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Loaded Crunchy Baked Potato Skins: Air Fryer Recipes

Super crunchy Air Fried Potato Skins topped with melted cheese, crumbled bacon and cool creamy sour cream will be the hit at your next get-together! These are so good you’ll want to have a second batch ready to go as they will fly off the plate! They are good for game day watching, Friday night card games or a light meal during the week.

These are great alone or when you want to have a little variety! Other things to pair them with are some Sticky Air Fryer Teriyaki Wings or even another variety of tater skins like these Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Potato Skins!

Loaded Air fryer tater skin with cheese, bacon and chives

We’ve been playing lots of card games recently with the world as it is right now and these AIR FRYER LOADED POTATO SKINS have been the main snack we’ve been eating while playing!

Better than any restaurant-style potato skin because they are hot, crispy and still fluffy on the inside—- and did I mention they aren’t deep fried either? (A win for healthier made snacks!)

They are stuffed with all kinds of melted cheddar cheese and crazy amounts of crispy bacon — then once they are done cooking we have a topping bar to with jalapenos, pepperocinis, sour cream, salsa, and just about anything you would ever want on top of your loaded potato skin!

They are great on their own, but you could have a whole party by pairing them with my extra crispy fried chicken wings, 5-minute crack dip or crunchy fried onion rings!

Freaky Friday Time Again!

Today’s post is another edition of Freaky Friday. It’s a fun event with several other food writers that is put on by Michaela at An Affair from the Heart. We all swap sites and introduce you to another site you might have not been familiar with.

It’s a super fun event for me because I can make someone else’s recipe and just enjoy the food! You get a chance to see a new site where you will find lots of new and different recipes you might enjoy!

Take Two Tapas~

This round I have Jennifer from Take Two Tapas– Her website is all about appetizers and cocktails! Jennifer is the real deal— what you read in her work is just how she talks. She can make anything fun.

I’m lucky to be really good friends with Jennifer and have personally had her make some of her recipes for me—- her Mariachi Mash Cocktail to this day is one of my favorite drinks!

She has just about every deviled egg recipe you would ever think of and has and end-all of end-all post on making the BEST deviled eggs ever! If you’ve ever had any question about making the perfect egg, I guarantee you she answers it here!

She can hook you up for any occasion with perfectly themed appetizers from game day dips to large batch cocktails for any get-together. I served her margarita dip for our Cinco de Mayo party this year!

Be sure and bookmark her site so you are covered with all of the latest cocktails and appetizers for your next party!

Dipping air fryer potato skins in sour cream
Dipping Air Fryer skins into Sour Cream!

Today I’m sharing a tip I learned from Jennifer’s oven-baked potato skin recipe. It makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in having the crispy crunchy skin that makes the Best POTATO SKIN EVER!

It’s been unseasonably hot here so I have tweaked her recipe just in one way to avoid using my oven so my house doesnt get hot! I used my air fryer to make the potato skins.

Scooped out potatoes for air fried tater skins
Scooping out the russet potato shells

Why using an Air Fryer is the best way to make Potato Skins

I must admit I’m really loving air fryer cooking and making potato skins in my Phillips air fryer is no exception. The air that swirls around the food gives the potato skin a super crunchy texture just like it was deep-fried, but none of the greasy oil leftover.

Any air fryer works for making potato skins, the NuWave, Gourmia or the Ninja Foodie. All of them will give you a nice crispy texture!

The added bonus of using the air fryer over the oven and not making my house temperature increase was pretty fantastic too!

Muffin tin with toppings for potato skins
Tomatoes, Green Onions, Sour Cream, Bacon, Cheese and Pepperocinis

How to make the best Potato Skins?

  • Use the right potato- Idaho and russet potatoes work best.
  • The skin will get very crispy and the starch content will still give you a fluffy texture.
  • Bake the potatoes (or do as I did for these and baked the potatoes in the air fryer)
  • Use a melon baller or a large spoon to remove the potato centers leaving a 1/4″ edge of potato (see photo above)
  • Jennifers no-fail trick for the best crispy potato skins is to oil the outside and inside of the potato and bake/air fry on both sides, the potato will get nice and crunchy.
  • Be sure and season the potato very generously on the outside for maximum flavor.
  • Cook the potatoes at 390° for about 15 minutes total. 5 minutes face down, 5 minutes face up, then 5 minutes after you top them with cheese and bacon.
  • Once the potato has gotten crispy, load in all the cheese and bacon to have it melt in the air fryer right before serving!
brushing the potato skin in the air fryer
Brushing the skins with oil to get them extra crunchy!

