Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

February 6, 2021
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These Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect weeknight meal! Stuffed with taco seasoned turkey, black beans, and corn, these sweet potatoes are easy and nutritious.
plated turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

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.

Move over Taco Night, Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are on tonights dinner menu!

Happy Eats!

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Let’s Talk Ingredients

overhead of plate with turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

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.

overhead of sweet potatoes cut lengthwise and covered in olive oil sitting on a cookie sheet
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.

cooked turkey with tomatoes and taco mix in a frying pan
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.


plated turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect weeknight meal! Stuffed with taco seasoned turkey, black beans, and corn, these sweet potatoes are easy and nutritious.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 247 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Toppings

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp pickled peppers, diced
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped

Instructions
 

Sweet Potatoes

  • 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.
    overhead of sweet potatoes cut lengthwise and covered in olive oil sitting on a cookie sheet
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until flesh is fork-tender.
    cooked sweet potatoes that were cut lengthwise sitting on a cookies sheet

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.
    Overhead of ground turkey cooked in a pan with tomatoes and taco seasoning
  • Continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes or until turkey is completely cooked.

Toppings

  • 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.
    overhead of toppings for turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes - black beans, corn, crumbled goat cheese, sour cream, pickled peppers

Assembly

  • 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.
    overhead of plate with turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 247 kcalCarbohydrates: 20 gProtein: 18 gFat: 10 gSaturated Fat: 3 gMonounsaturated Fat: 3 gCholesterol: 53 mgSodium: 691 mgPotassium: 321 mgFiber: 4 gSugar: 6 gVitamin A: 170 IUVitamin C: 15 mgCalcium: 7 mgIron: 13 mg
Keywords dinner, main dish, sweet potato, tacos, turkey

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