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Loaded BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Potato Skins

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Colorful and flavorful plant-based loaded potato skins that combine the savoriness of black beans and potatoes with the sweetness of barbecue sauce and pineapple.  This is one snack that is too good to say no to, and is 100% acceptable to eat as a meal.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 6I have been blogging for about two and a half years now.  The time has flown by, and I am still amazed at how things have changed over these last 30 months.  It really seems like a long time when I put it that way.  Thirty months!

When I think back to some of the reasons why I began writing Clean Eating Veggie Girl in the first place, I have to admit that it had a lot to do with this lady.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 2Kristin, from Iowa girl Eats, has a gorgeous blog and shares the most wonderful recipes.  (Plus, she’s from IOWA!)  Seeing how her food photography has evolved over the years has been a true inspiration to me, as well.  After falling in love and becoming an avid reader of IGE, I finally got up the nerve to take my own plunge into the blogging world.

I continue to follow IGE, and get excited whenever I see a new post.  And while the majority of Kristin’s recipes tend to include meat, that does not stop me from making them in my own kitchen.  In fact, I love the challenge of “veggifying” recipes that originally call for meat.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 7Kristin instantly got my creative juices flowing back in December when she posted her recipe for Loaded Hawaiian Pizza Potato Skins.  I love potatoes, I love barbecue sauce, and I am an avid proponent of always putting pineapple on my pizza <–even if my boyfriend thinks I am weird for doing so.

Obviously when I saw Kristin’s post, I knew that I had to recreate a vegan version.  I also knew that doing so would be pretty simple with just a few ingredient substitutions.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 5If you love turning snack foods into whole meals like I do, you must try these.  Sure, they would be a great appetizer.  But why stop at just snacking?  A couple of these during lunch or dinner would make for the perfect meal.

These are:

…and should be eaten with your hands!

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 4Loaded BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Potato Skins
Vegan + Gluten-Free

Slightly adapted from this recipe.
Makes 8 potato skins


4 medium russet potatoes
olive oil cooking spray
fine sea salt
black pepper
1/2 cup BBQ sauce*
1 cup cooked black beans (drained and rinsed, if from a can)
8 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained well
2 slices vegan cheese (I prefer this brand), torn into small pieces
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

*Whenever possible, choose a barbecue sauce that is made with minimal ingredients and that does not contain high fructose corn syrup.


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Thoroughly wash and dry potatoes.  Pierce potatoes all over with a fork and place on baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife entered into the center comes out clean.  Let cool slightly so that you can handle them without burning yourself.

3. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F.  Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out half of the potato flesh.  This should leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of potato remaining.  Save the potato flesh for another use.

4. Spray the inside and outside of the potato skins with olive oil cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.  Bake skin side up for 5 minutes, flip, and bake another 5 minutes skin side down.

5. Turn oven on low broil.  Fill potato skins with 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce each, followed by equal amounts of black beans, pineapple, and cheese.  Broil for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until the toppings are warm and the cheese has melted.  Watch the potatoes carefully during this stage to ensure they do not burn.

6. Remove potato skins from oven, top with red onion and cilantro, and serve.  You can pair them with additional BBQ sauce on the side, if desired.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 8Though my pictures may not live up to the art of Kristin’s photography, I am pretty sure that this plant-based version tastes equally delicious!

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 9This isn’t a palm to face moment.  It’s a crispy potato skin to mouth kind of moment.  It’s also a major no-brainer.  Go make these now.

loaded BBQ bean and pineapple potato skins 3And if you should feel the need to enjoy even more of the BBQ sauce/black bean/pineapple combo, check out this pizza:

bbq black bean pizzaBarbecue, Black Bean, and Pineapple Pizza for One

What appetizer/snack food do you love eating as a meal?
Do you enjoy adding pineapple to savory foods?

