Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

When you want to spice up your dinner options, but still want something healthy and quick, this recipe for Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef & Beans may be just the thing you’re looking for!

Spicy Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes on a blue platter with lime slices and cheddar cheese.

When I originally made this recipe for stuffed Tex-Mex Sweet Potatoes I used ground beef.

However, if you’re looking to lighten things up and make it even healthier, ground turkey is always a great option. The recipe instructions will remain exactly the same.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this easy dinner of Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (below) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Closeup Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef, Beans, cheese and green onions.

The ingredient list:

  • Sweet potatoes (I like the large ones)
  • ground beef
  • chopped celery
  • chopped onion
  • canned black beans
  • canned fire-roasted chiles
  • canned Rotel tomatoes (I used the lime-cilantro style)
  • frozen corn
  • salt and pepper
  • smoked cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • ground coriander
  • ground cinnamon
  • cocoa powder
  • butter
  • lime juice
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • chopped scallions (optional)

What in the world?

You may say to yourself after reading the ingredient list “Hey!” “What in the world is ground cinnamon and cocoa powder doing in a savory recipe like this?” “And what about the butter and lime juice?” “She has really gone off the deep end with this recipe!” “Has Renee lost her mind?!!”

And my answer would be…Well. Maybe. But not about this recipe!

The ground cinnamon and cocoa powder deepens the savory flavor of the Tex-Mex “stuffing” and gives it a light molé touch, which works wonderfully well with the sweetness of the sweet potato.

And the lime juice cuts through the richness of the filling and balances out all the herbs and spices perfectly, while that little touch of butter helps to keep the flavors lingering on your tongue, bite after delicious bite.

Trust me on this!

Overhead photo of Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef & Beans on a blue platter with an orange napkin.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin B6 and they’re also a good source of vitamin C.
  • Sweet Potatoes are also high in vitamin D which helps build healthy bones.
  • Sweet Potatoes contain iron which helps support a healthy immune system.
  • Sweet Potatoes are also a great source of magnesium which is an anti-stress mineral

You can’t argue with all that, can you?

How to make Tex-Mex stuffed sweet potatoes:

  • While the sweet potatoes are baking in the oven or microwave, in a large skillet brown the ground beef (or ground turkey) along with the onion and celery.
  • Once the meat is no longer pink, add the corn, beans, fired roasted chiles, and Rotel tomatoes into the skillet and stir to combine.
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  • Next stir in the salt, pepper, smoked cumin, smoked paprika, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, and cocoa powder to the skillet.
  • Mix well. Simmer for 5 minutes and stir in the fresh lime juice and butter.
  • Split the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, and fill with a generous helping of the Spicy Tex-Mex filling.
  • Top with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions (if desired), and serve hot!
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Want more delicious sweet potato recipes?

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy and delicious dinner of Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

5 from 2 votes
Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
When you want to spice up your dinner options, but still want something healthy and quick, this recipe for Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef & Beans may be just the thing you’re looking for!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Tex-Mex stuffed sweet potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 607 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) fire roasted chiles
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Rotel (Mexican Style) tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • cups corn kernels frozen
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • chopped scallions optional
Instructions
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes in an oven or microwave until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and celery.
  3. When the meat is no longer pink, stir in the black beans, chiles, tomatoes, and corn.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium/low and stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, and cocoa powder.
  5. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Stir in the fresh lime juice and butter until melted.
  7. Once the potatoes are cooked, split them lengthwise and fill them generously with the Tex-Mex filling.
  8. Serve hot with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions if desired.
Recipe Notes

tools and equipment:

large skillet, wooden spoon or spatula, measuring spoons, can opener

Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 607 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 1312mg57%
Potassium 1677mg48%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 48741IU975%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments

  1. Sophie Heath

    5 stars
    So yummy !

  2. 5 stars
    Using a sweet potato for this is such a great idea!! Great for dinner, my whole family loved it 🙂

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