stuff it!

6. Steamed broccoli

Make it feel a little healthier.

7. Salsa

Turn up the heat!

8. Chili

Add some meaty goodness to your potato to make it a main course.

9. Hot peppers

Banana peppers, jalapenos, habaneros. Yum!

10. Black olives

Or green olives? Okay, not sure about that one...

Best Baked Potato Tips

Choose potatoes that are all about the same size so they're all finished about the same time.Scrub your potatoes before baking them.Wrap the potatoes in foil.Pierce the potatoes a few times with a fork and then rub with olive oil for best results.Be patient, baked potatoes take a while!


Get Creative.

11. Ranch dressing

Or bleu cheese! Or bleu cheese crumbles... oh boy.

12. Chives

Need I say more?

13. Black beans

Or red beans even.

14. Meat

Shrimp, steak, grilled chicken, shredded pork. The possibilities are endless here!

15. Cream Cheese

There are lots of different cream cheese flavors out there. Try them all!

A Little Healthier?

16. Seasonings

Try chopped fresh basil, cilantro, oregano, or dill. Crushed red pepper or seasoned salt.

17. Sauces

Hot sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, BBQ, alfredo, nacho sauce, spaghetti sauce (don't knock it til ya try it!).

18. Hummus

Garlic hummus is delish.

19. Garden veggies

Bell peppers, onions, even carrots.

20. Grilled Onions

Sauté them with the mushrooms for a double delight!

Make it a meal.

21. Pasta

Oh come on, why not add another starch in the mix?

22. Shepard's Pie

Ground beef, sauce (of your choice), cheese and corn.

23. Salad

Top your baked potato with some salad mix, and add in avocado for some healthy fats.

24. Mex it up

Green bell pepper, mozzarella, onions, taco seasoning, and salsa.

25. Pizza

Cheese, sauce, pepperonis, mushrooms = dinner!

Weirdest Potato Toppings EVER

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      7 years ago

      Nothing savoury is too weird for a jacket potato.

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      7 years ago

      We had baked potatoes last week for tea. I cooked them in the microwave as we were in a hurry. I cooked them for 5 mins and turned them over and another 5 mins and then let them stand for 10 mins before cutting open and stuffing. I made a topping of the following sautéed together - bacon, onion, leek, celery, cauliflower and red capsicum with a little crushed garlic. stuffed this into a spud with some butter and topped with a bit of grated cheese YUM

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Meatballs with Cheese, Beetroot and Onions :-)

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      Don't know about weird. I love my straight with butter AND salt.

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      7 years ago

      nc u'r lens.. :)

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      7 years ago

      I love a chili cheese potato!

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      7 years ago

      I've actually never had a baked potato like that before... so all of them. All of the toppings. Lol

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      7 years ago

      I don't have a weirdest topping but I do love some blue cheese crumbles and bacon on mine!

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      7 years ago

      I'm not even gonna lie - this makes me so stinkin' hungry! I've been on the Nutrisystem diet for 4 weeks - I love it, I'm losing, and it's not too hard. BUT - looking at these cheesy bacony potatoes makes it tougher :)

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      Marisa Horn 

      7 years ago from Rintown Pa

      I love baked potatoes and this is making me hungry. Great lens

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think your lens is wonderful. Baked potatoes are so versatile, any topping is good on them. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      7 years ago

      Not sure i really think there are any weird topping ideas. We do a baked potato bar for dinner a few times a month in hotter months and some of the favorites around here are pizza, cheddar veggie, chili cheese, texas bbq, and traditional.

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      7 years ago

      Weirdest. I don't know. But I'm a big fan of chili and cheese on mine. I like the sound of the shepherd's pie combination.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: How bout peanut butter? LOL

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      7 years ago

      I don't put anything on a baked potato other than some butter. Adding the cheese and bacon bits to it sounds yummy though.

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      7 years ago

      I love the full works on my baked potatoes!

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      7 years ago

      I've never put anything weird in my baked potato. I do love them filled with chili and cheese.

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      7 years ago

      When I was pregnant, I would put banana peppers on mine! :)


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