Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a fun and nutritious spin on an old favorite! This recipe is easy to make, tastes great leftover and family (and even baby!) friendly. It’s also very versatile — use any ground meat you like, and feel free to serve on a whole wheat bun or sandwich thin if you prefer!

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

ingredients for sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

I bet you already have several of the ingredients you need for this recipe in your pantry!

  • Sweet potatoes – duh ; )
  • Ground meat of choice – beef, turkey, whatever you like or have on hand!
  • Onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Various spices
  • Tomato sauce
  • Green onions & plain Greek yogurt (optional for topping)
sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes ingredients

how to make sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes + recipe tips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash sweet potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel, then poke holes using a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Place sweet potatoes in oven and set timer for 45-60 minutes. Rotate and/or flip sweet potatoes every 15-20 minutes using tongs to cook evenly.

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

While sweet potatoes are baking, prepare other ingredients. Combine spice mixture in a small bowl: brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder and black pepper. Set aside. Dice yellow onion & chop green onion for topping; drain and rinse chickpeas.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, then add diced yellow onion and minced garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.

Next, add ground meat, and cook until browned. Once cooked, add your spice mix, and stir to evenly distribute throughout. Cook for about 1 minute.

Add 1/4 cup water and 8 oz of tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat, and simmer for ~2 minutes until thickened.

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

Microwave chickpeas for about 20-30 seconds, and then use clean hands to remove the skins (optional). Here is a quick video tutorial that explains how to do it as well – a little bit quicker and more efficiently!

After heating, they come off very easily. Also optional – use a fork or the back of a spoon to gently mash/flatten chickpeas (ideal if you are serving to baby). Add chickpeas to the meat mixture and stir until combined.

Once sweet potatoes are soft, remove from oven and cut in half.

Top with the sloppy joe mixture (~1/2-2/3 cup). Garnish with chopped green onions and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, if desired.

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

Serve alongside roasted veggies of choice, or a side salad.

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition

This recipe was originally inspired by the lighter sloppy joe recipe on MyRecipes.com (originally posted on Cooking Light). At first, we served them on 100% whole wheat Sandwich Thins along with some roasted veggies, which was delicious!

Then, Ethan came across this Delish recipe for Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, and I decided to marry the two and make a few tweaks! The result? Perfection.

sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

I love that this recipe is made with whole food ingredients and low in added sugar and salt. The meat provides a good dose of protein, iron and vitamin B12, and the chickpeas provide an extra punch of plant-based protein as well as dietary fiber. Sweet potaotes are a great source of potassium, vitamin A and even more fiber!

Bonus: the sweet and savory flavor combo is DELICIOUS.

SLOPPY JOE STUFFED SWEET POTATOES: RECIPE NOTES

  • The meat/sauce mixture only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook on the stovetop. Most of the other prep work (such as chopping the onions, draining/rinsing the chickpeas, mixing up the spices, etc.) can be done while the sweet potatoes are cooking in the oven. I also chopped up some veggies to roast on the side while the sweet potatoes cooked, and they still came out around the same time. I recommend roasting cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts to serve with this dish.
  • If you’re in a pinch, you can cook your sweet potatoes in the microwave instead! I prefer the taste of them baked in the oven, BUT, this is a nice, quick option if and when you need it. You still wash the sweet potato, poke holes using a fork, and place it on a microwave-safe dish to cook in microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on the size of the potato, until tender.
  • If you are cooking for two or three people, you can just make as many sweet potatoes as you need at that time, or you can make extras to serve with the leftover sloppy joe mixture in the next few days. This whole recipe reheats great in the microwave!
  • The sloppy joe mixture makes about 8-10 servings total. Serve any leftovers on whole wheat buns or Sandwich Thins, with additional baked sweet potatoes, or freeze in a freezer-safe container for future use.
sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Shanna Hutcheson
Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes put a fun, healthy spin on an old favorite that will satisfy your whole family. You will love the sweet and savory flavor combination in this delicious dish.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 459 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium/large sweet potatoes

Spice Mix

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Meat/Sauce Mixture:

  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground meat of choice beef, turkey, chicken
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 oz unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 oz chickpeas no-salt-added, drained and rinsed & mashed

Optional toppings:

  • 6 Tbsp chopped green or red onions
  • 6 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Wash sweet potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel, then poke holes using a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place sweet potatoes in oven and set timer for 45-60 minutes. Rotate and/or flip sweet potatoes every 15-20 minutes using tongs to cook evenly.
  • While sweet potatoes are baking, prepare other ingredients. Combine spice mixture in a small bowl: brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder and black pepper. Set aside. Dice yellow onion & chop green onion for topping; drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, then add diced yellow onion and minced garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
  • Next, add ground meat, and cook until browned. Once cooked, add your spice mix, and stir to evenly distribute throughout. Cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add 1/4 cup water and 8 oz of tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat, and simmer for ~2 minutes until thickened.
  • Microwave chickpeas for about 20-30 seconds, and then use clean hands to remove the skins (optional). After heating, they come off very easily. Also optional – use a fork or the back of a spoon to gently mash/flatten chickpeas (ideal if you are serving to baby). Add chickpeas to the meat mixture and stir until combined.
  • Once sweet potatoes are soft, remove from oven, cut in half and top with the sloppy joe mixture (~1/2-2/3 cup). Garnish with chopped green onions and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, if desired.
  • Serve alongside roasted veggies of choice, or a side salad.

Roasted Veggies:

  • Chop up vegetables of choice to roast. (Suggestions: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, etc.)
  • Toss veggies in extra virgin olive oil to lightly coat, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic powder, and place in oven at 400 F, alongside baking sheet with sweet potatoes.
  • Roast for ~30-35 minutes, tossing veggies halfway through to cook evenly.

Notes

Sloppy joe mixture makes about 8-10 servings total. Serve any leftovers on whole wheat buns or Sandwich Thins, with additional baked sweet potatoes, or freeze in a freezer-safe container for future use. 

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 35gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 426mgPotassium: 1393mgFiber: 14gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 26441IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 5mg
Keyword family friendly recipe, meal prep recipe, sloppy joes, stuffed sweet potatoes
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I highly recommend adding Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes to your meal plan for the upcoming week. It’s a super simple weeknight dinner that can double as a healthy work lunch! As always, tag me in your creations on Instagram @wellnessforthewin, and pin this on Pinterest so you can make it over and over again!

Enjoy!

Shanna

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17 Comments

  1. When prepping for lunches- would you store the sloppy joe meat separate from the sweet potato? Or just throw it all together in a container?

  2. This was awesome – I made the recipe twice in one week! I used 98% lean turkey and served it over roasted sweet potatoes. The green onions are an excellent topping choice! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Loooove these so much! I was worried about it having a mushy texture because of the sweet potatoes and ground turkey but the chickpeas help SO MUCH!! This recipe is tasty, easy, and has found its way into my recipe rotation. Thanks for this one, Shanna!

    1. Aww, yay!!! So happy to hear this! I love this sweet & savory combo, too – so good! I need to make this one again! Thank you so much for your review. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t made this in a while but I remember the first time I made it, it was incredible! My friends loved it as well! I’ve been craving this so I will make this meal this week. I really like how Shanna uses minimal spices but with the greatest flavors. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    1. Yay! SO glad you loved it the first time around and hope you feel the same way this time! 🙂 Thank you so much for your review!

  5. 5 stars
    Another 5 star recipe! I followed the recipe without any modifications and absolutely loved it. Definitely a great way to enjoy sloppy joes!

  6. 5 stars
    This is such a good recipe, easy to make and to use with sweet potato fries if you have those instead of a sweet potato. 👍

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