THIS is the sweet potato skins recipe you’ll want to make for every football game! Learn how to make sweet potato skins – they’re full of flavor and make a great appetizer OR light meal. These loaded sweet potato skins are made right in the sweet potato skin and are filled with bacon, chicken, onion, mushroom, avocado, AND paleo ranch. OMG. Paleo or not, everyone who tries these baked sweet potato skins loves them!
I served the paleo potato skins up with some homemade ranch dressing, and they were gone in about 2.2 seconds. I think that’s a good sign, don’t you?
How To Make Sweet Potato Skins
Making stuffed sweet potato skins doesn’t have to be stressful! Let me show you how to make sweet potato skins:
- Bake sweet potatoes. Bake the potatoes in the oven. Once they are soft, slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato flesh.
- Cook the sweet potato filling. In a large skillet, brown the bacon and chicken then set aside and cook the onions and mushrooms in the same pan.
TIP: You can cook the onions and mushrooms in the bacon fat, but if the pan doesn’t have enough fat, simply add an additional drizzle of avocado oil.
- Broil the sweet potato skins. Drizzle the skins with avocado oil and place skin side up on a baking sheet. Broil until the skin is crisp.
- Fill the homemade sweet potato skins. Fill the sweet potato skin with onions, mushrooms, chicken, and bacon. Add your favorite toppings and drizzle with ranch dressing.
What Are Some Baked Sweet Potato Skin Variations?
There are lots of ideas I have for this baked sweet potato skins recipe that I think you will love. Here are a few things to try:
- Pork Carnitas – Instead of chicken, use some pulled pork instead. The pork is a fantastic flavor with these easy potato skins.
- Regular Potatoes – If you don’t have any sweet potatoes on hand, you can switch them out with any potato.
- Barbecue Sauce – Switch out the ranch dressing for some sugar-free barbecue sauce. It adds a fun flavor to these healthy potato skins.
- Vegetables – Looking to add some veggies to this easy sweet potato skin recipe? No problem, you can add roasted broccoli, cauliflower, or any other vegetables you enjoy.
- Guacamole – Add a spoonful of my homemade guacamole on top of each of the homemade sweet potato skins. The more guac the better!
Is Sweet Potato Skin Good For You?
Yes, eating sweet potato skin is very good for you and rich with potassium, fiber, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and more!
Is This Sweet Potato Skins Recipe Dairy-Free?
Yes, this loaded potato skins recipe is dairy-free. There are many sweet potato skins you can buy commercially or at a restaurant, but most of them are loaded with sour cream and cheese.
With this homemade sweet potato skins recipe, it’s not only dairy-free, but so flavorful that you won’t miss the dairy at all.
How Do You Store Loaded Potato Skins?
Store loaded sweet potato skins in the refrigerator. Just put them in an airtight container without the avocado and dressing, and they’ll last 3-4 days in the fridge.
Heat them up in the microwave for 1 minute or so until they are hot. You can also bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees as well.
Can You Freeze This Sweet Potato Skins Recipe?
Yes, you can freeze these baked sweet potato skins. I always recommend flash freezing them, so they don’t stick to each other. Flash freeze on a baking dish for 2 hours then put them in an airtight container. If you plan on freezing them, don’t add the avocado and dressing until you serve them.
Thaw them in the fridge the night before if possible.
What To Serve With This Sweet Potato Skin Recipe
Honestly, these loaded potato skins are so good you could eat them all by themselves! However, if you want to serve them as part of an appetizer spread, here are more paleo appetizer recipes to try:
- Slow Cooker Carnitas – This pork is incredible. Add it right into the sweet potato skin with some paleo bbq sauce for a delicious twist.
- Paleo Fried Coconut Shrimp – Having a party? This shrimp makes a popular appetizer.
- Bang Bang Cauliflower Recipe – Another popular appetizer recipe, bang bang cauliflower recipe features cauliflower coated in a spicy and sweet sauce.
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings Recipe – Chicken wings, stuffed potato skins, it sounds like game day to me!
- Easy Paleo Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip – The only other appetizer you need. 🙂
Baked Loaded Sweet Potato Skins Recipe:
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Baked Loaded Sweet Potato Skins Recipe
Learn how to make potato skins with this sweet potato skins recipe. Paleo loaded sweet potato skins are packed with so much flavor, you'd never guess they are healthy.
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- 4 medium Sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon Avocado oil (or any fat of choice)
- 4 slices Bacon
- 4 ounces Boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 small Red onion
- 4 ounces Mushrooms
- 1 medium Avocado
- 1/4 cup Green onion (chopped)
- Paleo ranch dressing (for serving)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Preheat oven to 400°F and pierce the potatoes with a fork a few times. Bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour until easily pierced with a knife.
- Preheat your broiler to high. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the very center, save for another use.
In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove and set aside. In the bacon fat add your diced chicken breast and cook until golden on each side and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside with the bacon.
Add the onions and mushrooms to the same skillet. If there's not enough fat, add in a little of your choice. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes, until the onions and mushrooms are soft. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place the skins, skin side up, on a baking sheet and drizzle with your fat of choice. Broil for 3 minutes or until the skin is crisp. Flip and continue to broil another 2-3 minutes, until the skin starts to char just a bit.
- Fill the skins with the onion mushroom mixture, the chicken, and crumbled bacon. Top with diced avocado and sliced green onions. Serve with ranch.
Serving Size: 2 sweet potato skins or 1/4 entire recipe
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)
There is so much goodness packed into these! I cannot wait to try them.
OMG… that looks so nice and delicious:-)