Cheesy Potato Bites – the easiest bite-sized appetizer made with crispy seasoned sliced potato rounds topped with melty cheese, salty bacon, and a slice of jalapeno. They’ve got all the flavors of a loaded baked potato in the form of a pop-in-your-mouth bite!
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I’ve been on an appetizer kick lately, and I can’t seem to stop! I’ve made everything from Tik Tok salmon bites, and salmon avocado rolls to air fryer chicken nuggets and zucchini bites. This potato bites recipe is just as easy, so delicious, and quite possibly a new favorite around here!
Potato and cheese is always a perfect pairing and with these baked potato bites, the cheese melts until it crisps up at the edges. I mean is there anything better than picking thin crisp melted cheese straight off the baking tray?
They’re made with sliced potato rounds, tossed in a flavorful seasoning, baked, and then topped with Pepper Jack cheese, cooked bacon and a slice of jalapeno then baked again until the cheese melts and everything is just one mouthwatering bite.
Enjoy them plain or dipped in sour cream for all the flavors of a loaded baked potato recipe in a mini appetizer version.
These crave-worthy bites are great for hosting a crowd or as an appetizer for game day, but because they’re so easy to make, you can have them any time!
Ingredients for Cheesy Potato Bites
- Potatoes: I like to use Russet potatoes with skin on them. They’re starchier and are great potatoes for baking. Slice into even rounds.
- Avocado oil: Help to coat the potatoes with the seasoning and will help to brown and crisp up the potatoes in the oven.
- Seasoning: Sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper
- Jalapeno: Just a slice of thin jalapeno to go on top of each bite for a kick. You can omit jalapeno if you would prefer to keep it mild.
- Cooked bacon: Cubes of salty, smoky bacon add a ton of flavor to every bite.
- Pepper Jack cheese: Freshly shredded cheese is what makes these cheesy potato bites so amazing. You can switch the cheese to your favorite kind if you would prefer.
Sour cream: For dipping! The cool creamy dip is a great way to finish off these little bite-sized morsels of heaven.
How to Cook Bite Sized Potatoes
Step 1: Scrub your potatoes clean and pat them dry. If possible, do this ahead of time so they have a chance to dry completely before slicing.
Step 2: Evenly slice the potatoes into about ¼” rounds. To make this easier, use a mandolin so they’re all the same size. This helps with even baking.
Step 3: Add the potato slices to a mixing bowl and drizzle them with oil. Sprinkle in the seasoning and mix to combine. Use a wooden spoon or your hands, just as long as each piece has a good amount of seasoning.
Step 4: Arrange the slices on a parchment line baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes flipping halfway.
Step 5: Once they’re out of the oven, sprinkle on the cheese, bacon, and a slice of jalapeno and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Serve with sour cream for dipping and enjoy!
- For extra crispy bites, once you’ve sliced your potatoes, place the rounds in a bowl of iced water for about 30 minutes. This will help draw out the starch which is what keeps them soft.
- To make these vegetarian, skip the bacon.
- These can be made using sweet potatoes too!
How to Serve Cheesy Potato Bites
As an appetizer, all you need are some napkins and sour cream for dipping.
You can also serve them as an after-school snack for the kiddos or as a side dish alongside your weeknight main dish.
They’re like little mini loaded baked potatoes, so you know they’ll be delicious on the side of macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, and all kinds of hearty soups!
Can I use a different type of potato?
Sure you can! Yukon Gold potatoes or red potatoes will also work. They’re waxier and don’t need any soaking to get rid of the starch, so they will hold up nicely to the toppings.
How long can I store leftovers?
The longer these sit, the soggier they will get, so I recommend enjoying them right away. However, they can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Best way to reheat them?
If you want a quick reheat and don’t care if they’re soggy, then go ahead and pop them in the microwave.
For a crispier finish, I recommend reheating them in the oven for the air fryer.
Can I make potato bites in the air fryer?
Absolutely! You’ll need to work in batches to not overcrowd the basket. Check on them sooner than 40 minutes, as the air fryer works faster than a conventional oven.
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Cheesy Potato Bites
- 3 medium potatoes washed & sliced
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 jalapeno washed & sliced
- 1 cup pepper Jack cheese grated, or any cheese of your choice
- sour cream for serving
- In a mixing add potato slices and drizzle oil, then add spices, and give it a good mix.
- Lay potato slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 20 minutes each sides.
- After, add cheese and jalapeño slices and bake for 5 min or until cheese melts. Serve with sour cream!
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