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  • Linz @ Itz Linz February 16, 2015, 7:19 am
    YUM!!!!! i could eat apps for dinner everyday! and i LOOOOOVE potato skins - all things potato related actually!! yum yum yum!! Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted...My ValentinesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:03 am
      You and me both!! Everything potato-related is delicious... especially potato skins and french fries ;)
  • Joanna @Makingmine February 16, 2015, 7:47 am
    Oh yum! We actually just had BBQ pulled pork with pineapple and cottage cheese (well, not all together, but in the same meal). I love the combo - and these are SO pretty! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...weekend snaps with my valentinesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:04 am
      Haha.. at first I thought you meant together and I was like, "that's an interesting combo." I love me some cottage cheese though, so I bet it was delish on the side :)
  • AJ @ NutriFitMama February 16, 2015, 7:57 am
    I think these potatoes look great, but that pizza- I could totally have that for lunch or dinner today. It looks SO good. AJ @ NutriFitMama recently posted...Yogurt Perfection with Liberté Yogurt + Recipe and Visa Gift Card GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:05 am
      The pizza is truly a favorite of mine. I hope you give it a try. It's SO easy and perfect for one serving!
  • Amanda @ The Refurbished Homr February 16, 2015, 8:04 am
    i love colorful meals! This is such a fun twist on potato skins and I just so happen to have all of this on hand. I think I know what we are having for dinner tonight! thanks for sharing. Amanda @ The Refurbished Homr recently posted...Dear February- An open letter to the Month of FebruaryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:06 am
      It sounds to me like they are meant to be! I hope you love them as much as I do :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 16, 2015, 9:11 am
    I have been on a white potato kick lately! These look like a great way to have them! So yummy...plus of course I love the bbq sauce..and the pineapple!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:06 am
      I am a major sweet potato lover, but I have recently realized how absolutely delicious white potatoes are. They get a bad rap sometimes, but they are SO good (and healthy too!).
  • Farrah February 16, 2015, 9:45 am
    I love this! <3 Reminds me of summer (which I am totally ready for; I've had enough of this cold), and I can't wait to try it out! <3 I adore pineapple, hehehe.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 10:07 am
      Pineapple is the BEST, and it is amazing how many different ways you can serve it. I'm obsessed with adding it to pizza and salads, too!
  • Linda @ Veganosity February 16, 2015, 10:28 am
    These look delicious! I love the addition of pineapple in this recipe. :) Linda @ Veganosity recently posted...Vegan Creole Fried RiceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 11:15 am
      Pineapple makes (nearly) everything better, right? ;)
  • Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit February 16, 2015, 10:55 am
    Looks soooo clean and flavorful! Thanks so much! Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit recently posted...Valentine’s weekend and some marriage adviceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 11:15 am
      You are SO welcome, Kirtley! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 16, 2015, 11:01 am
    Yum! I love potatoes! It'd be a nice change to eat a healthier version of them instead of potato skins loaded with cheese!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 11:19 am
      You betcha! That's (normally) always a goal of mine. If I can get nearly the same taste and a much healthier version, I'm gonna go for it!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 16, 2015, 11:30 am
    Mmm... these would be perfect for a football snack! Although football is now over (thank goodness, LOL). I like the idea of having them for dinner though. Anything I can eat with my hands is always a good meal option! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...WeekendingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 12:43 pm
      Turning snacks into a meal is definitely one of my favorite things. Now if only it was socially acceptable eat eat chips and guac/salsa for a meal ;)
  • Trisha February 16, 2015, 12:12 pm
    These look gorgeous! Great shots! Trisha recently posted...How to get on Instagram’s Suggested User ListMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 12:44 pm
      Thanks, Trisha! That means a lot coming from you... who I am now labeling the "Queen of Food Photography" ;)
  • Alissa Apel February 16, 2015, 12:52 pm
    We just made stuffed peppers, and filled them with similar stuff, even chopped potatoes. They were really good! Alissa Apel recently posted...Orchid Origami Paper ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 2:21 pm
      I LOVE stuffed peppers, and your idea to add chopped potatoes sounds awesome. I'll have to give that a try the next time I make them :)
  • Jamie February 16, 2015, 2:24 pm
    I also love potato skins...I don't know about the pineapple though...I don't care for that sweet and non-sweet combo. I love the other ingredients though! Jamie recently posted...Snow Day Fun: Easy Ideas to Keep the Kids HappyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 3:35 pm
      That's the thing with pineapple... you either love it or hate it with savory foods. I'm lucky enough to love it. I'm sure these would be fantastic without it, though. You might sub in some peppers or something similar it is place!
  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes February 16, 2015, 2:37 pm
    I love appetizers as a meal too. I am a IGE fan girl and Iowa girl too. Represent! :) These are filled with ingredients I love. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes recently posted...Lemon Ricotta PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 3:36 pm
      What's not to love about an Iowa girl, right?? :)
  • Kat Ryan February 16, 2015, 2:55 pm
    This looks sooo good! I might have to make it tonight!!! Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 16, 2015, 3:38 pm
      You are so welcome, Kat!! I hope you enjoy them :)
  • Emily Butler February 16, 2015, 7:55 pm
    Wow congrats on 30 months, your blog is great, I started 3 years ago but took a huge 2 year break lol, now I'm back and trying to catch up and get my blog to where I want it to be! I'm always looking for more ways to not eat meat, although I love it, I'd really like to cut back! I'm excited to take a look around and get some ideas! Emily Butler recently posted...Meal Planning Monday #1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 19, 2015, 12:54 pm
      Thanks so much, Emily! I hope you enjoy these :) Eating meals without meat really CAN be delicious! Also, good luck with your blog. I'm sure you will be right where you want to be with plenty of hard work :)
  • Lisa Trudell February 19, 2015, 12:20 am
    Beautiful photos! And I don't think you can go wrong with pineapple on almost anything :) Going to give these a try. Lisa Trudell recently posted...As seen on TV: Bene Pizza undergoes renovation on ‘Restaurant Impossible’My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 19, 2015, 12:55 pm
      Thank you, Lisa! Yes! Another pineapple lover :) I think it tastes amazing on savory food!

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