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Sweet Potato Foil Packet Tacos

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

 
I thought about simply writing “best weeknight dinner…ever” and leaving it at that, but I also wanted you to know just why I liked this dish so much. I was first drawn to Natalie’s recipe because of the solid reviews. Each person said how much their family loved it and how they’d made it again and again, so it was no surprise when I found the same true for me.

As I eat less meat these days, I’m always in search of recipes that move meat from focal point to flavoring, and I think this recipe perfectly exemplifies that. Sweet potatoes are a little unexpected in a dish with Mexican flavorings, but paired with a small amount of spicy meat it’s a winning combination. The spinach and beans make the dish even heartier and healthier.

I don’t have children (yet!), but I know that assembling foil packs is a fun way to involve kids in dinner preparation. Give this recipe a try, and I’ll bet you join the other reviewers and me in declaring Sweet Potato Foil Packs a weeknight favorite in your home.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Here’s what you need.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Start by browning the meat. I used ground turkey instead of beef because I prefer it, but any type of ground meat would work!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

To the browned meat, add the taco seasoning…

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

The tomato sauce…

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

And the beans, stirring until evenly mixed.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Next, cut six large pieces of aluminum foil, making sure to give yourself enough room to fold in all four sides. (Think of it like wrapping a gift; you don’t want to get to the end only to realize you don’t have enough!) Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray before assembling packets. Start by adding the sweet potato…

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Then top with a little pat of butter. Butter and sweet potatoes? Yum!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Then add a pinch of salt, followed by a portion of spinach, meat, beans, and plenty of cheese. Do you hear me? Plenty of cheese! Note: I used frozen spinach which I thawed, drained, and squeezed dry as that’s what I had on hand, though the recipe calls for fresh spinach.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Once you’ve assembled your foil pack, pull together the sides and fold down. But be sure to leave a little breathing room in there!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Then fold up the ends, just like wrapping a present.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

After sealing all the foil packs, place them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

Once baked, open (being careful of any steam) … and inhale. The smell is divine!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Foil Packs. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

We served the foil packs on flour tortillas with a dollop of sour cream and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro.

Thanks to Natalie for this delicious weeknight recipe! I can’t wait to make it again and try new variations. Do visit her blog Perry’s Plate for more of her great recipes. She’s always cooking up something good!

 
 

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Sweet Potato Foil Packet Tacos

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Taco – tortilla + sweet potato cubes = a gluten-free alternative to tacos that your kids will adore!

Ingredients

  • ½ pounds Ground Beef Or Turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • ½ cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Can) Black, Kidney, Or Pinto Beans, Drained
  • 6 cups Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cut Into 1/2-inch Cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1-½ cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 1-½ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream, Salsa, And/or Guacamole For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 425ºF.

Brown ground meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and beans. Set aside.

To assemble packets, spray the foil with non-stick spray. Place 1 cup sweet potato cubes in the center of each piece. Top with a small piece of butter (about 1 teaspoon) and a pinch or two of salt. Sprinkle some chopped spinach over the sweet potatoes, followed by about 1/3 cup of taco meat and a sprinkle of cheese. Fold the sides in, then bring the top and bottom ends of the foil together in the center and fold, sealing the packet.

Repeat with remaining ingredients, placing the packets on a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole.

Makes 6 servings.

Note: For the taco meat, I used some leftover Hidden Veggie Chipotle Taco Meat I had in the fridge (recipe in my TK box).

 
 
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Three Many Cooks is the always-entertaining food blog of Pam Anderson and her two daughters, Maggy and Sharon. Pam is a well-known and much-respected food writer and author, Maggy is a “hippy adventurer meets 1950s housewife,” and Sharon refers to herself as a recovering food snob learning to survive on a graduate student’s budget. Theirs is a strong relationship both inside and outside the kitchen, and it shows in the food they create and the stories they tell.