Common Questions in Making Air Fried Potatoes

Can I make these potato skins using sweet potatoes?

You sure can air fry sweet potatoes. The skin gets crispy and the sugar content of the sweet potatoes almost tastes like candy! Definitely give it a try!

How many potato skins do I need to plan on per person for a party?

I ususally plan on 2 whole potatoes per person, or 4 each for a party. People really love them and always eat a lot of them even with other appetizers available!

What do I do with the leftover potato that I scooped out of the potato skin, I don’t want to waste it?

You can use them to make mashed potatoes to top classic shepherds pie, make homemade potato bread or you can add a little sour cream and cheese to them and make fried potato pancakes!

Can I make air fried potato skins ahead of time?

You can make these up until the point you put the cheese and bacon in them. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge, (or freeze them wrapped in plastic.) When it’s time to serve them you will air fry them until the cheese has melted and the potato is heated thru. It will take a little bit longer (2-3 minutes more.) for the potato to heat through if it has been in the fridge.

Chili Variation

Top with Chili you can make in 30 minutes for another topping option!

More Game Night Party Appetizers:

Be sure and check out all of the other Freaky Friday Recipes!

  • An Affair from the Heart – Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Homemade Loaded Queso
  • Bowl Me Over – Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  • Hostess at Heart – Chocolate Coffee Cake
  • House of Nash Eats – Asian Lettuce Wraps
  • Lemoine Family Kitchen – Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas
  • Life, Love & Good Food – Italian Grilled Burgers
  • Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprout Linguine 
  • Or Whatever You Do – Air Fryer Shrimp
  • Take Two Tapas –  Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
  • The Foodie Affair – Strawberry Bread
  • The Speckled Palate – Chicken Pesto Pasta
  • West Via Midwest – Loaded Baked Potato Skins – Air Fryer Recipes

    Yield: 8 (2 skins each)

    Crispy, Loaded AIr Fried Potato Skins

    serving platter of loaded air fryer potato skins

    Crispy homemade air fryer potato skins come together in no time. Perfect game day snacking or an appetizer for any get-together. Topped with all of your favorite toppings, melted cheese, crumbled crispy bacon, cool sliced green onions and creamy sour cream! Once you've had them air-fried you'll never want them another way again! (Easy to make ahead and serve a crowd too!)

    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes


    • 8 Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
    • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
    • 8 Slices of crispy Bacon (see notes about cooking them in the air fryer)
    • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
    • 2 green onions, sliced thin horizontally
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Olive oil Spray


    1. Cut the baked potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or a melon baller remove the potatoes inside, leaving a 1/4" of the potatoes attached to the shell.
    2. Brush on olive oil to both sides of the potato. Generously season the skin side with salt and pepper.
    3. Place the potato into the air fryer on the tray skin side up.
    4. Cook at 390° for 5 minutes.
    5. Flip over air fry for 5 more minutes.
    6. Open AIr Fryer and sprinkle the cheese over the inside of the potato. Once the cheese is in, crumble the bacon over the top of the cheese.
    7. Air fry for 5 more minutes until potato skin is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted.
    8. Remove from air fryer and serve with sour cream, green onions and any other toppings you like.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. Please calculate your own nutritional information if you want it exact to what you make and use my calculations as a guide only.

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    Sunday 7th of March 2021

    loved them!! easy and wonderfully crispy. or if u don't want them crispy, cut the time!

    Brandi Burgess

    Tuesday 12th of May 2020

    Potato skins are my husband's FAVORITE appetizer! I need to make these for him! They look spectacular!

    Amy Nash

    Tuesday 12th of May 2020

    Oh man these are the best potato skins of my life! They are my husband's very favorite appetizer and so fun to make! Thanks for showing me how to do them in the air fryer!


    Monday 11th of May 2020

    These potato skins are perfection!! Why have i never made them at home?! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to making these soon!

    Deb Clark

    Sunday 10th of May 2020

    Oh my these potatoes are crispy goodness! Easy to make in the air fryer too, especially since it's so warm already. Looking forward to making these this week, thank you for another AMAZING recipe!!!

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