Baked Potato Bar (+ Toppings Ideas!)
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.
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.
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.
What to Serve with a Baked Potato Bar
For a Mexican-inspired option, toss the salad with this delicious chipotle honey dressing.
Tip: I love switching things up and using slow cooker sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes for a fun twist!
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.
30+ Topping Ideas
Ultimate Loaded Baked Potato Bar: Sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives, crispy bacon, steamed broccoli.
Chili Stuffed Baked Potato: Turkey chili, chopped onion, cheese, sour cream.
Vegetarian Baked Potato: Vegetarian chili, chopped green onion, cheese, avocado.
Sausage & Peppers Baked Potatoes: Sausage and peppers, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped parsley, peperoncino.
Bruschetta Baked Potatoes: Tomato basil shredded chicken, chopped tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella.
Carnitas Baked Potatoes: Crispy carnitas, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, hot sauce.
Tip: Plan for about 1/4 cup protein and 1-2 tablespoons of each additional toppings per person.
Baked Potato Bar with Topping Ideas: Loaded Baked Potato Bar
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
Prepare the Potatoes: Slow Cooker
- Make the russet potatoes in the slow cooker and keep warm until serving.
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.