These sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes are easy, delicious, and Whole30! They are the perfect meal for busy nights and fancy dinners alike. The meat filling comes together in 20 minutes, and the sweet potatoes are completely hands-off! If you want a healthy meal that tastes just as good as your childhood favorite, this recipe is for you!
Last October, one of my friends was kind enough to point out that despite the fact that I named my blog “My Sweet Potato Life,” I had published very few sweet potato recipes. At the time, I had more apple recipes than I had sweet potato recipes! Since then, I’ve stepped up my act with a TON of new sweet potato recipes! See this breakfast pizza, this hash, this “rice” stuffing, this salad, this breakfast bake, and these sliders (probably my favorite recipe, to be honest!). Today, I’m sharing these sweet potato stuffed sloppy joes. . . and I have another sweet potato recipe coming your way next week! To say I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes is definitely an understatement.
Case in point: Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
Believe me when I say that oven-baked sweet potatoes are worth the time they take. Their flesh becomes SO soft and sweet, and their skin caramelizes with juices brought out by the oven. Yes, you have to wait an hour for these sweet potatoes, but I know you can do it! The payoff is incredible.
I didn’t forget about Healthy January/Whole30 January (but I AM planning my reintroduction already), so this is another squeaky clean/compliant recipe! It’s full of vegetables, protein, healthy fats, etc. . . all that good stuff! If you’re ready to ditch the wheat-y buns of traditional sloppy joes, read on for the recipe!
Side note: Another thing that elevates these sloppy joes above their conventional counterpart is the fact that you won’t spill sloppy joe sauce all over yourself when you eat them! These are easy to eat with a fork (or spoon, however you roll), and they lend themselves well to a bowl so that you can capture all of the yummy juices.
These are so straightforward, a baby could make them! It would have to be a highly functioning baby, but still. They could do it.
Begin by cooking onion and green bell pepper in a skillet until the onion’s translucent. Then, add the ground beef (you could use turkey, pork, or chicken, too) and cook until it’s no longer pink. Meanwhile, make the sauce!
The sauce is where the magic happens. Traditionally, it’s a combination of ketchup and barbecue sauce (I think? Collectively, I have had “real” sloppy joes less than five times.). To make this recipe Whole30 compliant, I used a few pitted, soaked dates for sweetness. Combine the dates with tomato paste, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, and a few other ingredients, whiz them together in the blender, and boom! You have sloppy joe sauce that’s fit for a king to eat. Although I can barely remember what sloppy joes taste like, I know that this is good. It’s so good, in fact, that I made up excuses to keep the whole batch for myself.
Here’s how to finish: Combine the sauce with the meat. Serve the saucy meat mixture over your drool-inducing baked sweet potatoes and bask in your family’s praise as they shower you with compliments. Win at life.
Okay, but in all seriousness, I LOVE this recipe! I think I need to make it this weekend for some quick and easy lunches or dinners this week.