In this post: Tired of the same old game day snack trays? Try these Loaded Baked Potato Slices. Game Day will never be the same! 


This easy-to-make appetizer tastes just like loaded baked potatoes – but these loaded baked potato slices are portable for any game night or party! Plus, there are soooo many topping options!

Loaded baked potato slices on a white tray.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This loaded baked potato recipe:

  • is quick and easy to make
  • doesn’t require fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients
  • is totally adaptable to any dietary restrictions or allergies (see below for ideas)

The Best Potatoes for Loaded Baked Potatoes

The best potatoes for a traditional loaded baked potato are starchy potatoes like russets, Yukon gold, and sweet potatoes. These potatoes fall apart and mash easily which is great for loaded baked potatoes! However, loaded baked potato slices need to hold their shape, so you’ll want to use waxy potatoes like purple, red, and blue potatoes. My personal favorite potatoes to use for this recipe are medium-large red potatoes!

Red potatoes, sour cream, cheese, butter, bacon, and green onions on a counter.

Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potatoes

  • Red potatoes: when cooked, these potatoes will hold their shape. 
  • Sour cream: you can also use a dairy-free/vegan substitute.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: a dairy-free/vegan substitute will work too!
  • Bacon: go ahead and use turkey, chicken, or even fake-meat bacon instead.
  • Green onions: a spicey, sharp-tasting vegetable that makes a great garnish.
  • Butter (or olive oil): helps the potato slices crisp up in the oven.
  • Salt: add to taste.
  • Black pepper: a smoky, spicy seasoning.

Variations

  • Try using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.
  • Roast some garlic and add it to the dish.
  • Top with fresh chives.
  • Try adding chili or beans as a topping.

How to Make Loaded Baked Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.Potato slices laid out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Slice the potatoes into about ½-inch thick rounds and lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush melted butter over them.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.Sprinkling cheese on the once baked potato slices.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle cheese over the tops. Put them back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.Placing the toppings on top of the cheesy twice baked potato slices.
  5. Let the potatoes sit for just a couple of minutes and then put a dollop of sour cream on top. Sprinkle with some bacon and green onions.Loaded baked potato slices with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and green onions.
  6. Serve immediately.

How to Make Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes

Making your loaded baked potatoes vegetarian is super simple! All you have to do is swap the bacon for a vegetarian alternative. 

How to Serve Loaded Baked Potato Slices

You could serve loaded baked potato slices as an appetizer or side dish to mains like:

Or you could serve these loaded potato slices with sides and appetizers like:

Storing Leftovers

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also store your leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. It would be best if you stored your potato slices separate from the toppings, as the potatoes will have to be reheated but the baked potato toppings shouldn’t be.

Reheating Frozen Potatoes

  • Oven (preferred method): preheat oven to 350° F. Lay potato slices out in a single layer on a baking dish. Cover with a layer of aluminum foil and bake for 5-15 minutes or until the potato slices are hot and crisp.
  • Microwave: place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 1-3 minutes or until the potatoes are warm. Be advised, this method will leave the potato slices kind of soft and floppy – not really useful for eating with toppings!
Loaded baked potato slices on a white platter.

FAQs

What is the best type of potato for baking?

The best potato for baking is potatoes of the high-starch variety – Yukon gold, sweet, and russet potatoes. But if you want to make loaded potato slices, you’ll fair better with firm potatoes like red potatoes.

Can I make a loaded sweet potato using the same recipe?

A sweet potato will work great for traditional loaded baked potatoes but I can’t guarantee it’ll work as well for loaded potato slices. However, if you could find a firm sweet potato (similar to a yam), it might just work!

Can I make this recipe in the microwave?

You could try, but I don’t know if it would work! It’s important for the potato slices to get crispy – as they do in the oven – so they will hold the toppings you want to add. The microwave will cook the potato slices, but it will leave them soft!

Can I prep this in advance?

For sure! You can slice your potatoes and bake them ahead of time. Then you just store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to reheat, top, and eat them!

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten-free: this recipe is already gluten-free, so no need to worry about that!
  • Vegetarian: omit or replace bacon with a vegetarian alternative.
  • Dairy-free: use dairy-free sour cream, butter, and cheese substitutes.
  • Vegan: use vegan sour cream, butter, cheese, and bacon substitutes.

More Appetizer Recipes

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loaded potato slices with cheese, bacon and green onion pieces on a white plate

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy-to-make appetizer that tastes just like loaded baked potatoes!

Ingredients

  • 5-6 Red Potatoes
  • 1-2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1-2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 pieces Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 3 tbsp Butter, melted
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Slice the potatoes into about ½-inch thick rounds and lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush melted butter over them.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle cheese over the tops and put back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Let the potatoes sit for just a couple of minutes and then put a dollop of sour cream on top. Sprinkle with some bacon and green onions.
  6. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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