Baked potatoes are just there for us, ya know?

They come out of the oven hot and steamy, with the crisp skins and the super comforting potatoey insides, and they can shine with nothing more than butter and salt.

But why stop at butter? Let’s make them REALLY shine, like glitter and neon lights style.

Let’s Bring These Baked Potatoes To The Next Level

These loaded BBQ baked potatoes are filled with a creamy garlic herb spinach and potato mixture and then loaded with BBQ chicken, caramelized little pan roasted mushrooms, bleu cheese crumbles, crispy onions, and chives. Ho-lee-smokes. Crunchy. Saucy. Creamy, tangy, sweet. So filling. The flavors, the textures… if a minimalist baked potato is your dream, you may have to look elsewhere. This one is more of a maximalist situation for those of us who like their baked potatoes to go big, messy, and borderline excessive.

So even though, technically yes, this is a really intense BBQ baked potato situation, it is actually quite easy to put together because SOS times don’t allow for lots of tinkering in the kitchen, ya know? If it’s possible to be both maximalist and low-key, this is that.

Here’s What You’ll Need To Get Cooking

Here is our short ingredient list:

  • potatoes
  • chicken
  • mushrooms
  • garlic herb spreadable cheese, goat cheese, etc. (maybe you have some leftover from this recipe?)
  • spinach
  • BBQ sauce

And then the rest of the toppings are up to you: crispy onions, chives, bleu cheese, one or all of the above. (A STRONG VOTE IN FAVOR OF ALL.)

How To Make These Loaded BBQ Baked Potatoes

You’re going to bake the potatoes (easy).

Then bake the chicken and mushrooms (easy).

Then mix the potato / spinach filling (easy).

Then assemble (easy and fun).

You can eat these deconstructed, which is convenient for the toddler or picky kiddo, or you can eat them piled high, which is convenient for people who like to post pictures of their meals on social (that is me), collecting heaps of ‘hungry’ likes with the help of The Marketing Heaven, or you can just pick and choose which elements you want on which nights and somehow you might end up with two or three different meals out of this whole thing – leftover BBQ chicken on a salad, potato skin remnants tossed into a breakfast skillet, things like that.

They’re creamy, packed with flavor, loaded with feel-good veggies, like spinach and potato and mushrooms, perfectly spicy-sweet thanks to the BBQ sauce, and just begging for you to sink your teeth in with lots of mess and zero shame. Loaded BBQ baked potatoes FTW.

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