This Twice Baked Potato recipe is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with bacon, sour cream, and chives. They’re the ultimate comfort food side dish.

These potatoes cost about $4.56 to make. The recipe makes six servings for just $0.76 per serving.

Try my Crispy Smashed Potatoes, my Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes, and my Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes for more potato recipes.

A close up picture of three finished Twice Baked Potatoes.

Get ready for a creamy, cheesy, crispy side dish that your whole family will love. These make the perfect side dish for most entrees, a summer BBQ, Sunday dinner, and even a holiday meal.

They are loaded with flavor so that you can love them twice as much as plain baked potatoes! Twice Baked Potatoes are easy to make but do take a little bit of time.

They are stuffed with mashed potatoes, cheese, and bacon and are overflowing with goodness. I will show you exactly how to make these Twice Baked Potatoes in my step-by-step directions.

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.76

Recipe Cost: $4.56

  • 6 medium russet potatoes – $1.20
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter – $0.40
  • ½ cup milk – $0.06
  • ¼ cup sour cream – $0.22
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese – $0.96
  • 6 strips bacon – $1.26
  • 1 Tablespoon chives – $0.42
  • 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – $0.03

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

All of the ingredients needed to make this Twice Baked Potato recipe.


  1. First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then, line a baking sheet with foil and a wire rack. 
  2. Next, prep the potatoes by cleaning them, and then rubbing them with oil and pricking them with a fork. 
  3. Bake the potatoes for one hour. 
  4. Cool the potatoes slightly and then hollow the potatoes. 
  5. Make the potato filling and fill the potatoes. 
  6. Top the filled potatoes with cheese.
  7. Finally, bake the potatoes for the second time for 15-20 minutes and cool slightly before serving.

A picture collage showing how to make twice baked potatoes.

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of chives you can use sliced green onions.
  • You can use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.
  • Feel free to use any kind of melty cheese. A Mexican cheese belend would work well, as would Colby, Pepper Jack, and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • You can use low-fat sour cream, just don’t use fat-free.

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep these out for about two hours before they need to be covered and stored in the refrigerator.

STORE: Place the potatoes in a covered container and store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

FREEZE: It’s best to freeze twice-baked potatoes before you bake them the second time. Once the filled potatoes are cooled, place them in a baking pan and cover. Freeze for 1-2 months.

BAKE FROM FROZEN: Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the potatoes in a baking pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until they are heated through.

A fork digging into a Twice Baked Potato.

Cook’s Tools

  • Baking sheets
  • Wire rack
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon

Recipe FAQs

How do you keep twice-baked potatoes from falling apart?

Potatoes falling apart could be due to the type of potato you are using. I recommend using russet potatoes because they have tougher skin that holds up better than other varieties. It could also happen because you scooped out too much of the potato. Be sure to leave ⅛ inch thick shell around the potato.

How long do you heat twice-baked potatoes in the oven?

First, bake the plain potatoes for one hour in the oven. Then after stuffing the potatoes with the filling, bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Why are my twice-baked potatoes gummy?

Sometimes this happens from baking your plain baked potatoes with foil wrapped around them. This can cause the skin to become wet and the inside gummy or soggy. Skip the foil with this recipe when baking the plain potatoes in the oven.

An overhead picture of six finished Twice Baked Potatoes in a baking dish.

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An overhead picture of the finished twice baked potato recipe in a clear glass baking dish.
5 from 5 votes

Twice Baked Potatoes

Recipe Cost $ $4.56
Serving Cost $ $0.76
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
6 people
This Twice Baked Potatoes recipe is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with bacon, sour cream, and chives. They’re the ultimate comfort food side dish.


  • baking sheets
  • wire rack
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon



  • 6 medium russet potatoes scrubbed and dried
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 strips bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon chives thinly sliced or green onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Fresh parsley
  • Green onions
  • Chives
  • Sour cream
  • Salt and pepper



  • Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.


  • Clean and dry potatoes.
  • Prick the potatoes with a fork and rub them with oil.
  • Place potatoes on a wire rack and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


  • Bake potatoes for 1 hour or until fork-tender. ** see notes
  • Remove them from the oven and turn the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Allow potatoes to cool until you can handle them.


  • Make a large slit in the potatoes lengthwise.
  • Scrape out the flesh leaving about ⅛ inch thick of shell all the way around the potatoes.


  • Add the scraped-out potato to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add butter, milk, and sour cream and mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Stir in ¾ cup cheese, bacon, and chives.
  • Add salt and pepper and stir until well combined.


  • Fill the potatoes with filling and place them on a baking sheet or 9×13-inch pyrex dish.
  • Top each potato with the remaining cheese.


  • Return the potatoes to the oven again and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve with additional bacon, parsley, chives or green onion, and sour cream, if desired.


  • You can also cook potatoes in the microwave prior to filling if you would like.


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 1009mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 651IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Can’t ever go wrong with a loaded twice baked potato! These are excellent!

  2. Heather Perine says:

    OH man I love twice baked potatoes, but haven’t tried making them at home myself yet. Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says:

    These are beyond delicious! Will definitely be making them again !

  4. Really delicious recipe and love how budget friendly it is too! The kids absolutely loved them and in fact complained there wasn’t enough! Going to have to make more next time.

  5. I haven’t had twice baked potatoes in forever. These were just like the kind the kind I used to make. Thanks for the reminder!