Extraordinarily crispy and delicious potato skins made in the air fryer! This simple appetizer recipe is perfect for game day, or really any day. Loaded with melty cheddar cheese, crunchy bacon, sour cream, and fresh sliced green onions!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- It comes together in just 15 minutes! Start by crisping your potato skins, then filling them with cheese and bacon, before giving them another quick blast in the air fryer. Last but not least, finish the potato skins off with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of fresh green onions.
- They’re loaded with delicious flavors and textures! Savory bacon, buttery potatoes with an extra crispy skin, and gooey melted cheese.
- They’re a total crowd favorite! I love bringing these air fryer potato skins to family parties or potlucks. Everyone goes crazy for these tasty little bites.
Russet Potatoes – You’ll need cooked russet potatoes for this recipe. I cooked mine in a pot of boiling water until fork tender, but not too soft. Though you could also wrap them in foil and bake them in the oven until tender. Once cooked, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise before scooping out a bit of the inside flesh. While russet potatoes are what is recommended for this recipe because of their size and shape, really any white or yellow potato will work!
Bacon – Similar to the potatoes, you’ll want your bacon to be fully cooked before using it in this air fryer recipe. You can either pan-fry, bake, or even microwave your bacon – whichever method you prefer. Then, once cooked, either crumble it with your hands or finely chop it with a knife. The goal is to achieve small bacon pieces that you can sprinkle over your potato skins.
- Avoid overly scooping your potatoes in the first step! Scoop until just about 1/2 an inch of flesh remains in each potato half. Removing too much potato gets rid of that soft interior, which makes the perfect base for toppings!
- Feel free to add any extra fillings to these air fryer potato skins! Some shredded buffalo chicken would taste incredible inside the crispy little potato boats. Or, add in some roasted broccoli for a healthy twist.
- You can freeze these potato skins ahead of time! Simply store them in a zip-top bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Then, reheat in the air fryer on game day!
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Corn Dogs
- Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
- Brats in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- Air Fryer Meatballs
- 3 russet potatoes cooked and cut in half
- spray cooking oil
- salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 green onions thinly sliced
- Air Fryer
- Scoop out some of the inside flesh from each potato half, leaving about 1/2-inch flesh in each potato.
- Lightly coat inside of air fryer basket or tray with spray cooking oil, place potato halves in an even layer in basket or tray. Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
- Once crispy, evenly sprinkle potato skins with shredded cheese, then top with crumbled bacon. Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Top potato skins with sour cream and sliced green onions, serve warm.
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