Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey

Baked sweet potatoes filled with delicious chili- and cumin-spiced ground turkey taco meat and all your favorite taco toppings! 387 calories or 7 WW points. Think of these stuffed sweet potatoes as a healthy taco shell of sorts, and fill them with all of your favorite toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, avocado…anything you want!

turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

If you happened to come and stay at my house for a week, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that by Friday night, you would begin to wonder if I ever actually make anything exciting for dinner. And you would be correct. I don’t! I already told you that Daniel and I are devastatingly boring, so to keep true to who I am, I don’t make elaborate recipes all that often anymore—certainly not with an infant and certainly not when I could make something I sincerely enjoy that consists of, like, 4-5 ingredients and a half dozen spices. Also there are showers to be had! TV shows I haven’t had the chance to binge yet! Beds to crawl into!

turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

So this, my friends, is one of the real life dinner recipes you would happen upon at our house: stuffed sweet potatoes with taco seasoned ground turkey. It’s easy, deliciously sweet-meets-savory, and yes, it’s healthy, too. That’s all any of us really need in a weeknight meal.

Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Turkey Taco Meat

Think of the sweet potato almost like a healthy taco shell of sorts, and fill it with all of your favorite toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, avocado, black beans…anything you want!

The ground turkey gets its taco flavor from a homemade taco seasoning mix made with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and just a touch of brown sugar (light or dark, up to you) to round out the spices. I like to use 93% lean ground turkey because it’s significantly less dry than 99% lean, but if you’re looking to save a few calories, or Weight Watchers points (since the 99% lean is 0 points), you certainly can. Consider adding a few tablespoons more water to your skillet (or even a little salsa), if you notice the turkey drying out.

turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes

You can microwave sweet potatoes to save time but I wouldn’t recommend it. Baked sweet potatoes are leaps and bounds better than microwaved ones. They’re sweeter, since the natural sugars have a chance to caramelize; the flesh is moister; and the skin of the potato crisps slightly without becoming papery and dry.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey

Makes: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 387

Fat per serving: 13g

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey

Baked sweet potatoes filled with delicious chili- and cumin-spiced ground turkey and all your favorite taco toppings! 387 calories or 7 WW points. Think of the sweet potato almost like a healthy taco shell of sorts, and fill it with all of your favorite toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, avocado...anything you want!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 lb ground turkey (see recipe notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: fresh cilantro, finely diced red onion, salsa, sour cream, etc. (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick each one several times with a fork then place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until soft and a fork can easily be inserted into the center of the largest one, 45 to 55 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it browns, until no longer pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the spice mixture, tomato paste, and water, stirring well. Bring the skillet to a simmer, lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey meat has absorbed almost all of the liquid, about 10 minutes.
  4. Cut the sweet potatoes open and use a fork to lightly mash the insides. Plate each potato, spoon the turkey meat evenly among them, and top each with 2 tablespoons of cheese, fresh cilantro, red onion, and/or any other toppings you like!

Nutrition Information & Notes:

1 stuffed potato using 93% lean ground turkey: 11 WW Freestyle points 387 calories, 40g carbs, 13g fat, 29g protein, 312mg sodium, 11g sugar

1 stuffed potato using 99% lean ground turkey: 7 WW Freestyle points 347 calories, 40g carbs, 6g fat, 35g protein, 282mg sodium, 11g sugar

Notes: I like to use 93% lean ground turkey because it’s significantly less dry than 99% lean, but if you’re looking to save a few calories, or Weight Watchers points (since the 99% lean is 0 points), you certainly can. Consider adding a few tablespoons more water to your skillet (or even a little salsa), if you notice the turkey drying out.

Turkey taco meat recipe adapted from All Recipes

http://www.andiemitchell.com/stuffed-sweet-potatoes-with-taco-seasoned-ground-turkey/

Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Turkey Taco Meat! Baked sweet potatoes filled with delicious chili- and cumin-spiced ground turkey taco meat and all your favorite taco toppings! 387 calories or 7 WW points

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2 thoughts on “Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey

  1. Susan

    Good morning!

    I make a similar recipe as well and we had it last night!! I like to add cole slaw (no dressing but add salsa to it) or shredded carrots to mine for added crunch and to bulk it up a bit. Who knew sweet potatoes would work so well in Mexican dishes?! :)

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