Carnitas-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Last Updated on March 26, 2024

Sweet, spicy, tangy, creamy–each bite of these stuffed sweet potato skins brings all the flavor.
Cooked with a bit of orange peel for a touch of brightness, ButcherBox Pork Carnitas crisp up in a skillet in less than 10 minutes. We mixed it with barbecue sauce, spooned that into baked sweetpotato skins, and topped the whole thing with creamy coleslaw. It’s perfect game-day fare, or just a fun lunch or dinner any time.

One note: Don’t let the long cook time scare you off–it’s mostly hands-off time.

Carnitas-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

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Protein: Pork
Cut: pork carnitas, Prepared
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp ground celery seed
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces coleslaw mix (about 4 cups)
  • 4 medium sweetpotatoes scrubbed and dried
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package ButcherBox Pork Carnitas defrosted
  • 1/2 to 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley optional


  • Make the coleslaw: In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, horseradish and celery seed until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add the coleslaw mix and toss until well combined. Cover and refrigerate. (You can make this up to 1 day ahead; keep covered and refrigerated. Toss before using.)
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Pierce sweetpotatoes all over with a fork, place on the baking sheet and bake until tender (a paring knife should go in easily), 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut each in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the sweetpotato flesh with a spoon (save for another use); leaving behind a thin layer of flesh in each skin. Place the skins back on the baking sheet, brush all over with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and bake until the skins crisp up, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the carnitas in a large skillet, following the directions on the label. Reduce the heat to medium-low, stir in ½ cup barbecue sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is warmed through. (Add more sauce if the mixture is too dry for your taste.)
  • Divide the sweetpotato skins among 4 plates. Spoon the carnitas on top of each, dividing evenly. Pile coleslaw on top. Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve.
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Beth Lipton is a Brooklyn-based recipe developer and writer specializing in food and wellness. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Paleo magazine,, Well+Good, Outside, and more. Beth's latest cookbook, Carnivore-ish, featuring 125 animal protein-forward recipes, is available now.