Tex-Mex Stuffed Potatoes

July/August 1994

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Stuffed baked potatoes are a great family-friendly weeknight supper. Here we stuff them with fresh cilantro, salsa and Jack cheese for lots of flavor and cook them in the microwave to make them quick and easy. Make it a meal: Round out the meal with Orange & Avocado Salad.

Tex-Mex Stuffed Potatoes

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 4 baking potatoes, (1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons prepared tomato salsa
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Monterey Jack, or sharp Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)


  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork and wrap individually in a double thickness of paper towels. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Rotate the potatoes and microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes more. Unwrap the potatoes and let cool slightly.
  2. Cut off a 1/4-inch-thick slice along the top of each potato. Carefully hollow out the potatoes with a melon baller or teaspoon, leaving the shells. Put the insides in a medium bowl, and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add sour cream, buttermilk, cilantro and salsa; mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the shells with the potato mixture. Arrange the potatoes in a microwave-safe pie plate or baking dish. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on High until heated through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the potatoes with cheese and serve.


Per serving: 128 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 21 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 4 g fiber; 231 mg sodium; 737 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (41% daily value), Potassium (21% dv), Calcium (17% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 high fat meat, 1/2 fat

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