Cheesy Potato Skins With Vegetarian Bacon Bits

Cheesy vegetarian stuffed potato skins recipe

The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 12 potato skins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
263 Calories
9g Fat
38g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 263
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 963mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Stuffed potato skins are an easy side to any of your favorite mains, but can also be a stand-alone vegetarian dish that goes beautifully with a salad or a bowl of soup. Once scooped out, the skins host a generous filling of cheddar and vegetarian bacon bits, go right into the oven for 10 minutes, and come out bubbly, fully ready for a scoop of sour cream and some pungent green onions. For this recipe, you can choose to bake, boil, or microwave the potatoes beforehand, but we find that cooking them in the oven brings the best results as the skins maintain their shape whereas boiling can break them and microwaving can shrink and make them crispy in some spots. This is an easy recipe for a busy household because everyone can chip in with the assembly of the potato skins, but also personalize their own to taste.

In our recipe, the scooped out potato halves are fried before adding the filling, but if you want to try to keep your fat consumption to a minimum there's always the choice of skipping the frying altogether and simply jumping straight into the filling step, or air frying them with just a spray of olive oil in the appliance's basket. However, by frying the skins the texture improves greatly, and the crunch is irresistible, but that doesn't mean that by skipping it you don't get a lot of flavor too. As for the vegetarian bacon bits, there are a lot of choices at the store. Some will be soy-based or have dairy while others might be a hundred percent plant-based.

We use a vegetarian cheese filling, but you can make your own take on our recipe—cooked beef, shredded cooked chicken, tofu, crumbled tempeh, eggs, tuna salad, or anything you can think of can go into a potato skin. If you don't have dietary restrictions regarding animal products, go ahead and use real bacon. No matter the filling you choose, cover in generous amounts of cheese and bake until crispy!


  • 6 medium potatoes, cooked whole

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/4 cup vegetarian bacon bits

  • 1/4 cup minced scallions

For Topping:

  • Sour cream, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cheesy stuffed potato skins
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  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the soft inside, leaving the skins about 1/3 inch thick.

    Hollow out baked potato
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  3. Deep-fry the potato skins until lightly crisp, about 5 minutes. Allow to drain on paper towels.

    Deep fry potato skins
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  4. Stuff each of the potato skins with cheese and about 1 teaspoon of vegetarian bacon bits.

    Stuff with cheese
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  5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

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  6. Top each potato skin with a spoonful of scallions and a dollop of sour cream.

    Top with scallions and sour cream
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  7. Serve and enjoy!