Stuffed Baked Potatoes

This is a very easy recipe to throw together when you don’t have a lot of time.  The thing that takes the most time is to cook the baked potato.  You could microwave the potato if                 you don’t want to wait for the potatoes to bake in the oven.


4 baking potatoes
1 can black beans, undrained
1 small red onion, diced
½ cup roasted red peppers, diced
1 8 oz. container sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper
½ t. basil
Balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Scrub and wash potatoes and pierce with a fork in several places.  Bake for 45 to 60 minutes depending on size of potatoes, until they are done.

In a small bowl mix diced tomatoes, ½ t. salt and basil.  Set this aside for garnish on top of beans.

In a skillet sauté red onion and mushrooms in 1/3 cup of water for about 4 minutes.  Add black beans, garlic, ½ t. salt, pepper and roasted red pepper.  Heat for another 4 to 5 minutes until mixture is well heated.

In a serving plate, cut potato lengthwise and ladle bean mixture and then about ½ cup of tomatoes on the top.  Drizzle good quality balsamic vinegar on top and serve.