Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

Sides · May 8, 2018

After having these Twice Baked Potatoes, you’ll never want regular baked potatoes again! These super easy Twice Baked Potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings! For being such a delicious side, they are SO easy!

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Super Easy Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

I had never even heard of Twice Baked Potatoes until I was married. That may be odd for some since they’ve had them and made them for a very long time, but it’s a new side dish that we absolutely love. I was surprised I hadn’t had these as a child because we always had potatoes as side dishes, but we typically had mashed or regular baked potatoes. Now that we have been shown how to make the BEST Twice Baked Potatoes, I have a feeling we will never want to have regular baked potatoes again. Since they are filled with sour cream, bacon and cheese, it’s hard not to love this recipe.

For those of you who are in the same boat I was, and haven’t heard of twice baked potatoes, let me explain to you how amazing they are. Essentially, they are baked in the oven like a normal potato, cooled, the insides are spooned out, mixed with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and all kinds of other delicious stuff, put back in the skins, and baked a second time. Sounds amazing, right?? They do take a little time, but I promise they are well worth it. When I discovered twice baked potatoes, I was excited to try them out and was even more excited when I learned how easy they were to make!

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How to make Twice Baked Potatoes:

Like I said before, Twice Baked Potatoes do require more time than regular baked potatoes, but the same amount of effort. The most time consuming part is baking them in the oven!

  1. Star by piercing the potatoes with a fork several times, and baking them for an hour at 400°. Once they come out of the oven, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Cut potatoes in half and spoon out most of the potato insides, and place them in a bowl. Brush the oil mixture over the tops and bottoms of each potato skin.
  4. Mix about 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, bacon pieces, and salt and pepper with the insides of the potatoes. Mix well.
  5. Spoon mixture back into potato skins. Sprinkle potatoes with cheddar cheese and bake for 16-18 more minutes.

Twice baked potato recipe

We always run out of these potatoes at functions since most people end up grabbing two. Just note that it should make fewer than double the amount of the potatoes you cook. So if you made 10 potatoes, it will probably make about 18 (20-2). And you can add any other ingredients (like chives, etc.) depending on what you like. 🙂

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Twice Baked Potato Recipe

After having these Twice Baked Potatoes, you'll never want regular baked potatoes again! These super easy Twice Baked Potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings! For being such a delicious side, they are SO easy!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 26 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 328 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 6-8 potatoes
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp grate parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 4-6 slices cooked bacon (chopped/cut up)
  • salt and pepper to tast


  1. Begin by piercing your potatoes with a fork in several places. Bake potatoes for an hour at 400 degrees.

  2. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl combine oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper. Mix well.

  4. Cut potatoes in half and spoon out most of the inside of the potatoes and place in a bowl.
  5. Brush the oil and Parmesan mixture over the tops and bottoms of each potato skin.
  6. Mix in 1 cup or so of cheese, sour cream (you can use more or less to your liking), cut up bacon and salt & pepper with the insides of the potatoes. Mix well.
  7. Spoon mixture back into potato skins. You usually can fill fewer potatoes than you had if you have them filled a little higher than the skins sides (Throw away excess skins). Sprinkle potatoes with cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake at 400 for 16-18 more minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Twice Baked Potato Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Potassium 632mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 10.8%
Vitamin C 18.2%
Calcium 25.7%
Iron 24.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

And for the casserole version of this recipe, check out: Twice Baked Potato Casserole


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    Britney Mills

    Always a fan of twice baked potatoes! Sometimes we put a few cut up green onions on them and with the bacon, they taste fabulous! Thanks!
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    Pinning this as I’ve always wanted to make these at home! Only change I’d make is, I’d not throw away the extra skins. That’s my favorite part LOL!
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    Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    We love twice baked potatoes! I love how they are essentially leftovers, yet somehow, they taste dressier than the original baked potatoes!
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    Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    Oh I love twice baked potatoes and they are easy, but take time. When I’m in a crunch I make a twice baked potato casserole so I don’t have to stuff those things again!
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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    I grew up with these babies! SO delish! I sprinkle some fresh chopped bacon on top for an even better treat 🙂
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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    You made these look so tantilizing! Love these! Pinning!
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    Oh these look so delicious!!! I wonder if you could substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream……….what do you think??


    I’ve never heard of twice baked potatoes, but they look amazing to me. Can’t wait to try!
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      Lil' Luna

      Thanks, Stephanie! Let me know if you try them… would love to hear what you think. 🙂


    We are potato eaters and we love twice baked potatoes! You can make them to fit your tastes so easily!
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    We made these quite often as a family meal, with extras to sprinkle on top like sunflower seeds and chopped scallions or chives. Easy, inexpensive, delicious!
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    about how long do you baked the potatoes the first time


    I would never throw away left over potato skins…add some butter or OVOO to the inside..fold in half and bake until crispy…then EAT!

      Lil' Luna

      Good idea!! 😉

        Joye Gulley

        Please send me any recipes that you have for one.

          Kristyn Merkley

          There are quite a few you could adapt, you’ll just have to go through & find ones you like. You could half the recipes & freeze some 🙂


    hey,can u suggest smthng vegetarian instead of bacons..can i try mushrooms instead..or smthn else??

      Lil' Luna

      You can definitely use mushrooms, scallions or any other veggie you enjoy with potatoes! ;D

    amy mcgill

    I like to bake ALOT of potatoes and make a big batch of stuffed potatoes—then I wrap each on in cling wrap and put in gallon freezer bags. They last along time in freezer and love how I can take out as many as I need.


    Made these and they were so great. I tubbed some oil on mine for the forest portion of baking to get those skins nice and crispy ^.^

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so glad! Thank you so much for giving them a try!!

    Joye Gulley

    Do you ever publish recipes for one? I live alone and many of your recipes
    make way to much even when cut in half.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I have some that work for one, but I’m used to cooking for 7, so my meals are big. You could always freeze what you don’t use, when you half it? I have lots of sandwiches, salads, etc that would be great.

        Joye Gulley

        I am a vegetarian so I don’t need any that contain meat.

    Hester le Roux

    Love potatoes, will bake them. All your receipies look’s yummie. Thanks

    Emily Gambill

    I am thinking of putting these together the night before, refrigerating, then final cooking them for dinner the next day. I’m wondering about how long you’d think it’d take them to cook coming from the refrigerator? maybe an hour? Or do you think doing this would mess them up?

      Kristyn Merkley

      That is a good question! I have not tried, so I’m really not sure. The potatoes are cooked, so I don’t think they’d need an hour. Set the timer for the instruction amount, then you could add a few minutes at a time. Hope that helps!

    Delynn Patterson

    Hey! I made your potatoes then wrote about it on my blog stylingonpurpose.com, it is under the menu “Cooking On Purpose”. Yummy!

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