Turn up taco Tuesday with these easy taco stuffed sweet potatoes! Deliciously seasoned turkey piled high inside an air-fried sweet potato and topped with your favorite toppings. A family-friendly meal that invites everyone to customize their own stuffed potato.
Make a batch ahead of time for the week. These are even a huge hit for meatless Mondays, swap out ground turkey for seasoned black beans or grilled veggies. Whatever way you choose to dress up your stuffed sweet potatoes, it's sure to be a Whole Lotta Yum!
Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Taco stuffed sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious and definitely a keeper for your meal rotations. No air fryer? You can use baked sweet or regular potatoes from the oven as well. Use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, prick sweet potatoes with a fork, and bake until fork tender. Add olive oil to the skins for a crisp texture without getting burnt.
This recipe is a favorite in our house, and perfect for those with picky eaters. Everyone can customize a potato with their favorite toppings. Keeps the whole family happy and full.
Why You'll Love This!
- Great for meal prep- An easy recipe to make ahead and prep for your weekly lunches or dinners.
- Super yummy- Tacos in any form are going to be super yummy, pair these flavors with the subtle sweetness of sweet potatoes. You'll love it!
- Quick and easy! Just a few ingredients, simple to customize, and ready to enjoy within the hour!
- Healthy - Doesn't get any healthier than fresh ingredients and ground turkey. Sweet potatoes also offer a variety of vitamins including vitamins B6, A, C, and manganese.
🥘 Taco Stuffed Sweet Potato Ingredients
Air fryer sweet potatoes are a wonderfully easy, healthy, and filling meal you can make in under an hour. Depending on the side of your air fryer, you may be able to make even more than we can!
- Sweet potatoes - When picking out sweet potatoes make sure they are all of similar size so they'll cook evenly. You can also use russet potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.
- Ground turkey - Ground chicken, extra lean ground beef, or your favorite ground meat.
- Taco seasoning packet - Try our homemade taco seasoning! As a bonus, it's keto-friendly.
- Tomato - A large beefsteak tomato will yield a lot of meaty diced tomato pieces. Alternatively, you could use homemade salsa or hot sauce.
- Sliced black olives - In addition to, or in place of black olives you could use black beans, diced bell pepper, red onion, or green onions.
- Mexican blend cheese - Any combination of your favorite cheese. Popular Mexican cheeses that will taste delicious are Cotija, Chihuahua, and Manchego cheese.
- Guacamole - Fresh or store-bought guacamole adds a healthy and creamy addition to your taco-stuffed sweet potatoes. In addition to guac, sliced avocado or a smooth plain greek yogurt are both great healthy fat options.
- Cilantro - Fresh cilantro will add a bit of brightness!
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Meatless: Eliminate the meat entirely. Replace the meat with black beans, refried beans, sauteed mushroom and onions, plant-based protein, or taco-seasoned tofu.
- Toppings: Your taco Tuesday stuffed sweet potatoes can be customized with your favorite toppings. Try our unique topping options of pickled red onion or grilled veggies.
- Add a cream sauce: A tasty drizzle of this cheese sauce or a thinned sour cream and lime sauce.
🔪 How to Cook Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
While your sweet potatoes are air frying, use that time to prep your veggies and turkey taco meat.
Pierce each sweet potato a few times with a fork.
Preheat your air fryer to 400 F for 5 minutes.
Air fry the sweet potatoes for a total of 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they can easily be pierced with a fork. Times can vary based on the sweet potato sizes or your air fryer.
While the sweet potatoes are roasting, cook the ground turkey taco meat on the stovetop according to the instructions on the back of the seasoning packet.
Make a cut across the top of each sweet potato. With a fork, fluff up the inside of the sweet potatoes.
Top each sweet potato boat with a scoop of taco meat.
Sprinkle with cheese. Cook in the air fryer for 1 minute to melt the cheese, if desired.
Garnish with your favorite taco toppings such as diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, guacamole, salsa, and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
🥗 Dietary Substitutions
As written our taco stuffed sweet potatoes are a healthy dinner option and can fit into any dietary restriction you may have.
- Gluten-free: To ensure your recipe is gluten-free, double check your taco seasoning packet ingredients. Use our homemade taco seasoning if you're unsure, it is gluten-free.
- Dairy-free: Use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese.
- Whole30: Eliminate the dairy to make this recipe Whole30.
💡 Recipe Tips
- We used an air fryer to cook the sweet potatoes, you can also bake the sweet potatoes or cook them in an Instant Pot.
- The cooking time on the sweet potato varies based on the size of the sweet potato you purchased. Just cook them a little longer if they aren't easy to pierce with a fork.
- Baked sweet potatoes also make a terrific base for fajitas, sloppy joes, BBQ, or Philly cheesesteaks too!
🥡 Storing and Reheating
- Storing: I wouldn't recommend storing them all dressed up, when reheating, this could make your toppings warm and soft when they're meant to be crisp and cold. Let your taco meat and potatoes cool completely then store them individually in an airtight container to maintain their freshness. Eat within 3-4 days for the best flavors.
- Freezing: You can freeze leftover whole sweet potatoes that have been cooked. Let them cool completely, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then again in foil. Store them in a freezer bag or container for up to 6 months.
- Reheating: Reheat your sweet potatoes in a preheated 350 F oven, wrapped in foil, for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes for a faster cook. Warm your taco meat in a skillet until heated through.
By piercing the potato with a fork, you're allowing the steam to escape as it cooks. This helps to prevent the potato from tearing open and also ensures that it cooks evenly. Additionally, piercing the potato can help to speed up the cooking process by allowing heat to penetrate the potato more easily. This process doesn't just need to be done if air frying, piercing the potato when baking, or microwaving.
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