Sweet potato skins stuffed with ancho beef chili are a paleo meal or appetizer that is so easy to make and full of flavor! These sweet potato skins are filled with tasty ancho beef chili, roasted poblano peppers, and spicy avocado cream sauce. Dairy free, gluten free, and whole 30 friendly ya’ll!
P.S I’ll let you know just how GOOD for you real food can be below. Keep reading!
Clean Eating with Healthy Appetizers
We’re in the thick of it y’all. Chili season, football season, warm me up food season, snack and cheesy appetizer goodness season, and basically all the Fall food season. Kinda feels and sounds like heavy food. But want to know something totally ironic about this?
More than ever, people (and even my friends/reader’s) are looking for paleo friendly, low carb, “clean eating” recipes. Yes, those simple wholesome recipes that can still bring comfort and nostalgia.
Totally doable!! Kinda makes me giddy too. It means that we (a society at whole) are caring more about OUR OWN health and balance. Now need to go all cray cray ( my new favorite term for crazy) with strict dieting or detoxes. No no, please say that trend has come and gone.
And no need to eliminate all your favorite comfort foods. Instead, we take real food, dense in nutrients and maybe even calories (energy), and we use it for good.
Good like spicy chili ..Ancho beef chili!
Good like sweet potato skins… skins stuffed with chili. Did I mention it was beefy? Ya that’s some serious iron rich goodness.
Good like roasted Poblano (Ancho) peppers. So good that they don’t need anything else added but a wee bit of avocado oil for roasting.
And speaking of avocado, that’s the also one good real food! Like using it to make an avocado cream sauce with …. wait for it…. real good, real food!
Paleo and clean eating all from simple food! Ahh yes.
You’re getting my drift, right?
Food ball tailgating snacks, spicy food, hearty chili/soup, and starchy vegetables all look and sound heavy, but in fact, they can nourish us inside and out!
What’s the goodness in the spicy ancho beef sweet potato skins?
- Organic lean beef – Mega source of Healthy Iron and essential amino acids from Protein.
- Sweet potato – A starchy tuber packed with fiber Vitamin A , potassium, and Betacarotene. Plus they contain at least 12% resistant starch, which is good for that gut health and feeding the good bacteria.
- Ancho peppers – part of the genus capiscum. These guys are low cal, rich in anti-oxidants, and natural pain relievers. Well, that’s just the start of it. SO much more health benefits but I don’t want to get all nerdy on a Friday. 😉
- Chili powder, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon – powerful spices that help reduce inflammation. Plus Cinnamon is a great digestive aid that soothes the stomach.
- Raisins – Natural energy, a digestive aid, and a good source of your plant based non-heme iron. Look for the sun-dried for the healthiest and naturally made raisins brands.
- Tomato – natural tomato paste is a great source of lycopene and Vitamin C!
- Cilantro – Rich in Vitamin K and Folic Acid.
- Avocado, Avocado Oil – Healthy Fats and more potassium than a Banana!
That’s it! Your next hearty appetizer just got healthier with real food.
Don’t tell the football watching men. Okay maybe you do just for shock factor!
Man approved, kid approved, home cook approved, paleo and whole30 friendly.
Or… if you’re like us, we made the sweet potato skins for Sunday meal prep! Dude, a week of easy lunches just got made! So serious!
You can tackle batches of these at once to serve right away or save for later. Yep, kinda obsessed with appetizers as a meal prep idea. Why did we think of that earlier?
Okay ya’ll, time to STUFF your face. I mean… make these Paleo Ancho Beef Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins.Print
Super easy Ancho Beef Chili Stuffed sweet potato skins! Paleo and whole30 friendly
It’s really EASY to make. Lots of options to simplify ingredients if need be!
- 4–5 medium sweet potatoes
- olive oil or avocado oil for coating skins (1-2 tsp)
- 1–2 poblano peppers for roasting
- cilantro for garnishing
- For the Ancho Beef Chili:
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 3/4 to 1lb ground organic lean beef
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1–2 tsp ancho chili powder or regular chili powder
- 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 5 oz tomato paste
- 1/4 cup raisins (see notes)
- For the OPTIONAL Avocado cream sauce:
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1/4 cup oil
- lime juice (1 tsp or more)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 tbsp coconut cream/milk or regular cream if not paleo.
- Sriracha or chili flakes for extra spicy. 1 tsp or so.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place sweet potatoes on baking tray. Pierce each with a fork a few times. Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes or until tender. Set aside and let cool.
- While potatoes are cooling, make your chili
- Place onion, garlic, oil in a pan and saute for a few until until fragrant and onion start to soften.
- Add in your ground beef and spices. Cook on medium for a few minutes.
- When beef starts to brown and is almost done cooking, add in your tomato paste and raisins (omit raisins for Whole30).
- Mix all together and cook on medium until beef is cooked. Set aside.
For the sweet potato skins and filling
- Cut your sweet potatoes in half the long way. Scoop out center (keep filling for later uses).
- Spray the potato skins with oil again, Flip them over so that the skin is facing up. Place on baking tray and place in oven to bake for 10 minutes. This helps get the skin a little crispier.
- Once done, remove from oven.
- Flip the potato skins over so that now you can fill them with the chili.
- Scoop a few spoonfuls of chili into each potato skins.
- Place back in oven for 15 minutes at 350F.
- Remove from oven. Set aside.
Roasted ancho poblano peppers
- Coat ancho peppers in oil. Place on baking tray lined with foil.
- Place peppers in oven and broil 5-6 minutes, then flip them over and broil 5-6 minutes on other side.
- Remove from oven and place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to cool.
- While the peppers are cooling, you can make your optional avocado cream sauce.
Avocado Cream Sauce (Optional)
- Place all your ingredients in food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Dilute with purified water if you want it thinner.
- Add more garlic or spicy sauce if you want more potent flavors.
Assemble Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins
- Once the poblano has cooled, peel the skin off and chop into pieces.
- Add the chop roasted ancho (poblano) pepper to your chili potato skins.
- Drizzle avocado cream on top.
- Garnish with cilantro.
- Omit raisins if you are doing whole30.
- If you don’t want to use the avocado cream sauce, just use guacamole!
- No roasted ancho peppers? No prob, use homemade salsa or fresh jalapeños.
- Calories will vary depending on how much potato is scooped out and the size of potatoes.
- You might have extra chili, serve it with chips! It’s delish!
- Need some ideas for using that Sweet potato filling? Try these Chocolate Peanut butter dough balls made with sweet potato!
- Category: appetizer
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American, Mexican
- Serving Size: 1 skin (without sauce)
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 5.5g
- Sodium: 352.4mg
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 12.1g
- Fiber: 2.2g
- Protein: 12.8g
- Cholesterol: 32.9mg
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Sweet Potato Skins Recipe Notes
NOTES –> Ya’ll, this is SO EASY. PROMISE! There are several ways to simplify this recipe as well.
If you don’t want to use the avocado cream sauce, just use guacamole!
No roasted ancho peppers? No prob, use homemade salsa or fresh jalapeños.
Calories will vary depending on how much potato is scooped out and the size of potatoes.
But I won’t judge you if you do stuff your face. In fact, I’ll get it started. Here’s the first batch.
Grab a bite, dig in, and savor the real food real simple, goodness!
What’s your favorite real food dish that no one can believe is healthy?
Ancho beef chili, have you tried it yet? Stuffed in potatoes or in a bowl, you just must!
I grew up with 3 brothers. Beef was a food group and never to be shared with others. LOL! This is how you get beef loving men to eat their veggies. Just sayin…