Savoury Minced Beef Loaded Sweet Potato

By: Susan Joy

Sweet potatoes loaded with my Savoury Minced Beef mixture are the perfect healthy weekday dinner.

This is my version of a Sloppy Joe recipe but on sweet potato instead of bread. When I was a kid my mum made something similar to Sloppy Joe but called it Savoury Mince, hence my recipe name. The leftover minced beef mixture is also delicious on top of gluten-free/paleo toast for breakfast. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamins E, C, and B6. Plus, they have a lot of potassium and iron, making for a really balanced and fulfilling meal.


  • 4 sml sized sweet potato(s), scrubbed
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp ghee, or olive oil
  • 1 med onion(s), finely diced
  • 1 med – lge carrot(s), grated
  • 1 lge celery stick(s), finely diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 500g beef mince
  • 3 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper, ground
  • Garnish with sliced green tops from spring onions or chopped parsley


Preheat the oven to 200c. Pierce each sweet potato several times using a fork. Place on a lined baking pan and bake until tender (approximately 45 minutes). You can also cook your potatoes in a shorter time by using an air-fryer.

Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan on medium-high. Add the ghee, onion, carrot and celery to the pan and cook stirring for approximately 4 – 5 minutes.

Add the garlic, mustard and smoked paprika to the vegetables and stir together for 30 seconds then push the vegetable/spice mixture to the side of the pan. Add the minced beef to the pan and cook, breaking up the meat using a spatula or the back of a spoon until the meat has changed colour.

Stir the meat and vegetables together then add the tomato paste, coconut aminos, salt and pepper, and combine well. Cook for a few minutes to slightly reduce the liquid.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven or air-fryer and let cool slightly. Cut the potatoes three-quarters through lengthways and place them on individual plates. Use a spoon to scrape out some potato flesh from the centre of each half (only scoop out about 1cm in depth, don’t go too close to the edges) and mash it into the savoury meat mixture.

Spoon the savoury minced beef mixture over the baked sweet potato and sprinkle with spring onion green tops or parsley.

Article supplied with thanks to The JOYful Table.

About the Author: Susan is an author of The JOYful Table cookbook containing gluten & grain free, and Paleo inspired recipes for good health and wellbeing.

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