If your weeks are like mine finding healthy, easy recipes for dinner is a win. Turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to our usual taco salad or taco night.
Bonus: The sweet potatoes and turkey can be cooked ahead of time which is great for weekday lunch meal prep or for those extra busy weeknights meals.
Let’s Talk Ingredients
There are a ton of varieties of sweet potatoes from the traditional orange-fleshed variety to purple, yellow, and even white. Rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants sweet potatoes are highly nutritious and support gut health, healthy vision, and may even have cancer-fighting properties. The orange and purple-flesh sweet potatoes are my go-to choices.
For this recipe, I chose to cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise and roast them flesh side down after a light coating in olive oil. Because of the sugar content, you get a little caramelization which is the perfect flavor contrast to the taco seasoning. You will know the sweet potatoes are done when the skin is slightly crisp and the flesh is fork-tender.
Turkey Taco Filling
My husband limits his red meat intake for dietary reasons so we always have ground turkey on hand. I prefer a 93% lean ground turkey. It has just enough fat for flavor without there being so much that you need to drain off the excess after cooking. Substituting for ground beef or a different leanness of turkey will not change the deliciousness of this recipe. If you choose to use a 99% lean turkey then I recommend adding a little olive oil so that the taco seasoning mix has something to stick to when you add it to the turkey.
Toppings for Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
The great thing about this recipe is it can be completely self-serve which makes customizing the toppings perfect for picky eaters or little ones. You can also add more or less of what you like.
- Black beans or substitute pinto or white beans
- Whole kernel corn for additional crunch and texture
- Crumbled goat cheese can be substituted with your favorite shredded cheese
- Sour cream or for a healthier alternative you can use greek yogurt
- Avocado slices or guacamole
Let’s Get Cooking
Are you ready for Taco Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes? This 30-minute recipe for turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes is the perfect alternative to the traditional taco night.
Pro-tip: Make some extra servings for easy go-to nutritious lunches during the week.
Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, cleaned and halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 packet taco seasoning mix
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup whole kernel corn
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp pickled peppers, diced
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
- 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Scrub and clean the sweet potatoes and then cut in half lengthwise.
- Coat sweet potatoes with olive oil and place cut side down on a baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until flesh is fork-tender.
Turkey Taco Stuffing
- While sweet potatoes are cooking, heat a large-sized frying pan on medium heat.
- Cook ground turkey for approximately 5 minutes or until it begins to lightly brown.
- Add taco seasoning mix and diced cherry tomatoes to ground turkey and stir until completely combined.
- Continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes or until turkey is completely cooked.
- In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl heat corn until warmed, approximately 2 minutes.
- In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl heat black beans until warmed, approximately 2 minutes.
- Using a fork gently mash flesh of sweet potato without damaging the skin.
- Place approximately 1 cup of arugula on each plate.
- On each plate place half of one sweet potato on top of arugula.
- Top each sweet potato with approximately ½ cup of taco turkey mixture and 1-2 tablespoons each of corn and black beans.
- Serve with additional toppings.
- I use 93/7 ground turkey but you can substitute with 80/20.
- If using ground beef instead of ground turkey, drain excess fat prior to adding taco seasoning mix and tomatoes.
- Corn and black beans can be added taco turkey mixture instead of serving as a separate topping.
- Toppings are customizable so change them out for your favorite taco toppings.
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