Loaded Turkey Stuffed-Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Do you like carbs? Hell yes you do. If you don’t, you’re either 1.) a liar, or 2.) a liar. Carbs make meals more delicious. The only problem is the spike the sh*t out of our insulin and give us saddle bags. Oh, you don’t know what saddle bags are? I hate you.

Moving on though. Sweet potatoes are definitely my splurge when it comes to carbohydrates, other than when I go all out for a cheat meal and stuff my face with mac and cheese covered with breadcrumbs…but that’s besides the point. Sweet potatoes are freaking delicious and I try to stick them in my diet randomly, especially for a post wod meal. Cutting out everything in a diet, including higher glycemic foods, is just unrealistic. Telling yourself you can’t have something, ever, will ruin your diet. So splurge a little here and there. Live a little.

Want to know how I’m living it up this weekend? Of course you do. I’m having a girls night out on Friday. This night will include alcoholic beverages and dancing like an idiot. It may also include falling. Why? Because I plan on being a girl and wearing heels. Is that scary? Hell yes it is. First of all, I don’t really know how to be a girl anymore so wearing heels makes me feel like an awkward teenager again. And second, because I rolled my ankle during the Tough Mudder and have a kankle. It’s incredibly sexy, if you’re into that sort of thing, weirdo.


Loaded Turkey Stuffed-Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (I used the yellow kind)*
  • 1/4 cup Red Hot hot sauce (or another kind you like)
  • 1 tablespoon fat (I used duck fat)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut your sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise and put them face down on a cookie sheet. Put in the oven to cook for about 25-30 minutes depending how thick they are. You will know when they are done if they are easy to push on, on the skin side. If you pull them out early and the inside doesn’t come out easily with a spoon, you’ll need to cook them a bit longer.
  3. While your sweet potatoes cook, put out a pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit of fat to the hot pan then add your garlic and onions to start cooking down.
  4. Once the onions are translucent, add the ground turkey and use a large spoon to break it up to help cook it a bit quicker.
  5. When the turkey is half way done cooking, add the spices. Let the turkey cook until no longer pink or until completely cooked through, take off heat.
  6. Now pull your sweet potatoes out of the oven and use a large spoon to scoop out the insides. Be careful to not go totally to the skin or it may tear and be pointless to add meat to.
  7. Put the insides of the sweet potatoes directly into your pan of turkey and mix thoroughly to combine.
  8. Now scoop out the new mixture and put into your sweet potato skins. You can go as high as you want. Think of it as a loaded bake potato…load that sh*t on!!
  9. Now put those loaded sweet potatoes back on the cookie sheet, face up, back into the oven and cook for 3-5 more minutes just to meld the flavors together and harden the top a bit
  10. Now eat them. They are DAMN GOOD. I mean it. Like seriously. Really good.


*I don’t know if the yellow kind of sweet potatoes are called something, so I just call them yellow…or with a hick accent, yeller. Anyways, the yellow sweet potatoes are a bit starchier and mix well in this meal, but other kinds would work just fine, i’m sure.

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Grocery Store Helper:

  • Ground Turkey: on sale at King Soopers for $2.99/lb
  • Sweet Potatoes: bought at Sunflower Market

Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


70 thoughts on “Loaded Turkey Stuffed-Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Thanks Chris!

    Lindsey and Kris–you gotta try this one! You will not regret it! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and leaving a comment! You guys rock!

    Paleofirsttimer–You are the BEST!! So glad you tried it AND liked it!!

  2. Made these last night and they were so good! You've definitely got some talent. Everything I've made has been awesome. Love reading your adventures and recipes. Thank you!

  3. I am in love with your BLOG…addicted actually. I am a recent convert to the Paleo lifestyle and am trying lots of new things to show my hubby and toddler there are awesome alternatives! These were so YUMMY!

  4. Made these this weekend, and they were AWESOME! Yummy and spicy and….yummy.

    I was looking for something to have with them as a side dish (so I didn’t eat the whole batch), and came up with some chili lime cauliflower rice. I cooked up some onion and garlic, added the raw cauliflower rice, and sprinkled some chili powder in. I also squeezed the juice of one lime and grated some lime zest in as well. At the end, mix in some chopped cilantro and BOOM. Yum. I thought it went pretty well with your smoky, spicy, sweet creation.

  5. Made these tonight with a modification. I can’t eat nightshades, so no paprika and I don’t care for chipotle. So I left out those two ingredients and the red pepper and in their place I added…a pound of bacon. Yum!!!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Really enjoy your blog and sense of humor.

