A baked potato bar is the perfect way to feed a crowd, entertain for the holidays, or elevate weeknight dinners from ordinary to extraordinary! Here you’ll find everything to create the ultimate baked potato bar, including 30+ topping ideas.

Overhead shot of baked potato bar with various toppings including broccoli, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and chives.

How to Create the Ultimate Baked Potato Bar

Whether you’re looking to entertain and feed a crowd, or just need some inspiration to get out of the dinner rut, a baked potato bar is your solution!

With endless possibilities for toppings, plus the option to prepare everything ahead of time, it’s such a great way to go.

Another benefit? 

Guests can customize their own potato creation, so it works for everyone, regardless of dietary preferences.

And the sky’s the limit when it comes to deciding what toppings are good, too!

I do recommend choosing at least one protein topping to ensure the potatoes eat like a meal.

Beyond that, it’s really all about personal preference and flavor profile!

For more inspiration, check out topping ideas, below.

Overhead shot of baked potatoes, split in half, on a wooden board.

What to Serve with a Baked Potato Bar

If you’re feeding a crowd, I recommend preparing a big green salad that includes Romaine or butter lettuce tossed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette or apple cider vinaigrette as a side.

For a Mexican-inspired option, toss the salad with this delicious chipotle honey dressing.

For dessert, I recommend this easy apple crisp, or almond flour brownies.

Tip: I love switching things up and using slow cooker sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes for a fun twist!

Overhead shot of baked potatoes, split in half, on a wooden board.

How Do you Keep Baked Potatoes Warm for a Crowd?

If making slow cooker baked potatoes, simply keep the potatoes on warm until folks are ready to eat – definitely the simplest option!

Same goes for keeping sweet potatoes warm, as preparing sweet potatoes in the slow cooker will ensure they are warm until guests arrive.

If using the traditional oven method, baked potatoes can be held in a low 200F oven until people are ready to eat.

Overhead shot of baked potato bar with various toppings including broccoli, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and chives.

30+ Topping Ideas

Ultimate Loaded Baked Potato Bar: Sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives, crispy bacon, steamed broccoli.

Mexican Baked Potato Bar: Mexican shredded beef, fresh tomato salsa, easy guacamole, shredded Mexican cheese blend, sour cream, pickled jalapeños. 

Enchilada Baked Potato: Enchilada sauce, enchilada chicken, cheese, sour cream, guacamole.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato: Taco meat, black beans and corn, shredded lettuce, salsa, cheese, sour cream.

Chili Stuffed Baked Potato: Turkey chili, chopped onion, cheese, sour cream.

Vegetarian Baked Potato: Vegetarian chili, chopped green onion, cheese, avocado.

Southwest Vegetarian Baked Potatoes: Black bean and corn salad, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, guacamole, lime juice, cheddar jack.

Sausage & Peppers Baked Potatoes: Sausage and peppers, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped parsley, peperoncino.

Fajita Baked Potatoes: Fajita chicken, easy guacamole, shredded Mexican cheese blend, sour cream, pickled jalapeños.

Bruschetta Baked Potatoes: Tomato basil shredded chicken, chopped tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella.

BBQ Baked Potato Bar: BBQ chicken, BBQ sauce, shredded white cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños.

Carnitas Baked Potatoes: Crispy carnitas, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, hot sauce.

Cilantro Lime Baked Potatoes: Cilantro lime chicken, cilantro lime sauce, white cheddar cheese.

Tip: Plan for about 1/4 cup protein and 1-2 tablespoons of each additional toppings per person.

Overhead shot of baked potato bar with various toppings including broccoli, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and chives.
Overhead shot of baked potatoes with various toppings including broccoli, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and chives.
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Baked Potato Bar with Topping Ideas: Loaded Baked Potato Bar

Everything you need to know to create the ultimate baked potato bar, including 30+ topping ideas, plus tips on set up to feed a crowd and recipe for loaded baked potato bar.

Ingredients

For the Baked Potatoes

  • 8 russet potatoes

Loaded Baked Potato Toppings

  • 2 pounds bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped chives

Equipment

Instructions 

Prepare the Potatoes: Slow Cooker

Prepare the Potatoes: Oven Baked

  • Preheat the oven 425F.
  • Scrub the potatoes, then pierce several times with a fork, rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 45-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and the skin is crisp.
  • Slice each potato lengthwise and keep warm until serving.

Prepare the Baked Potato Bar

  • Add each topping item, separately, to a small bowl.
  • Arrange the baked potatoes on a platter and allow each guest to add any toppings they like.

Notes

See blog post, above, for additional topping ideas.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 8), Calories: 723kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 52g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 557mg, Potassium: 1158mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 252IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 2mg
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