October 29, 2014

Black Bean and Avocado Loaded Baked Potatoes

One of the perks to living in Seattle is our mild winter climate and lack of snow - delicious coffee, proximity to the mountains, clean crisp air, etc etc. I'll shut up now. This means that if you want to BBQ in your underwear in January, then you do it. You'll be cold, probably get a little wet from the 4 months of drizzle that starts at the end of November and continues into February, but you can be rest assured that your personal bits wont be suffering from any below the belt frostbite. Because it doesn't snow or freeze here, there is no need to store the BBQ for the winter. We don't have to worry about our pipes freezing, plugging in our cars, snow tires, ice scrapers, shoveling the driveway, and most importantly we have no need to spend 5 months talking about the weather, the snow and the storms. This free ups lots of small-talk-time that can be dedicated to interesting topics like food and world events. Canadians love to talk about the weather. It's how we small talk. It's safe and it's easy, and a guaranteed conversation starter. It drives me insane.

Because we can grill in the winter, this means that around the half way point, when we want to scream f.u. to soups, stews, and casseroles, we can crank the heat, change into that cute skirt you bought at Anthropolgoie as an impulse purchase and wore once, and pretend it's summer - by drinking copious amounts of margaritas, and baking potatoes and then filling them with delicious Mexican ingredients. But, if you live somewhere where grilling isn't an option in the winter, you can still enjoy my fake summer experience, but simply baking the potatoes in the oven, and bonus, residual oven heat.

I created this Mexican inspired baked potato last week, while Brent was away on business, and I decided to stop eating cereal for dinner. In the summer, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes with sour cream and chives are MY THING. Twice a week, every week, from June until September. I live for potatoes - scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, french fries - OMG so many possibilities. Is anyone now craving french fries, with gravy, and cheese curds? because I know I am. So, I decided to bake a few potatoes, because I am missing summer, can you tell? and load them up with corn, black beans, garlic, cheese, avocado, sour cream, chives, and hot sauce, and ohmagod, are they amazing. They are my new go-to for every meal. The combinations of flavors is so incredible, and who doesn't love a loaded baked potato.

makes 2 potatoes

2 baking potatoes
1 tbsp oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 - 15 oz can (1 1/2 cups) black beans
1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup water
dash of salt
hot sauce to taste
1/2 cup cheddar
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup sour cream
1 chive, sliced

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Scrub the potatoes. Cut a slit down the middle, lengthwise. Wrap in tinfoil, and place in the oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, or until soft to squeeze.

While the potatoes are baking, in a large frying pan, fry the garlic and black beans for a few minutes on low heat. Add the corn, green peppers, and water and simmer until the water has evaporated. Season with salt and hot sauce.

Cut open the potatoes, sprinkle with cheese, top with the black bean mixture, sliced avocado, sour cream, and chives. Season with hot sauce.


  1. HELLO beautiful! I am all about a baked potato for dinner. This looks so delicious I want to kiss it!

  2. The weather in Seattle sounds remarkably similar to the UK albeit we've never let a little bit of consistent drizzle curb our ability and desire to talk about the weather. That said, I'd happily eat loaded baked potatoes any time of the year and I love the Mexican flavours in your version. Too good.

  3. Taaappppaatttiiiiooooooo! Also, we've moving to Portland next month! I wanna meet you in person whenever we make our way up to Seattle! mkay?

  4. what a gorgeous potato! though it sounds to me like it's the Canadian in you that would allow you to winter barbecue outdoors minimally attired; your neighbours from various states south of you might be less keen to do so. ;)

  5. I would definitely go for one of these potatoes on a chilly night! You have to love how easy it is to make a full meal out of a baked potato and an armful of toppings. Yay!

  6. Erin Alaimo29 October, 2014

    Beautiful pictures & great blog! As a fellow RD and food lover, I look forward to trying out several of these recipes in the future.

  7. Mmm, I love potatoes! Tomorrow I'm blogging about how they are actually a lot healthier than people think! I think you have a typo "if you live someone where"

  8. I honestly can't imagine you eating cereal for dinner! You always post such delicious food! I love making this with sweet potato and add corn kernals for an extra pop =D But I'm too impatient and half-cook the sweet potato before popping them into my super-slow oven.

  9. I love roast potatoes - this looks super delicious!

  10. Looks delicious! This kind of jacked potato reminds me the kumpir I had in Istambul...

  11. Why do I forget about loading up baked potatoes!? - it's one of the easiest, versatile, delicious meals you can make. Love your take on it...

  12. I'm not normally a fan of baked potatoes but these... these look delicious, and these I will devour! I'm Canadian too, it's so true that we love to talk about the weather, haha.

  13. So happy to have found your blog - this dish looks positively delicious! I adore avocado and black beans no to mention baked potatoes - YUM!!!

  14. New reader here! First, I have to say how much I adore Seattle. I went on vacation there for the first (and only so far, much to my disappointment) time and basically didn't want to leave. I wanted to find a hidey hole in Pike's Market and just stay there forever, living in a cubby and only coming out to eat the wonderful food Seattle has to offer. Okay, and see the sights. Oh, and talk to everyone, who happen to ALL be SO friendly. Seattle is my happy place, even after just one visit.

    Second, I need this baked potato. Just delicious looking! My husband made these stellar baked potatoes not too long ago with ghost pepper salt, bacon, and cheese.

  15. I could eat potatoes everyday, so so so delicious, especially with toppings like these! I really like your space here, happy to have found it :)

  16. Cheers to potatoes! I love baked potatoes the most during the cold winter months (yes, here in Scandinavia it definitely gets cold), but honestly, they're a kind of comfort food year round. In love with your toppings!

  17. Your baked Potato takes the Cake! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. - Sam Davis