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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love – Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The holidays can sometimes (always) be overwhelming when it comes to food indulgence! We had many different gatherings but these included a turkey dinner, pans of ziti, meat pie, peach french toast, appetizers galore, and sweets I couldn’t even count! It’s time to settle down into the norm and have a healthy sit down dinner. I thought this would be a good one. It uses an InstaPot but there are directions at the bottom to make it in a slow cooker. Maybe you want to save this one until a work day. It’s guaranteed to make your home smell delicious when you return home! I found this recipe at 40 Aprons and it is Whole30. I may or may not add the jalapeños just in case it is too spicy for the kiddos.

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Ingredients

SWEET POTATOES

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes , scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 cups water

CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 10-oz. can tomatoes with green chiles , undrained, any variety
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

AVOCADO-JALAPEÑO SAUCE

  • 1 avocado , peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeño , stemmed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

QUICK GUACAMOLE

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup avocado-jalapeño sauce
  • salt

GARNISHES

  • jalapeños , sliced thin
  • fresh cilantro
  • salsa or more tomatoes with green chiles , drained, or
  • red onion , chopped

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Instant Pot
  • food processor

Instructions

  1. See Notes for sweet potato and chicken cooking instructions if you do not have an Instant Pot. You can also bake your sweet potatoes in the oven while you cook the chicken in the Instant Pot to save time, if you like.

  2. Cook your sweet potatoes: Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place steaming trivet in bottom of Instant Pot pot then pour 1 1/2 cups water in pot. Place sweet potatoes on trivet then secure lid and cook on Manual, high pressure for 16 minutes. Quick release pressure and remove sweet potatoes from trivet. Set aside. Discard steaming water and rinse cooking pot, making sure outside is very dry.

  3. Make your shredded chicken: combine chicken breasts, taco seasoning, and can of tomatoes with green chiles (undrained) in the pot of an Instant Pot. Do not add water. Secure lid and cook on Manual, high pressure for 20 minutes. Quick release pressure and remove chicken breasts from pot. Shred with two forks then return to pot. Stir on Sauté mode a few minutes until sauce is absorbed.

  4. Meanwhile, make your sauce: combine all avocado-jalapeño sauce ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.

  5. To make guacamole, mash avocados and stir in avocado-jalapeño sauce.

  6. To serve: with a knife, make a slit down the top of each sweet potato and press sweet potatoes ends toward center to push open. Top with shredded chicken, guacamole, avocado-jalapeño sauce, salsa or more tomatoes with green chiles, and garnishes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, follow these instructions to bake your sweet potatoes: Preheat oven to 400º F. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork then place directly on oven rack in middle position. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside.

To make chicken in a slow cooker instead of an Instant Pot: In the pot of a slow-cooker, combine all ingredients. Do not add water. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. After about 3/4 of the time, shred the chicken breasts with two forks and leave in the slow-cooker for the rest of the time.

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