Healthy Appetizer Recipe - Potato Boats

potato boat recipe
potato boat recipe

This Tex-Mex appetizer recipe gives potato skins a new twist and a bit of a kick.

The stuffed potato boats are pack with ground turkey and plenty of spicy flavors making this a great snack or side dish.

This is an easy recipe to modify to your liking. Just add or remove ingredients to make this appetizer your own.

Below are the list of ingredients, directions, recipe nutrition information and Weight Watchers points.

Tex- Mex Potato Boats Appetizer Recipe

If you are a meat and potato kind of person then you will love this appetizer recipe. Using ground turkey (to help reduce the fats and calories) and packed with lots of flavor, these stuffed potato skins will go great with your Tex-Mex meal tonight.

Recipe Type:

Appetizer, Main Dish, Side Dish

Degree of Difficulty:

Appetizer, Main Dish, Poultry, Side Dish

Degree of Difficulty:

Moderately Difficult


  • 2 Potatoes baked
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey breast, 99% fat free
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 each Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Cheddar cheese grated


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bake potatoes per instructions. To shorten the length of time to bake the potatoes, place whole potato in microwave and cook on high for 10 - 15 minutes or until potato begins to soften. Finishing baking in the oven to crisp up the skins
  3. Remove potatoes from oven and let cool slightly.
  4. Slice potatoes in half, lengthwise and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Scoop out center of potato leaving about 1/4 inch of potato attached to the skin
  6. Keep scooped out potatoes for another use.
  7. In medium skillet on medium-high heat, combine ground turkey, onion and garlic
  8. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  9. Drain meat juices. Add tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes and salt.
  10. Cook for another 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  11. Spoon the turkey mixture into the potato shells and sprinkle with cheese.
  12. Place backing sheet into oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cooking Times

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts shown below are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below. The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 4
Serving Size 8.8oz
Calories 228.79
Total Fat 5.72g
      Sat Fat 1.84g
Cholesterol 42.09mg
Sodium 412.32mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.72g
      Fiber 3.43g
      Sugar 4.17g
Protein 18.02g

Weight Watchers Points

3 pts
4 pts
5 pts
4 pts

The Ground turkey or veggies were not included in the calculation of Weight Watchers SmartPoints. The veggies were not included for calculation of all other points values.


This appetizer recipe makes a great side dish to your dinner plans. If serving as an appetizer or snack, you can cut the stuffed potatoes in half to make smaller portions.

For even more kick on this recipe idea, replace the stewed tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis or jalapenos. This will really spice it up so be sure to have something to cool the burning.

Check out this Cherry Salsa to go with this appetizer recipe idea.

Don't throw out those peeled potato skins. Check out these recipe ideas for your potato peels.

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