These Healthy Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a healthy twist you Taco Tuesday. Sweet potatoes are full of health benefits and are a food that is available all year long…definite a perk! This recipe is a quick meal to get on the table in just twenty minutes. Plus it’s super fun to make because it’s the “build your own” method, meaning you get to pick all of your toppings! Another great recipe for kids or all the picky eaters out there.
It’s Taco Tuesday and the 10 day countdown from Christmas! Do you have all of your shopping done yet?
Thankfully, for the first time ever, I bought all of my presents early this year which is why I feel the need to share this, because it’ll probably never happen again.
I’m usually still buying Christmas presents on Christmas Eve because we all have that person that is hard to shop for. For me, it’s my dad. He is the absolute hardest person to shop for because he likes to buy his own stuff. This year he actually gave me an idea (food related) so hopefully we can feature it on the blog in the near future.
Sweet Potato Benefits
Earlier in 2020, I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. I started to do some research on different foods and diets that help with inflammation. Here are some of the fun facts I learned about them through my research:
- Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable. can be found year round and they’re cheap, which is why they are even better for this recipe.
- They are full of many health benefits including Vitamin A, B, C, E and magnesium to name a few.
- Sweet potatoes are also suggested to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties. I have always liked sweet potatoes, but after being diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis earlier this year, I have done a lot of research on anti-inflammatory foods and found out that sweet potatoes are on the list.
- Lastly, they are good for hair and skin!!!
I’m sure there are more benefits, but I’m no scientist, so I’ll just stick to the benefits I know.
This recipe is extremely easy to make. The only “cooking” you have to do is brown the meat. I like to use ground turkey, but you can certainly use ground beef if that is what you prefer.
Sweet potatoes cook easily in the microwave (in just 10 minutes), but if you have a big family, it is probably more practical to make them in the oven so you can cook several at a time. Here are the two cooking methods:
- Microwave: Poke holes on all sides of sweet potatoes. Cook on a microwave safe plate for 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes.
- Oven: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use a fork to poke holes on all sides of the sweet potato. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 40-45 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Please allow for more time if using this method. This recipe time is based off of the microwave cooking method.
Other than that, just slice and dice your favorite toppings and layer them on top of your potato. Will you be trying this one?!
If you are a picky eater, this is the perfect way to build your own and pick all of your favorite toppings. Some of my suggested topping options are:
- your favorite hot sauce
- Mexican blend cheese
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- pickled onions I like Bobby Flay’s Pickled Onion recipe
- red cabbage
- diced onion
- sour cream or greek yogurt
- avocado crema via one of my favorite recipe blogs
- pico de gallo
- black olives
- guacamole or diced avocado
If you’re looking for a healthier twist on Taco Tuesday, give these Healthy Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes a try. I think you’re going to love them…and your body will too!
Healthy Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 1 sweet potato per person
- 1 pckg ground turkey
- 1 packet lower sodium taco seasoning
- roasted corn
- Mexican blend cheese shredded
- red cabbage sliced
- tomatoes diced
- cliantro chopped
- green onions sliced
- jalapeno sliced
- lime wedges
- Chipotle Creama
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1-1 ½ tbsp Chipotle Cholula hot sauce
- Make the sweet potatoes in the microwave. Using a fork, poke holes all around the potato. Cook on a plate for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through (If you're cooking more than one potato at a time, I would recommend added a minute or two to your cook potato). Remove and set aside until you're ready to assemble.
- While potatoes are cooking, cook your taco meat in a non stick skillet. Once meat is cooked, add taco seasoning and cook according to package.
- Heat up frozen roasted corn in a non stick skillet.
- Slice a slit on the top of the sweet potatoes. Using a fork, shred inside of the potato and then begin to assemble toppings. Add a layer of meat, corn, and top with cheese. Add all other desired toppings.
- Mix together nonfat Greek yogurt and Chipotle Cholula sauce to create creama. Drizzle on top. Spinkle with chopped cilantro and green onions.
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I’d love to hear from you once you get the chance to make this recipe. Leave a comment below with your review or any modifications you made! And don’t forget to tag @rightbackspatula on Instagram if you take any pictures!
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