  6. This was GREAT! Before adding the turkey to the mashed sweet potato mixture, I added honey and cinnamon ( just a dash of both) to amplify the sweet potatoes and keep that sweetness from disappearing from the overall taste. It was absolutely amazing! Perfect balance between sweet and salty. The hot sauce (i used tabasco) gave just enough kick to get all your tastebuds involved in this one dish. Definitely recommend!

  7. There should be a warning label on this–it’s SPICY! At least mine certianly was. Delicious, but it made me sweat. I will definitely make it again, and go lighter on the spices and hot sauce.

  8. Thank you for keeping things real. Your sense of humor is refreshing and honest. I just started on my Paleo journey and your recipes are simple enough for my beginning cook self to sort out. 😉

  9. I have never been a fan of sweet potatoes, but I have seen the light. This was amazing and it helped satisfy my chili craving! The husband asked if I would put this in the dinner rotation. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  10. This was delicious! My two year old devoured it. I added some cooked bacon pieces and topped it with homemade guacamole. DEEE-LISH!

  11. I made this today, and I LOVED it. Every recipe of yours I’ve made (all 3 of them… lol) have been amazing. I’m new to Paleo, so your site is like my bible. 😀

  12. I’m so happy I came across a link to this blog, I printed out a bunch of recipes and went shopping! Made this recipe yesterday and it was freakin fantastic!! And man did it have a BITE! My boyfriend isn’t into spicy, but this chick is. I loved it and will be making more, thank you!!

  13. Made this tonight for my family – they loved it!!! They’re not paleo but I think I may have begun to convert my dad…

  14. Absolutely amazing! I did my own spin, but the base is superb!!! I’m always looking for new ways to spice up those boring old sweet potatoes and this sure did the trick :}

  15. delicious! I didn’t realize that the hot sauce was meant to be mixed in when the spices went in so we just put it on top of the loaded potatoes before the second bake. We also had to bake our potatoes at least 20 minutes longer i’m guessing due to size or that we used the orange potatoes. Either way, very tasty! We had plenty of the filling leftover too 🙂

  16. Delicious! My family loved this recipe… I had to force my 6-year-old to take a bite (knowing he would love it!)… and he devoured it and asked for more! I’m sure if I hadn’t served them in the potato skins he would have been just fine. Stinker =) Thanks for another wonderful recipe! I printed up your Chocolate Coffee Banana donuts and am eager to surprise my guys with them in the morning…

  17. Made this for dinner…yummy flavors but holy cr@p was it spicy!! Maybe my chipotle powder is spicier than yours? Anyway I’d recommend to anyone reading this to start with half the amount of chipotle, red pepper, and hot sauce then taste and add more if you’d like…delicious, but ow my mouth :'(

  18. Just made this tonight and it was amazing!! My husband thinks I’m crazy because I have to have things every now and then that make me feel like I’m eating crappy food even though I’m not. The problem with being a stupid girl! And this definitely fit the bill. Btw I love your blog and think you’re great. It’s always nice to find another girl that says “balls” and the f word on a regular basis :0)

  19. This has quickly become one of my favorite meals! Thanks for all you do! I’m finally below 2 hundo for the first time since ’01.

  20. Just made this a few minutes ago!!! It’s great! I’m working on getting into the habit of “dinner for breakfast” or just incorporating meat into my breakfast every morning.. this was perfect!

    I forgot the hot sauce and used chipotle, ceyenne and garlic salt b/c I didn’t have the other spices on hand… still tasted great! I only needed one half of the potatoe to fill me up tho.

    five stars for you!

  21. these were AMAZING! SO GOOD! Had the left over “stuffing” with my eggwhites in the morning YUMMM! I didn’t use the tabasco/hot sauce but instead used a little cayenne. Thank you! so amazing!

  22. OMG thank you so much for this recipe, it was quick and delicious……I didn’t even like sweet potatoes until now : )

  23. This was delicious! I added some cinnamon which enhanced the sweetness of the sweet potato. Thanks for the recipe. I will make it frequently.

  24. I just made this for dinner. My husband nommed it down. A bit spicy, but we’re kinda Sallies about the spiciness level of our food. Pretty, pretty delicious.

