Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – An EASY, healthy meal for Mexican cuisine lovers! Baked sweet potatoes are stuffed with taco seasoned ground beef, and flavorful Mexican toppings for a sweet and savory dinner. It’s perfect for busy weeknights. Paleo, Whole30, and gluten free too!
Mexican Sweet Potatoes
These healthy stuffed sweet potatoes are a simple meal that you can make on busy weeknights or meal prep for a quick lunch.
Sweet potatoes provide a number of health benefits and are super simple to add to your meals.
they are high in antioxidants which protect your body from chronic disease and DNA damage
sweet potatoes contain fiber, which contribute to a healthy gut
they may help protect against certain cancers
prevent vision loss and improve eye health
they support your immune system
There are so many ways you can add sweet potatoes into your diet. Make sweet potato chips, sweet potato fries, cubed sweet potatoes, sweet potato toast, baked sweet potatoes, spiralized sweet potatoes, sweet potato breakfast hash, mashed sweet potatoes, breakfast stuffed sweet potatoes or add them into baked goods.
How To Make Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
For this recipe I chose to bake the sweet potatoes. This brings out their natural sweetness and caramelizes the outside of the baked potato, making it absolutely delicious.
The trick is drizzling some olive oil and sprinkling kosher salt over each potato and rubbing it over the entire potato. Make sure you poke holes in the potatoes before doing this step. This helps the potatoes cook faster and evenly. I bake the sweet potatoes for 40-50 minutes, or until I can poke them easily with a fork of knife.
If you are short on time, there is a solution! You can cut the potatoes in half, rub them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and cook them side up until they are slightly brown and tender when poked with a fork.
You can also microwave the potatoes, by poking holes in each and placing them in the microwave on the “potato” setting. This method will save you about 40 minutes. The potatoes will have a little less flavor so feel free to drizzle some olive oil and salt in the inside of the cooked potato when slicing it in half.
While the sweet potatoes are cooking, start making the taco meat. This will take you about 10 minutes to make.
When the sweet potatoes are finished cooking, slice them in half vertically. Stuff them with the taco meat, then start layering your favorite toppings.
Let’s Talk Toppings
Toppings are what makes the meal for this stuffed sweet potato recipe! To keep it Paleo and Whole30, I stuck with the basics, but feel free to add your favorites.
Other topping options: corn, black beans, sour cream, cheese, tahini, ranch, rice, quinoa, etc.
Meal Prep Tips
If you are wanting to meal prep these stuffed sweet potatoes, simply keep all the ingredients in separate containers. Only stuff the sweet potatoes that you plan on eating that day to ensure the toppings stay fresh.
Once you are ready to eat them again, reheat the sweet potatoes, and ground beef. Then you are ready to fill the potatoes with the rest of your toppings.
Tips And Variations
To make Vegan stuffed sweet potatoes – omit the ground beef and add in black beans, rice or quinoa.
If you are short on time, microwave your sweet potatoes instead of baking. This will save you about 40 minutes. You can also pick up some premade pico de gallo at your grocery store.
Don’t have sweet potatoes? Use russet potatoes instead.
To sub for the ground beef – Use ground turkey, ground sausage, or shredded chicken.
Drizzle your stuffed sweet potato with hot sauce, ranch dressing (my favorite), chipotle mayo, or tahini for the perfect finished product!
How To Store And Reheat Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Storing – Wait for sweet potatoes to cool before placing them in a air tight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Reheat – Simply reheat the sweet potatoes in the microwave, or place them in the oven at 275 degrees and reheat until they are warmed through.
Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – An EASY, healthy meal for Mexican cuisine lovers! Sweet potatoes are stuffed with taco seasoned ground beef, and topped with flavorful toppings for a sweet and savory dinner. Whole30, and Paleo too!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Poke several holes in each sweet potato with a fork. Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle on kosher salt. Rub the olive oil and salt over the entire potato. (If you are short on time, poke holes in the sweet potatoes and put them in the microwave. This will save you about 40 minutes).
Bake the sweet potatoes for 40-45 minutes, or until a fork or knife can easily be inserted into the middle of the potato.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the diced onion for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the ground beef to the skillet and using a spatula break the beef into smaller pieces. Cook the ground beef until no longer pink.
Drain the excess fat, then add water and spices to the ground beef. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until little liquid remains in the skillet.
Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and stuff with ground beef taco meat, diced tomatoes, diced onion, sliced jalapenos, and smashed avocado. Garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.