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Sweet Potato Taco Boats

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt


These Sweet Potato Taco Boats are fun and healthy idea for taco night! Stuff sweet potato halves with a spicy beef taco filling and then pile on your favorite taco toppings!



3 large sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped small

1 pound ground beef

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper*

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup bell peppers**, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tbsp jalapeño pepper***, diced

1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, drained

2/3 cup canned black beans, drained

juice of 1 lime


avocado slices


sour cream

cheddar cheese, shredded

fresh cilantro

black olives

lime slices

jalapeño slices


Pre-heat oven to 400°F

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

Wash and dry sweet potatoes

Use a fork to poke some holes into the sweet potato

Lay the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet

Bake for an hour****

Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and allow to cool while you make the taco filling

Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat

When the olive is heated add the yellow onion, sauté 3-4 minutes

Add the ground beef to the skillet, work with a wooden spoon to break up the beef and allow it to start to brown

In a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and slat

Pour the spice mixture into the skillet and mix it to coat the beef

When the beef is browned add in the peppers, garlic and jalapeño, sauté 2-3 minutes

Pour in the tomatoes, sauté 3-4 minutes

Reduce the heat to simmer and mix in the black beans and lime juice

Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes

When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half length wise

Use spoon to scoop out most of the sweet potato, but leave about a half inch layer in the skin

In a bowl, use a fork to mash the sweet potato you removed

Add back half the mashed sweet potato to each potato half, leaving room to add the taco filling

Spoon the taco filling into each sweet potato half, piling on as much filling as you can fit without it spilling over

Top the sweet potato taco boats with desired toppings

Enjoy immediately


*use less for less heat or a little more for an extra kick

**red, yellow or orange or a mixture of all 3

***remove seeds to reduce heat

****bake time will depend on size of the sweet potato, depending on how large your sweet potatoes are you may need to increase to 1 hour 15 minutes