 

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Lianne on 5.11.2012

Made these last night with chorizo instead of taco meat and it was DEE-LISH. My husband and I ended up ditching the taco shells and eating them right out of the foil :) Thanks for posting!

sklep dla seniora on 5.7.2012

Looks great and of course delicious. I love sweet potatoes:)

franchise takeaway on 4.27.2012

Im impressed! This tacos not only looks good, it seems simple also!

Julie on 4.26.2012

Just made these for dinner tonight – my husband and I absolutely loved them. I think this may become a new regular for us!

Amy S on 4.25.2012

This would be fantastic as an updated “hobo packet” for camping. Can’t wait to try it this summer!

dla seniorów on 4.25.2012

Great recipe. Looks delicious. I’ll try to find sweent potatoes in Poland. Greetings from Poland:)

Clare on 4.25.2012

These are great. I made them with breakfast sausage and brought it to work for a quick and healthy breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!

Jerry Petersen on 4.24.2012

We made these tonight and they were fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe. We loved them.

Kristy on 4.24.2012

We tried these last night, and they were delicious! (and I don’t even like sweet potatoes usually!) Thank you so much for the recipe.:)

Eppie on 4.24.2012

These look yummy. As the weather gets warmer, I hate to turn on the oven. I’m sure these could be cooked on the grill, have you ever tried it? And if so, how long would they take to cook?

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    Natalie | Perry's Plate on 4.24.2012

    I haven’t tried them on the grill, but I’m sure it would work great (as well as a campfire meal). I would start with 15 minutes and then check them every 5-10 minutes after that.

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh on 4.24.2012

These look wonderful! Can’t wait to give it a try!

Lauren H on 4.24.2012

I made these last night. My hubby is a “critical” eater and my kids are just average. All of us loved it. So good. I would have loved to have had some cilantro but didn’t. A nice green side salad would be perfect. They all went nuts over it. We have taco salad a lot in my house but this was a really nice twist!

Faye on 4.23.2012

Wonder if you could do this with parchment paper? Looks delish, but I worry about all that aluminum getting into the food…

Chrissa ~ a tad bit creative on 4.23.2012

That looks like a fun recipe to try! I bet that would be nice with a side salad too. Thanks :)

KarenM on 4.23.2012

Lame question. When I go to buy sweet potatoes am I buying yams? Or is there a sweet potato that looks less orange than those pictured?

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    Natalie | Perry's Plate on 4.23.2012

    Not lame at all! It’s confusing sometimes. What supermarkets call “yams” are actually orange sweet potatoes. True yams are larger, starchier, and originate in the Caribbean & some places in Africa… and really hard to find in the US.

BeckyS on 4.23.2012

Thanks so much for the post! A family member has recently been diagnosed as celiac and this yummy looking recipe is just what we need! Thanks for adding sunshine to a cold Pittsburgh day!

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out on 4.23.2012

Yum! I love sweet potatoes (in just about anything!) so these look amazing!!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 4.23.2012

This looks like a fabulous twist on tacos! I would totally omit the meat for a hearty vegetarian version!

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 4.23.2012

what a fun way to make tacos!

Sandi ~ LoveFromCapeCod~etsy on 4.23.2012

Oh boy! These look So yummy. Will have to try these this week. (I can’t wait for the weekend) :) xoxoxo Sandi

Allyn on 4.23.2012

We love cooking potatoes in packets (http://lollingabout.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/foodie-friday-potato-packets/), but these would be awesome too, and so very easy to make vegan. My husband is allergic to dairy, and we’re trying to eat a little less meat, so flavorful filling meals are always super exciting!

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Natalie | Perry's Plate on 4.23.2012

AHH!! Thank you so much for featuring my recipe! I’m so glad you liked it. I was surprised, too, the first time I tried these out, how good they were. :)

Sarah on 4.23.2012

That is one of my family’s favorite recipes! We have made it countless times. We usually just eat it right out the foil packets. So good.

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 4.23.2012

Oh these look amazing!!