Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes


Twice Baked Potatoes! These remind me of the delicious cheese fries you get at steak house restaurants. They’re layered with mashed potatoes, cheddar, ranch, bacon and green onions. Who could resist?

My grandpa was a potato farmer so my family has always been a big time meat and potatoes family.  And trust me my mom makes the best mashed potatoes on the planet!  You can also leaved these potatoes unloaded, without all the extra topping just the cheese and seasoning.  But, for a special occasion, I think you are going to want to load them =).  Enjoy!

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Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

One of my favorite ways to make potatoes! You get a layer of mashed potatoes that's covered with cheddar, ranch, bacon and green onions. So much delicious flavor!

Servings: 12
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 6 large Russet Baking Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 12 oz . medium or mild cheddar cheese (about 3 cups)
  • Season salt
  • 8-10 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 6 green onions , chopped (chives work also)
  • 1 recipe Ranch Dressing , recipe follows

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 heaping Tbsp ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Wash and scrub potatoes, poke each one several times with a fork. Place in oven and bake 400 degrees for 65-70 minutes, or until soft when squished (I don't ever preheat the oven, I don't think it's necessary).
  2. Remove baked potatoes from oven (reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees), slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh into a large mixing bowl, leaving about 1/4 inch of flesh so potato maintains it's shape. Place potato skins on a baking sheet.
  3. Add butter to hot potato flesh in mixing bowl and mash potatoes with a potato masher until no longer chunky. Add in cream, sour cream, salt and pepper and beat potato mixture with an electric mixer until potatoes are smooth and fluffy about 2 - 3 minutes (Note: if you like your potatoes any thinner just add a little bit of milk a few tablespoons at a time to reach desired consistency).
  4. Fill potato skins with mashed potatoes and smooth out tops with a spoon. Sprinkle filled potatoes with cheddar cheese. Sprinkle each potato with about 1/8 tsp season salt (you could do more or less to your taste) and fresh ground pepper to taste. Bake filled potatoes for 15 - 20 minutes (depending on how gooey or crisp you like your cheese).
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle potatoes with crumbled bacon and chopped green onions, and drizzle with ranch dressing. Serve immediately.

Ranch Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well. Cover and let rest in refrigerator 1 hour.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Twice Baked Potatoes
Author: Jaclyn


  • Somi: What cream are you referring to in your recipe. I must say I have been following your recipes and they are not but awesome. Hubby and kids love anything I have made so far using your recipe. Believe I have made a lot. Thanks again. February 15, 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Larry Toombs: WAnt to try this January 2, 2016 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Loaded Baked Potatoes | Brahms and Cupcakes: […] original recipe from here […] May 6, 2014 at 4:49pm Reply

  • shoukry henain: good job January 3, 2013 at 2:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks! January 3, 2013 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Terry: I didn’t have any cream on hand, so I substituted cream cheese. Turned out great! Even my ten year old, who assured me that she does not like potatoes OR cheese, loved them. Thanks! January 26, 2012 at 5:44pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: I have wrapped them with foil before but I think you get a better result not wrapping them in foil for this recipe. I think they produce a better mashed potato when they aren’t wrapped in foil. But sometimes when I’m baking them to eat just a baked potato I drizzle them with olive oil and sea salt then wrap them in foil, just not for this recipe =). December 23, 2011 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Do you wrap the potatoes with foil or anything? December 23, 2011 at 6:06pm Reply

  • Becky {Becky Bakes}: We are making loaded baked potatoes for Christmas. We’ve never really used a recipe. We just stuff them with lots of unhealthy things like butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, etc.! I love the idea of the ranch sauce…I’m going to run that by the hubs:-) December 22, 2011 at 11:19am Reply

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