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sweet potatoes stuffed with mexican ground beef

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a filling and easy weeknight recipe. Made with ground beef and other taco flavors, it's a healthy meal that's perfect whether you're gluten free, paleo, or Whole30!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword #glutenfree, #mexican, #sweetpotato, whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 339kcal
Author Taryn Solie


  • 8 sweet potatoes

For The Filling

  • 1 tbsp oil canola or avocado
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2.5 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1.33 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • toppings of your choice guacamole, cilantro, crema, onions, etc.


How To Make Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • The first thing to do is cook the sweet potatoes. You could certainly roast them in the oven, but it's a lot easier to cook them in the microwave.

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Microwave

  • Take a fork or sharp knife and poke holes in the sweet potato, making sure to pierce beneath the skin. Dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the sweet potato then stick it in the microwave. Set the timer to cook for 4 minutes.
  • Take the sweet potato out and flip it over, then cook for another 2 or 3 minutes. Unwrap the potato slightly then try piercing it to the middle with the sharp knife. If the knife doesn't go in easily, keep microwaving in 1 to 2 minute increments (with the potato wrapped in the paper towel until it's fully cooked through to the center.
  • Repeat the process for however many potatoes you're cooking, making sure to re-dampen the paper towel between potatoes.

How to Make the Mexican Ground Beef Filling

  • Make the ground beef filling while the sweet potatoes are cooking.
  • Dice the onions and bell peppers and cook them in a pan (or skillewith salt for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the vegetables then cook the ground beef with the remaining seasonings. Once cooked through, place the veggies back in, dump the diced tomatoes in (don't drain them!), then cover and cook on low for 10 minutes.

How to Assemble the Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Cut a long slit down the top of the potato, and two short slits on each side of the long slit (so it should look like you're carving a capital I in the potato). Push on the ends of the potato to open it up.
  • Place a small amount of ghee (or butter if not paleo/Whole30) if you'd like, or just start spooning some of the ground beef mixture into the sweet potato.
  • Top it with whatever you like - a simple guacamole, cilantro, onions. Anything goes!


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 800mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 19075IU | Vitamin C: 27.4mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.2mg