Are you looking for a dish that's both comforting and healthy? Make these delicious turkey taco stuffed sweet potatoes. Ground turkey is lighter than ground beef, while sweet potatoes offer a tasty twist to the usual white spuds. (Bonus: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber too). Add your favorite taco toppings and you have a delicious weeknight meal.
Things You'll Need
4 medium sweet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup water or broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/3 cup shredded cheese
Avocado, lime juice and parsley or cilantro (for topping)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
The last eight ingredients are for the homemade taco seasoning. You can use a 1-ounce packet of taco seasoning in place of these spices.
Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Prick the potatoes with a fork to let steam escape as they bake. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until soft and easily pierced with a fork.
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In a small bowl, combine all the taco seasoning ingredients.
Start cooking the turkey about 20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are ready. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onions and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the ground turkey. Break up the meat with a spatula and cook until no longer pink.
Add the taco seasoning, salsa, cornstarch and water.
Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Remove the baked sweet potatoes from the oven. Slice each potato in half lengthwise.
For each half, scoop out about 1/3 of the flesh. You can also press down on the flesh to make room for the filling.
Top each potato half with turkey taco meat.
Garnish with shredded cheese, mashed avocado, lime juice and fresh parsley or cilantro. You can also add more salsa or a drizzle of hot sauce. Enjoy!