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Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes – Easy Meal Prep Lunch or Dinner!
These chili stuffed baked potatoes make for a deliciously satisfying dinner, or a fun and easy meal prep lunch! Often, the healthiest meals are the simplest, and we really can’t let healthy food get boring. Otherwise, we won’t want to keep eating it!
Luckily, there are SO many simple ways to shake up our healthy eating routines—so we’re not eating the SAME bowls, salads, and sandwiches every day. And, baked potatoes are wonderfully simple to prepare! Plus, you can whip up this one pot tuna taco chili and let it simmer while they’re in the oven.
Then, in under an hour and with minimal effort (and minimal dishes!), you’ve got a tasty, fuel-filled meal that’s ready to serve! Or, store your baked potatoes separate from your chili for meal prep purposes. Just reheat for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, or pack to take on-the-go for lunch!
Simplify Meal Prep with Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes (or Any Stuffed Baked Potatoes)
You don’t need an elaborate recipe to make a tasty, wholesome dinner. Stuffed baked potatoes make weeknight dinners so easy, especially for family dinners! And, these tuna taco chili stuffed baked potatoes are just one option. Think of your baked potato like a ‘bowl’ and fill it up however you want!
Taco meat and burrito fixin’s, roasted veggies and your favorite dressing, scrambled eggs—there are all sorts of ways to reimagine stuffed baked potatoes into new meal combinations. You could even set out a ‘buffet’ of different toppings and fillings so everyone can prep their stuffed baked potato however they like!
And, even though chili stuffed baked potatoes aren’t the first thing that most of us think to pack for lunch, they’re actually so easy to take on-the-go! There are so many meal prep lunch ideas to explore beyond the standard sandwiches and salads. Keep your healthy lunches exciting so you actually look forward to eating them!
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Potatoes
Potatoes have a lot of haters nowadays—but they’re actually very nutritious! Although they’re often called ‘root vegetables,’ potatoes are actually what’s known as tubers. And, the tuber is the part of the plant where nutrients are stored. So, potatoes are basically a starchy bundle of those stored nutrients that we can then use to fuel our bodies!
Of course, potatoes are well-known for their carbohydrate content, but these carbs aren’t ‘bad’ like many people tend to think. Carbs provide important fuel to the body! And the slow-digesting complex carbs in potatoes provide us with longer lasting energy, rather than the immediate rush and then crash caused by simple carbs and sugars.
Plus, in just one large potato you get MORE than your recommended daily dose of vitamin C—along with loads of potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and even iron! If you’re on a vegan or vegetarian diet, nutrients like iron are harder to get because they’re commonly found in meats and animal products.
Luckily, stuffed baked potatoes are a surprisingly great way to fit more plant-based iron into your day, especially if you eat your potato skin!
$2 Meal, for the Win!
And, one of the best things about potatoes is how budget-friendly they are. Combined with the canned veggies, beans, and tuna in these chili stuffed baked potatoes, they keep this meal extra convenient and affordable. Per serving, this meal costs you just $2 and change to prepare!
One Pot Tuna Taco Chili:
15 oz can white kidney beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can corn, drained & rinsed
2 cans (5-6 oz ea.) tuna in water, not drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp oil
taco seasoning, to taste (premade or homemade)
1 cup broth
salt, to taste
Optional Toppings: sour cream/Greek yogurt cheese chives pico de gallo
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Wash potatoes and pat dry with a towel. Prick each potato with a fork on all sides. Rub avocado oil over the surface of each potato and sprinkle with salt.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with foil and bake 45 minutes–1 hour, until tender all the way through.
While potatoes bake, prepare your tuna taco chili. Add oil to a pot and cook onion until softened (2-3 minutes).
Add other chili ingredients, except for broth. Mix to combine.
Pour in broth, season to taste, and stir. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
When potatoes are baked, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. To serve, cut lengthwise from end to end. Carefully use a towel to protect your hands and push each end of the potato in toward the center to make it pop open.
Pile in the tuna taco chili mixture, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!