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Easy Taco-Topped Sweet Potato

easy taco tuesday sweet potato topped with taco mix

This recipe is my wholesome, delicious, but a little twisted paleo version of Taco Tuesday…

I threw this together on the fly recently when I was was craving a super-quick but hearty paleo meal that had lots of flavor.

It’s just a baked sweet potato with a bit of the flesh hollowed out, and it’s filled with a skillet-cooked ground meat taco mix. Nothing fancy, but so darn good!

I love the spiciness of the taco seasoning with the slight sweetness of the potato. Once I added the traditional toppings I wondered why I hadn’t tried this ridiculously simple combo way before now.whole30 compliant recipe mark

I had to bake my sweet potatoes just for this recipe…but I know a number of you like to plan ahead and usually have a handful of sweet potatoes that are already baked and ready to go. If that’s you, this fun little meal can come together in just 15 minutes or so!

This one really is the perfect meal prep idea for those weeknights when you just don’t have time to put together a meal from scratch. You could even make this taco filling ahead of time too and freeze it for a quick heat and eat meal.

I used my own homemade taco seasoning mix for this one…and in fact it pops up in a number of recipes here on Paleo Newbie. But feel free to use use your own pre-packaged favorite to save time if you like.

Easy-peasy, #whole30 and delicious.

Easy Taco-Topped Sweet Potato

Easy Taco-Topped Sweet Potato


  • 3/4 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 ounce can of green chilies -OR- fresh chili peppers of your choice (I used a Hatch chili pepper for mine)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning (see below for my easy version, or use your favorite pre-made seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup salsa, pre-made
  • 1/2 cup of guacamole, pre-made
  • 1/4 cup black olives, drained and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • -
  • Optional Garnish
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • -
  • Taco Seasoning
  • (optional homemade version...this will make more than you need, but you'll use it in other paleo recipes!)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. If using the homemade taco seasoning above, just stir the spices together to combine and set aside
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat
  3. Add onions, and if you're using a fresh chili pepper, add that now too. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until tender
  4. Next add your ground beef or turkey to the skillet along with 1 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning (see seasoning ingredients above, or use your own pre-made favorite) Cook just until meat is cooked through.
  5. Next add 1 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste. And, if you're using canned chilis instead of fresh, now's the time to add those to the skillet. Simmer everything together just a few minutes and remove from heat
  6. Spoon hot mixuture into warm fully-baked potato. Top with salsa, olives, guacamole, or any other fixings you like. Sprinkle with green onions and fresh cilantro

2 replies
  1. Kim
    Kim says:

    You mention plantain chips in the ingredients. However, I do not see in the directions what I am suppose to do with them. Thanks!

    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Kim, I use them as chips for taco dips and guacamole. Also sometimes I sprinkle them with cinnamon and a little coconut sugar when they’re still hot. Delish! 🙂


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