A fun way to change up fajitas, steak fajita stuffed sweet potatoes are packed with fajita seasoned steak, peppers, and onions and stuffed in a potato. An easy and healthy paleo & Whole30 meal.
Happy taco Tuesday!! It’s been a hot second we have celebrated! Don’t get me wrong, we celebrate all the time at home multiple times per week, but it’s been a second since I did a Mexican inspired recipe on the blog.
Okay I looked and lied – I shared this 7 layer dip and enchilada chicken dip last month, but still! To celebrate this month, we are doing a fun spin on steak fajitas. I bring you steak fajita stuffed sweet potatoes 🙌🏻
I really love stuffing anything into a sweet potato. They make the perfect vehicle for just about anything – serve up a variety of ways at breakfast, stuff them chicken salad at lunch, or twice bake and stuff them at dinner. You really can’t go wrong.
So I figured why not stuff with some steak fajitas?! I love getting fajitas when we go out (although my absolute favorite is the power bowl from Maudie’s), but fajitas can usually be pretty expensive. I’m not really sure why because it’s just meat, veggies, rice, beans, and a few sides. Maybe it’s the whole sizzling plate thing? Either way, they are cheap to make at home, absolutely delicious, and make an easy and fun weeknight meal that is gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 approved!
How to make Steak Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is really quite simple. You only need one pan to make the fajitas and then whatever way you want to cook your sweet potatoes. Most of the cooking time is the potatoes roasting, and the actual cooking time is only 20 minutes. Here is what you need:
- sweet potatoes
- flank steak (or whatever kind you like – more on that below)
- taco seasoning
- lime juice
- salt and pepper
- whatever optional toppings you like – cabbage, avocado, salsa, pico de gallo, hot sauce, cilantro…
First you need to roast your sweet potatoes. To save time, I like to prep them in advance. You can either do them in the oven or the Instant Pot (recipe below). Then all I have to do is heat them up while I make the steak. But if you don’t make them in advance, don’t worry! It will just take a tad bit longer.
Next you get a cast iron pan super hot. I like using a cast iron as it gives the steak a nice sear. You could also use a grill pan. Cook the steak on both sides until it reaches your desired doneness and then remove it to let it rest. While the steak rests, you cook the onions and peppers. Once those are done, you slice and steak and add it back into the pan, mix to combine, and it’s pretty much done! Stuff them into your potatoes and you are good to go!
What meat to use for Fajitas
I love using flank steak for fajitas. It can be a little tougher, but it is lean and I like the intense favor of it. To cut down on the toughness, you just need to cut it super thin and against the grain.
Skirt steak is another great option and is what is usually used for fajitas. It also has great flavor and can be a little tough depending how you cook and slice it. Either way, both are a great options. To make it more cost friendly, I usually just grab whatever is on sale – flank, skirt, sirloin….
How to meal prep Steak Fajitas Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is totally meal prep friendly. Just follow the directions as is and store the fajita meat and sweet potatoes separately. I would suggest undercooking the steak and veggies some so when you heat it up, you won’t overcook or dry out the meat.
To reheat steak fajitas, I like to add them back into a cast iron with a little oil and cook until warmed. You can either heat the sweet potato up in the microwave, toaster oven, or oven. Then all you need to do is stuff the potato with the steak fajitas and top with whatever toppings you like!
How to make Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot
I love making a big batch of sweet potatoes on the weekend and then having them on hand throughout the week. While I usually roast them in the oven while other things are roasting, you can totally cook them in the Instant Pot to save a little time. And if it’s summer, you don’t have to turn on your oven.
Here is how you make sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot:
- Place the steamer trivet in the bottom of your Instant Pot and add about a cup of water. Place the sweet potatoes on top of the trivet and close the lid. Make sure the vent is set to sealed.
- Set Instant Pot to manual for 7 minutes. When cooking is done, manually release pressure. Remove the lid and make sure they cooked.
One tip is to make sure you buy similar shaped sweet potatoes. If one is really large and fat, while another one is long and skinny, you will have different results when they are done (one will be over cooked and one will be under cooked). You also want to make sure they fit in the Instant Pot!
If you are looking for a lower carb version, check out my steak fajita lettuce wraps!
Steak Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 small sweet potatoes (about 7 ounces/200 grams each)
- 1 pound flank steak
- 1/2 large onion, diced (200 grams)
- 4 medium bell peppers, julienned (600 grams)
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- optional toppings: shredded cabbage, cilantro, pico de gallo, avocado, lime juice, hot sauce...
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until soft.
- When the potatoes have about 20 minutes left, make the fajitas. Liberally season steak with salt and pepper. Place a large cast iron pan over medium heat and let it get hot, about 1-2 minutes. Add steak and cook for 2-4 minutes (length will depend on how thick your steak is) without moving. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until it reaches your preferred doneness. The steak will be added back to the pan so it doesn't have to be cooked all the way to your liking. Remove from pan and let rest.
- Add onion to pan and sauté for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly browned. Add peppers and taco seasoning, stir to incorporate, and sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the peppers cook, slice the steak into thin pieces. Turn the heat off and add in cut steak and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Stir to incorporate and cook for another 1-2 minutes until warmed through and well incorporated. Evenly distribute mixture
- Remove potatoes from the oven. Cut a slit lengthwise through the middle of the sweet potato and gently press in on both ends to allow room for filling. Evenly divide steak fajitas among sweet potatoes. Top with optional toppings and enjoy!
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