Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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This kid-approved dinner recipe is almost as easy as making tacos in a traditional tortilla shell. Actually, it might be easier because you don’t have to deal with with shells that crack apart and spill your fillings all over the table, or trying to awkwardly hold the taco filling in with one hand while you angle your head around to eat it. With a sweet potato as the “shell,” tacos are a knife-and-fork food: there’s a small sacrifice in crunch, but you get to keep the flavor without the mess factor.

Tacos wouldn’t be tacos without salsa: rustle up a store-bought one that meets Paleo guidelines (remember: no corn!) or make your own using any recipe you like. And speaking of the toppings, none of these are really set in stone, so if there’s something else you like (or something you really hate), add or remove exactly to your taste.

The only thing missing to make this a full meal is a vegetable (sorry, but a tiny sprinkling of tomato and pepper doesn’t count). What about a salad with avocado and maybe some citrus? A crunchy cabbage salad would also be a nice contrast; pick something you like and dig in.

Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 20 min.Cooking time COOK: 45 min.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 4 sweet or russet potatoes;
  • 1/2 onion, diced;
  • 1 tomato, diced;
  • 1 bell pepper diced;
  • 1 cup fresh lettuce, shredded;
  • ½ cup chopped green onions;
  • Fresh salsa;

Ingredients for the taco seasoning

  • 1 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin;
  • ½ tsp. paprika;
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano;
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Scrub and pat potatoes dry. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork and bake in the oven, directly on rack, until soft (about 40 to 45 min. depending on the size of your potatoes).
  3. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the taco seasoning.
  4. Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the onions and cook until soft and fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned.
  7. Sprinkle the taco seasoning onto the beef, and stir to combine. You may want to add 1 or 2 tbsp. of water if the meat is too dry or the seasoning is not mixing well.
  8. Cook the ground beef another minute or two and set aside.
  9. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise slit in each potato and push ends of each potato toward each other to open.
  10. Fill the potatoes with the ground beef and top with all the remaining vegetables.
  11. Serve with fresh homemade salsa.

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