sweet potato taco bar

loaded taco sweet potatoes

Loaded sweet potatoes are an affordable, convenient and delicious comfort food that are high in taste and nutrition. Better yet, this dish allows you to add your own flavors and toppings, which means everyone at the table, no matter how picky of an eater, will have something they will enjoy. 

What Kind of Meat for loaded sweet potatoes?

We recommend ground beef that is 93% lean or leaner for this taco-inspired recipe. Ground beef that is 93% lean or leaner is classified as a lean source of protein by the American Heart Association, and a 3 oz serving provides 10 essential nutrients, including Vitamin B12, iron, and zinc, which is important for your immune system to function properly. 

Meals with sauces, like chilis, pastas and tacos are a great way to use lean ground beef because the sauces keep the low-fat beef from drying out.


Some families believe they need to choose ground turkey over ground beef because they believe it is healthier. But is ground turkey really healthier than ground beef? Let's take a look. 

When it comes to 93% ground beef vs. 93% lean ground turkey, beef has fewer calories, less total fat and less cholesterol while providing more protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and selenium. If you’re looking for a wholesome, nutritious and delicious meal, beef definitely fits the bill for this recipe and many others. 

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best Sweet Potato taco toppings

We serve this “family style”, so we like to have many options so everyone in the family can have a meal to look forward to.  Plus, for younger kids, offering a variety of choices can help them take ownership of their meals.

Here are some of our favorite toppings:

  • Tomatoes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Onions
  • Lime juice
  • Pepper Jack cheese
  • Olives

best taco sweet potato bar sauces

The sauces used in this potato bar are what ultimately help bring this dish home. Since this is served as a "bar" you can offer a wide variety for your guests. Traditional taco sauces are great, but this is a great dish to try out a few new flavors or recipes. 

Here are some of our favorite sauces:

  • Cantina-style salsa
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Taco sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Hot sauce
  • Spicy aeoli

Our Favorite Adobo Sauce: Add 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon adobo sauce, a pinch of chili powder and cumin, and lime juice. 

shopping list for the taco sweet potatoes 

taco sweet potato bar                       


  • 6-8 sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound Ground beef, 93% lean or leaner
  • 1 pack taco seasoning
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 4-6 limes
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup taco sauce 
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 avocado