Dairy Farmers of Canada

Italian Beef-Topped Potatoes

Our dietitians' favourite

Turn plain potatoes into a complete meal with a few added ingredients. Canadian Provolone cheese adds a punch of flavour, and important nutrients.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 4 servings
italian beef topped potatoes


  • 4 (about 2.2 lbs/1 kg) baking potatoes
  • 12 oz (350 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) Italian-seasoned stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Provolone or Mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
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Scrub potatoes and prick with a fork in several places. Place on a microwave safe plate, in a spoke like fashion with thicker ends toward the outside. Microwave on High (100 %) power for 10 to 12 min, or until just tender, rearranging halfway through. Let stand for 3 min.

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and brown, breaking up with a spoon, for about 7 min or until no longer pink; drain off any fat. Stir in tomatoes and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 6 min or until flavours are blended and sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in half of the Canadian Provolone cheese.

Cut potatoes lengthwise down the center, almost but not all the way through and top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.


Tip for Kids: With supervision, kids can scrub, prick and microwave the potatoes and cube the cheese.

Cooking Tips: The sauce can be prepared, cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave oven on Medium (50 %) power until hot.

Many microwave ovens have a baked potato feature and are a great option.

For the Adventurous: Substitute baking potatoes with large sweet potatoes.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 427 Calories
Protein: 33 g
Carbohydrate: 43 g
Fat: 14 g
Fibre: 6.5 g
Sodium: 668 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 30 % / 326 mg
Vitamin B12: 129 %
Vitamin B6: 47 %
Vitamin C: 88 %
Zinc: 74 %