March 23, 2022

Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes

These hearty sloppy Joe stuffed sweet potatoes give you everything you love about the traditional sandwich while being packed with even more fiber and veggies. You’ll love them!

Hearty Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes

Anyone else love a good Sloppy Joe? We didn’t eat them a ton growing up but when we did, I do remember loving them! 

These heart sloppy Joe stuffed sweet potatoes give you everything you love about a traditional sloppy Joe but with more nutrition and an extra veggie. 

Tender sweet potatoes are stuffed with a delicious sloppy Joe mix that will only take you 20 minutes to make. You can prep sweet potatoes in advance to make things even easier!

stuffed sweet potato sloppy joes ingredients

Stuffed Sweet Potato Ingredients

Sloppy Joe Sauce: the sweet and tangy sloppy joe sauce is made from a combination of mustard, tomato to paste, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and a little crushed red pepper flakes.

Ground Beef: for the best results I recommend using lean ground beef so that there is no excess oil in the sloppy joe mixture.

Onion and Garlic: to help build a delicious base of flavor.

Green Bell Pepper: a little green bell pepper helps to add that classic sloppy joe flavor.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese: this is totally optional but if you like a little cheese on your sloppy joes then you can add a bit of shredded sharp cheddar to the top of each potato.

sloppy joe sauce

Ingredient Substitutions

Brown Sugar – you can easily swap the brown sugar in this recipe for coconut sugar if you prefer.

Ground Beef – don’t want to use ground beef? swap it for ground turkey instead!

Green Bell Pepper – any bell pepper will work here. Use what you’ve got!

sweet potatoes on sheet pan

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

The easiest, and in my opinion, the best way to prepare sweet potatoes is my baking them in the oven. Depending on the size of the potato, it usually takes around forty-five minutes to an hour for the sweet potatoes to cook through. After an hour just give the potatoes a gentle squeeze and if they give, they should be done.

If you want my best tips on how to bake sweet potatoes be sure to check out this helpful how-to post on HOW TO BAKE SWEET POTATOES!

What Size Sweet Potatoes to Use

The best sized sweet potatoes to use for this recipe are medium to large potatoes. You want to choose a sweet potato that is large enough to stuff without breaking. However, because each potato is supposed to be a serving, you don’t want to select a potato that’s too large either.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

cast iron skillet

MEASURING CUPS

MEASURING SPOONS

SHARP KNIFE

BAKING SHEET

PARCHMENT PAPER

sloppy joe mixture

How to Make Sloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potatoes

Step One: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thoroughly clean the sweet potatoes and remove any dirt or grit. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45-50 minutes until completely tender. You should easily be able to stick a skewer of toothpick into the thickest part. Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the oven.

Step Two: Add all of the sauce ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Set aside.

Step Three: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the avocado oil and then add the ground beef. Brown the ground beef until no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.

Step Four: Once the meat is brown add the diced onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the skillet along with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes until the onion is tender and translucent.

Step Five: Next, lower the heat to low and pour in the sloppy Joe sauce. Stir until well combined and let simmer on low for 10-12 minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit as a it simmers.

Step Six: When you are ready to serve, use a sharp knife to split the top of the potato open lengthwise. Give the potato ends a gentle squeeze inward to open it up a bit and use a fork to fluff the insides a bit. Top each potato with a generous spoonful of the sloppy joe mixture. Top with sliced green onion and, if using, shredded cheddar cheese.

stuffed sweet potato sloppy joes on plate with shredded cheese

How to Store and Reheat

If you have leftovers I recommend storing the ground beef mixture and the sweet potatoes separately until you are ready to reheat, assemble, and eat the potatoes.

When stored in an air-tight container in the fridge everything should last for 3-4 days. 

You can reheat the ground beef mixture and sweet potatoes separately in the microwave, until heated through, and then assemble.

More Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes to Love

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

stuffed sweet potato sloppy joes on sheet pan

I hope you give these Stuffed Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes a try! They’re hearty, delicious, and filling!

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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop/Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop/Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes

Sloppy Joe Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 6 oz canned tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (93/7)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sliced green onion, for garnish
  • shedded sharp white cheddar cheese, for garnish

Method

  1. Bake Sweet Potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thoroughly clean the sweet potatoes and remove any dirt or grit. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45-50 minutes until completely tender. You should easily be able to stick a skewer of toothpick into the thickest part. Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the oven.
  2. Make the Sloppy Joe Sauce: Add all of the sauce ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Make the Sloppy Joe Mixture: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the avocado oil and then add the ground beef. Brown the ground beef until no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
  4. Once the meat is brown add the diced onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the skillet along with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes until the onion is tender and translucent.
  5. Next, lower the heat to low and pour in the sloppy Joe sauce. Stir until well combined and let simmer on low for 10-12 minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit as a it simmers.
  6. Assemble: When you are ready to serve, use a sharp knife to split the top of the potato open lengthwise. Give the potato ends a gentle squeeze inward to open it up a bit and use a fork to fluff the insides a bit. Top each potato with a generous spoonful of the sloppy joe mixture. Top with sliced green onion and, if using, shredded cheddar cheese.

Keywords: sweet potato sloppy joes, sloppy Joe baked sweet potatoes, healthy sloppy joes

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA

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    5 comments
  1. SO GOOD!!! I had pretty much everything already at my house so it was an easy and budget-friendly recipe to make. I will definitely be putting this in our rotation 🙂 Thank you!

  2. The flavours of the sloppy joe itself was great, but with the sweetness of the sweetpotato became too overwhelming. I ended up having the rest of it with normal potatoes and loved it!

  3. THIS IS SO GOOD! The flavors of the sloppy joes and sweet potatoes go so well together and the sauce is perfect. Another winner from ATHT!

  4. We made these for dinner tonight and my husband (who usually makes the sloppy joes) declared that these are sloppy joes, elevated! Delicious! Will definitely make again. Thanks!

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