baked potato bar

One of my favorite camp meals is a baked potato bar. I’m typically not a huge potato fan – exception of truffle fries – but every once in a while nothing sounds better than a baked potato bar. The Taster was telling me about his massive baked potato bar at work and I knew I needed it in my life. Stat. His corporate lunch room has every topping you can think of – but our camp version is much more basic – and still delicious – with green onions, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.

Potatoes are on the filling side to begin with (resistant starch!) and when you add toppings in forms of veggies, protein and some fat, you’ve got a pretty inexpensive, filling meal. The possibilities are endless and you probably have a number of the ingredients at home right now!

Baked Potato Topping Ideas:

  • sauteed mushrooms
  • sauteed greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • steamed broccoli
  • caramelized onions
  • roasted garlic
  • green onions
  • fresh tomatoes/salsa
  • chili (we used Black Bean)
  • bacon crumbles
  • cheese (cheddar, blue, smoked gouda, etc.)
  • sour cream
  • olives

We used a combination of chili, sauteed mushrooms and bacon, broccoli, cheese, sour cream and green onions. Load your potato up and dig in!

Baked Potato Tip: Wash and clean desired number of potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and rub all over potatoes to coat them completely with olive oil and salt. Bake at 400° F for about 45 minutes (depending on potato size) until crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.

What is your favorite potato topping? I’m sure I’m missing some good ones!


  1. says

    i loved potato bar days back in elementary school too! my fav topper then was bacon and cheese. now i really like hummus. this may need to be dinner soon :)

  2. says

    LOVE loaded baked potatoes! It would be sin for me not to; I’m from Idaho!

    I’m happy with the classics: cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa and green onions. However, blue cheese or goat cheese + caramelized onions (love your idea) would be amazing!

  3. says

    I love baked potatoes with pretty much anything on them! I love the idea of a baked potato bar… I wonder if I convince them to add one to my lunchroom at work ;)

  4. says

    Mmm, I love baked potatoes! Sweet or regular are awesome! I love putting cold cottage cheese on them sometimes, since I rarely roll with sour cream…I don’t know why, I just got into it :P And for sweet taters, I use brown sugar and butter all the way! Love your tips! :)

  5. says

    We have a BBQ restaurant in my home town that does a BBQ chicken baked potato. A potato stuffed with shredded BBQ chicken and it is so good! I’ve recreated it with BBQ ground beef as well. Something about that combo I love!

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