Today I made these Loaded Potato Skins. Were they good?! Yes they were, they were yummy. These weren’t your traditional potato skins though, you know the bacon, chedder cheese and scallions. I decided to make these with chorizo, mexican queso fresco, cotija cheese, mexican four cheese, scallions and of course the sour cream! Which really I would have used crema mexicana which is kinda like sour cream but I didn’t have any in stock sooo, sour cream it was! 🙂
I just wanted to make them mexicali style and they came out pretty delish I must say!
Chorizo is one of those sausage meats that you can just have with pretty much anything. It’s so versatile. I mean really!! You can add this stuff to eggs, homefries, rice, soups etc….
I have spoken about chorizo in the past but guess what, I’m going to talk a little bit about it again today! 🙂
Chorizo is a type of spicy pork sausage and depending where in the world you are, it is made different. Chorizo is primarily made in Mexico, Spain and Latin America.
If Chorizo is soft (made fresh) it would have to be cooked before eating. And when cooked resembles ground meat in texture. This type of chorizo is usually put in a plastic sleeve casing for sale. Here is an image of the soft cooking chorizo.
Chorizo can also be cured and eaten without having to cook it. It would be sliced instead. This type of chorizo is cured in natural casings made from animal intestines, usually from a pig. This is an image of cured chorizo.
The red and richness in color comes from spicy dried smoked red peppers or smoky paprika.
Mexico offers several types of chorizo not just the pork version. They make it with beef, chicken, deer meat, tofu and even kosher versions of it.
While there is the famous and very well known red chorizo made from red dried peppers and smokey paprika, there is also the green chorizo made with tomatillos, cilantro and other spices giving it its green color.
Now unto the cheeses I used. Queso fresco is mexican cheese that can be crumbled up like feta cheese. It can be found usually in the deli cheese section in your supermarket. If you still have a hard time finding it, you can order it online.
Cotija cheese is a hard cheese that originated in the town of Cotija in the Mexican state of Michoacan. If you can’t find it, don’t worry just exclude it.
The Mexican Four Cheese can be found in your local supermarket in the shredded cheeses section.
After the potatoes are baked and cooled, cut lengthwise and remove some of the potato from each center to fill with goodies. Use a melon scooper or teaspoon.
After filling with chorizo, add crumbled cheese, mexican 4 cheese, cotija cheese and scallions.
Here is what they should look like before placing back into oven to finish cooking.
Serve with crema mexicana or sour cream. Delish!
Loaded Potato Skins
- 2 Pounds small new potatoes (rinsed and baked (can use any small potato))
- 8 Ounces sour cream
- 2 scallions (rinsed and chop)
- 8 Ounces chorizo (removed from casing)
- 8 Ounces 4 cheese mexican cheese (the shredded kind)
- 8 Ounces cotija cheese
Note can use mozzerella cheese
- 1 cup queso fresco (crumbled)
|Rinse new potatoes and bake at 400° F (205° C) for about 30 minutes until fork tender. Set aside to cool. Cook your chorizo with chopped garlic in a skillet over medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes breaking chorizo apart with spoon. When potatoes are cool enough to handle cut lengthwise and scoop some of the potatoes from each half. (Optional: Add the potato that has been scooped and removed to chorizo mixture)|
|Stuff each half with chorizo mixture and top with queso fresco, mexican 4 cheese, sprinkle cojita cheese and top with scallions. Broil for a few minutes until potato is warmed through and bubbly golden brown. Serve immediately.|