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Savory Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes


Today I am bringing you one of my favorite fall dishes starring one of my favorite foods, sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and full of antioxidants! They are a great addition to any meal because they can fit in both savory and sweet dishes. The recipe below really highlights the versatility of sweet potatoes. Not only is this dish delicious, but it is also quick, easy, and a simple recipe the whole family will love.

What I love about this recipe is that it is great for meal prepping in advance. They keep wonderfully in the fridge and are easy to heat up.

Most recipes recommend using lean ground beef, but I really enjoy swapping in lean ground turkey every now and then. If you are in a hurry, skip the oven and try throwing those sweet potatoes in the instant pot to speed up prep time. Another benefit of this recipe is that it is easily modified to fit your own taste preferences. You can adjust the amount of sugar and salt to meet your needs, tastes, and likes. You can also modify this recipe to incorporate extra veggies in with the toppings and sloppy joe mixture.

Savory Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 4


    • 4 sweet potatoes (pre-baked)
    • 1 ½ lbs. of lean ground beef or ground turkey
    • ½ onion, chopped small
    • ½ green pepper, chopped small
    • ½ red pepper, chopped small
    • ¼ cup of celery, chopped small
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp of chili powder
    • 1 tsp of cumin
    • 2 Tbsp of coconut sugar or honey
    • 1 – 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, with liquids
    • 1 – 6 oz can of tomato paste
    • Scallions and avocado slices to garnish (optional)


  • Sweet Potato Preparation:
    1. 1. You’ll want to start cooking your sweet potatoes first. You can cook them in the oven or throw them in the instant pot to save time.
    2. 2. Preheat the oven to 425°F, poke holes into the sweet potato with a fork and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
    3. 3. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes.

  • Instant pot instructions (if desired):
    1.     1. Start with sweet potatoes that are similar in size.
    2.     2. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the instant pot
    3.     3. Add a trivet or steamer basket to keep the potatoes elevated above the water.
    4.     4. Use the appropriate cook time based on potato size
    5.         a. Small (6 to 8 oz): 12 minutes at high pressure
    6.         b. Medium (8 to 12 oz): 18 minutes at high pressure
    7.         c. Large (12 to 16 oz): 25 minutes at high pressure
    8.     5.When cook time is up let pressure release for 10 minutes before using the quick release.

  • Sloppy Joe Mixture:
    1. 4. Start making your sloppy joe mixture when the sweet potatoes have about 15 minutes remaining.
    2. 5. Sauté the onions, garlic, celery together in a skillet until onions are tender.
    3. 6. Add and brown the ground beef in the same skillet.
    4. 7. Next, add the spices, coconut sugar (or honey), and bell peppers to the skillet.
    5. 8. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes with liquids and the tomato paste.
    6. 9. Simmer all together on low for about 15 minutes
    7. 10. Finish with salt and pepper to taste
    8. 11. Cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out a portion to form a little bowl and fill with sloppy joe mixture or slice up each sweet potato into wedges and pour sloppy joe mixture over the top. 
    9. 12. Best served hot!

I personally like to serve the whole sweet potato with this dish. I simply cut my sweet potato in half and pour the sloppy joe all over. I do not scoop any of the sweet potato out like the recipe suggests. I also love to top with some scallions and a couple of avocado slices on the side.

Recipe Adapted from: http://www.paleonewbie.com/

Tatyana Long received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of North Florida and is currently a graduate student and dietetic intern at Texas Woman’s University. She has a passion for helping others create a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. She loves dietetics because of how versatile the field is. Outside of dietetics, she enjoys being outside hiking or biking and being in the air doing aerial fitness.

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