How to make Taco Sweet Spud Step-by-Step!
I am obsessed with this recipe, and I eat it on a weekly basis to prove my obsession. I love sweet potatoes because they are filling and very cheap. I can usually purchase sweet potatos at Trader Joe’s for around $.70 each. Ground beef varies in pricing, but I usually can purchase it any where from $2.99-$4.99 per pound. I enjoy creating my own taco seasoning out of salt, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. But sometimes, when I am in a hurry, I buy a packet of taco seasoning for around $1. Either way it always turns out great!
You will need a baking sheet, spatula, and frying pan.
Medium Sweet Potato
Don’t forget any of your favorite toppings!
Before prepping, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- So, to start you will need to scrub your sweet potato and remove any supermarket stickers
- After the potatoes are clean, poke holes with a fork in all sides of the sweet potato, the tiny holes allow for the sweet potato to cook all the way through
- Once you are finished with poking holes, coat each potato in olive oil, sea salt, and pepper (Use your judgement on how much salt and pepper to use)
- Now, place your sweet potato on a baking sheet, then place the baking sheet in the 425 degree oven.
- I allow my sweet potatoes to cook between 45 minutes and 1 hour, depending on how big the potato is. If you are unsure, use your fork to pierce the potato, the outside skin should be crisp while the inside should be soft.
- When you feel that your sweet potatoes are 10-15 minutes away from being cooked, it is time to make your taco meat.
- Start by bringing your frying pan to medium heat with some olive oil. Once your pan is hot, place your hamburger meat in the frying pan. Use your spatula to continually break up the hamburger meat into fine pieces. Once the hamburger meat loses all of its pink color, drain the fat from the frying pan. It is now time to season the ground beef.
- Use 1 teaspoon each of sea salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder to season the ground beef (hint: the more cumin you use the more of the traditional taco flavoring you will get).
- After you pour the seasoning over the ground beef, add a half cup of water to the mixture. The water helps disperse all of the seasonings.
- Bring the taco meat to a boil, while continually stirring the meat, then let it simmer until the sweet potato is finished (make sure to keep stirring periodically).
Once your sweet potato is finished, you are ready to dress your taco sweet spud! This is the part where you truly cannot go wrong. You can add cheese, sour cream, salsa, butter, ranch dressing, hot sauce, etc…
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