Tex Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This is an easy meal that can be adjusted to your eating preferences. I made it last night using lean ground turkey, you can also use leftover roasted chicken. If you are vegetarian, swap out the meat for a mixture of corn and black beans, to give you a complete protein. Vegan? Leave out the cheese, or add in Daiya brand tex-mex shredded cheese. To speed up the process, microwave your potatoes, or bake them a day or 2 before when you have the oven going anyways.

If you have large sweet potatoes, serve one half per person, and add some tortilla chips and salad as a side. This meal is a fun way to eat your veggies.

You will need:

  • Sweet potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • sliced onions (I used red)
  • ground turkey – about 1/2 pound (or your chosen substitute)
  • Tex Mex spice (or taco seasoning)
  • BBQ sauce
  • Chopped fresh tomatoes (I used 2 very ripe ones)
  • Tex Mex Cheese Blend
  • Sour cream and/or salsa for serving

Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil, then place cut side down on a cookie sheet. Mine roasted at 400F for about 25 minutes to be soft. Scoop out the insides, leaving a bit of a rim if you can.

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Meanwhile, cook the onions with a little bit of olive oil until softened, then add in your meat (if using). Sprinkle with your seasoning – I used a heaped teaspoon. Frontera Tex-Mex is one of my all time favourite spice blends.

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When the meat is cooked, add in your chopped tomatoes, and as much BBQ sauce as you like. I ended up adding about a 1/4 cup. Let it simmer, and season to your taste. Yum!

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In a bowl, mash the sweet potato you scooped out. Add the meat mixture and a handful of cheese.

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Now carefully heap this on to the potato shells, and sprinkle with some extra cheese.

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These can go back into the oven until heated through. If you want a crispy top, broil for a minute or 2. I turn the oven off and leave them in there until it is time to serve supper.

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They sure turned out delicious! This is a great game day meal, a great make ahead (just reheat in the oven), and all around delicious!

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