  25. I made these but I greased the sweet potatoes with bacon grease and sprinkled Garlic Salt over the bacon grease before I baked them…. That way the skins are edible…

  26. These were great! I let the sweet potatoes cool down before I scooped out the flesh-that seemed to make it easier to NOT tear the skins. Yum!

  27. Just made the Turkey Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, they are absolutely great!!! I absolutely love your site, everything we have made from this site has been wonderful. Thank you so much for all the great recipes.

  28. This is one of my favorite recipes! I usually use half-turkey, half-chorizo and use yams instead of sweet potatoes. Yum!

  29. Mad these last night, and they were absolutely amazing. Awesome recipes, I’m really enjoying your site!

  30. Made these and they were awesome!! Love the spicy and sweet combo! And BTW – everything I’ve made has been awesome off your site. I love the fact that the nutritional facts are easy to figure out on the main dishes – just wish the snacks were too. (Or listed perhaps!???!) 😉

  31. so. the hubster bought me your cookbook as a gift… so far, we have tried MANY recipes over the past week and this recipe is “what’s for lunch!?!”

    It is so delicious… we also topped it off with some piggy bacon for extra deliciousness 🙂

    Thanks for the good recipes and for making me seem like a cooking goddess in the kitchen!


  32. OMG these are so good it.was my first ever Paleo meal and it was delicious!!! I loved the spiciness!!! The only question I have and being new to this site how many can you eat just one half or can you have two half’s? And does it tell you some where what the serving size is on all these recipes? Thanks so much for any help you can give. Off to find my next dinner recipe!!!

  33. I just tried this recipe last night and it was AWESOME! A friend of mine recently introduced me to your blog and I have yet to prepare any dish that is less than delicious. Thanks for sharing them, Juli! 🙂

  34. Just made this for lunch OMG it is so freaking good! I put a bit of chopped kale in the mix for color and wow super-tasty! I intended to eat only 1/2 a sweet potato at a time, but ended up eating both halves because it was so yummy.

    Definitely on the “keep” list no doubt…thanks Juli for sharing it! 🙂

  35. I’ve made this recipe about 6 times since discovering it. SO. FREAKING.GOOD!!! I lightened up on the chili pepper and hot sauce and added 1 T yellow raisons per potato. The spicy sweet savory combo is out of this world!

  36. As a recent convert to Paleo…Thank you for awesome recipes and playful banter to read while I search for meals to make the hubby and my toddler. I don’t keep my toddler strict paleo just because I don’t think that it is a good idea to limit children on what they eat but let’s be real. Her meals are all paleo and her snacks have extras. Anyway, I need to get back on track. This is so super yummy that it will be in our favorites rotation! Thank you

  37. This. Is. Amazeballs. It’s our go-to recipe at least once every few weeks! We honestly get too excited (read: lazy) and sometimes don’t twice bake and just cut the skins up and eat them as “chips” with the meat/potato mix. My parents have re-named this the “turkey goulash” and love it – which is really saying something. BEST EVER. Thank you!

  38. The yellow sweet potatoes are officially called “white” sweet potatoes, and there are a few kinds.
    The recipe looks delicious!!

  39. AWESOME! My husband actually declared it a keeper! I also added some bacon and I do a little dairy here and there so I added some blue cheese crumbles to the mix! Can’t wait to make them again!

  40. Made these last night, and WOW!! Really, really good. Super spicy, and I even forgot to add the hot sauce. Next time I won’t forget to add it and may cut down just a bit on the red pepper. Served mine with cauliflower rice, and had the leftovers for lunch today. Yum, yum, yum!!

    I have just discovered your site and can’t wait to try more of your recipes…planning on having the pizza spaghetti pie this weekend.


  41. This was really good! I gave up trying to put it back into the potato skin and just ate it out of a bowl. Too lazy and hungry, ha! Easy to make so this is perfect

  42. Almost eight years later, these are AMAZING. Holy balls. I’ve stalked this site numerous times, how the hell have I not seen these before?! SERIOUSLY good. As in, can’t wait to make more of them. I topped with some fresh mozzarella (not full Paleo) and yup…amazing. What’s even better is hubby liked them!

  43. Omg these are so good. I did add more to the recipe tho. I added green pepper instead of the pepper flakes, only used half an onion but I used a white onion. Used 2 cloves of garlic, also used a much heavier hand on my spices. Added ground ginger, spinach, tomato sauce, and diced tomato. When I put them back in the oven I did add cheese on top. They came out so good tho. I know I changed the recipe but I used the base of it and thats what made it as good as it is.

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