Monday, September 2, 2019

ChezCindy: Turkey Taco Sliders on Sweet Potato "Buns"

These turkey taco sliders are great for many occasions; lunch, dinner, snacks when watching football, or movie night at home.  I used ground turkey, but ground beef is an easy substitute.  Instead of using slider buns, I served the sliders on roasted sweet potato rounds in place of the buns.  If you are not interested in doing this as a paleo dish, use slider buns instead and serve the roasted sweet potatoes as a side dish. 

I have included a recipe for homemade taco seasoning.  Easy to make and most likely you already have the spices in your cupboard.  I then used the taco seasoning in the slider recipe and for a taco ranch dressing.  Top the sliders with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!     

Turkey Taco "Sliders"
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons taco seasoning, recipe below
1 teaspoon kosher salt
olive oil for the pan

2 large sweet potatoes
olive oil for roasting
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Scrub the sweet potatoes.  Leaving the skins on, cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch rounds.  Lightly oil each potato round, placing each onto a sheet tray.  Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, flip each round to side two, continue roasting for 10 minutes.  Remove tray from the oven, setting aside for use with the turkey sliders. 

While the potatoes are roasting, combine the ground turkey with the taco seasoning and salt.  Form the turkey mix into 2-ounce patties.  

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the pan, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.  Place the turkey patties into the hot skillet, cooking on side one for 4-5 minutes.  Flip the patties over to continue cooking on side two until each side is golden brown and the patty is cooked through to internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Remove from the pan, set aside to build the sliders.

Place the sweet potato rounds onto a serving plate.  Top each round with a turkey slider patty.  Top each slider with your favorite taco toppings such as diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, avocado and taco ranch dressing.  

Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl; stir to combine.  

Taco Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise, homemade  or store bought 
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; stir to combine.  

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