Sloppy Joe-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound each)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 12 ounces lean ground beef

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill pickle (Optional)


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

371 Calories
13g Fat
41g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Vitamin A 17802IU 356%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 26mcg 7%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 89mg 21%
Potassium 1174mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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