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Baked Sweet Potato Bar
with ground beef / broccoli / olives / tomatoes

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A baked potato bar is a fun DIY meal that lends itself to using up a variety of leftovers and / or fresh ingredients as toppings. The only change we made to this meal since featuring it in 2018 is to halve the sweet potatoes before roasting to speed up cook time.
Smarts: Whole sweet potatoes can be cooked in the Instant Pot. For tips, join the Cook Smarts Instant Pot Facebook Group.



Baked Sweet Potato Bar:
  • Sweet potatoes, medium - 4 , halved lengthwise
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2 , diced
  • Broccoli - 8 oz , chopped
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 4 , diced
  • Beef, ground - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Olives, black and sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Foil - for baking
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/2 cup
  • Salsa - 1/4 cup


  1. Potatoes - Wash and scrub potatoes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Spice mix - Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, and coriander. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Onions / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Broccoli - Place broccoli into a microwave-safe container, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave until tender, ~2 minutes. If using frozen, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  5. Chives / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  6. Season beef - Combine beef with spice mix and salt. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  7. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil.

  2. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and rub on all sides with some oil. Place potatoes cut-side down on sheet pan. Season the tops with some salt. Transfer to the oven and roast until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, ~30 minutes.

  3. When potatoes are nearly finished cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and then seasoned beef and saute until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside.

  4. Set out toppings - beef, onions, broccoli, chives, tomatoes, olives, pepitas, and salsa.

  5. Gently mash sweet potatoes with a fork. Have everyone top their potatoes at the table and enjoy!



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