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Take sloppy Joes to a new level with tender sweet potatoes standing in for the bun. Sweet potatoes pair perfectly with the tangy, flavorful filling of ground beef, black beans and spices. Chopped dill pickle sprinkled on top adds crunch to this quick weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned but not completely cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a medium bowl, reserving drippings in the pan.

  • Add onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add beans, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard and brown sugar. Return the beef to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the beef is just cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Press open to make a well in the center of each half. Divide the mixture between the halves. Top with chopped pickle, if desired.


Tip: If you would like to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to check the ingredients for the Worcestershire sauce to make sure it's gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts

1 filled potato half
371 calories; protein 24g; carbohydrates 41g; dietary fiber 8g; sugars 14g; fat 13g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 55mg; vitamin a iu 17802IU; vitamin c 26mg; folate 26mcg; calcium 103mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 89mg; potassium 1174mg; sodium 602mg.