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Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes start with caramelized, tender sweet potatoes, seasoned ground turkey, and are then loaded up with your favorite taco toppings.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $7.60

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 (10-13 ounces EACH) medium sweet potatoes (not yams), scrubbed clean and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Taco Meat Filling

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion (~1/2 of 1 onion)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (~2 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin, paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 pound (16 oz.) ground turkey extra-lean (90/10 or 93/7)
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • TOPPINGS: black beans, sharp or extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, sour cream (fat-free or lite is great), fresh guacamole or ripe avocados, chopped cherry tomatoes, salsa or pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, fresh lime

Chili Lime Sauce (OPTIONAL)

  • 1/2 cup full-fat regular mayo (we love Best Foods/Hellmans)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (and 1/4 teaspoon lime zest)
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin, paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce

Instructions

Sweet Potatoes

  • OVEN: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a very large, dark, sheet pan with parchment paper or a liner. Don't skip this; it helps the potatoes cook evenly without the cut side burning.
  • CLEAN POTATOES: Thoroughly scrub and clean the sweet potatoes in cold water. Completely dry the potatoes and cut in half lengthwise.
  • PREP POTATOES: Drizzle oil over the potatoes and rub it over all the sides. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper over all the potatoes and rub into both sides.
  • BAKE: Bake potatoes, flesh-side down, for 30-37 minutes or until the skin looks slightly shriveled and potatoes are tender (easily pierced with a fork). See Note 1.

Meat Filling

  • TACO MEAT: Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and once the oil is hot, add in the diced onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for 20-30 seconds; add in all of the taco meat filling seasonings and season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add 1/2 teaspoon of each.) Stir the spices until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Nothing should be burning; reduce the heat if needed. Press seasoned onions to the side of the pan.
  • TACO MEAT CONT.: Add the ground turkey to the center of the pan. Crumble the meat into small pieces and cook until no longer pink (about 5-8 minutes), incorporating the seasoned onions as you crumble. Add in the tomato sauce and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits. (This is where the flavor is!) Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until meat is fully cooked through, and then remove from heat.

Toppings/Assembly

  • SAUCE: In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Season to taste. (I add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.)
  • ASSEMBLY: To assemble, place baked sweet potatoes on plates, flesh side up. Mash the insides a bit with a fork. Top with spoonfuls of the meat filling; drizzle sauce on top and add any additional desired toppings. (Our favorites are black beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and lime juice.)

Notes

Note 1: A 5-6-ounce potato will cook in around 25-27 minutes, 6-8 ounce potatoes around 30 minutes, and 9-11 ounce potatoes around 33-37 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the largest potato. If it goes in easily, the potatoes are ready. If not, bake an additional 5 minutes. Cook until fork-tender, checking every 5 minutes.
Nutritional information does not include any of the optional toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1684IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg