23 Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
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Sweet potatoes are packed with flavor while also being nutrient-dense, a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Think of sweet potatoes beyond dinner; incorporate them into your breakfasts and bakes, too.

In our collection of recipes, you'll find great main and side dish recipes as well as appetizers, first courses, and desserts. Enjoy the richness and smoothness that sweet potatoes have to offer. Why settle for a simple baked potato if you can have more?

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    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito

    sweet potato burrito
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    This flavor-packed vegetarian burrito recipe is low-fat and high-fiber, featuring puree of sweet potatoes, black beans, onions, chilies, garlic, and cilantro. The recipe calls for flour tortillas, but you can use corn for a crispier result.

    Mash the ingredients by hand for a clumpier texture, and top with tomato salsa. For a thicker consistency, add two cups of Mexican rice to the mix before baking it, and top with cheese (or vegan cheese) for a bubbly, melted top. Serve with a side of guacamole and tortilla chips, or a salad of mixed greens with avocado-lime dressing.

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    Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

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    It'd be hard to come up with anything better than this soup for a nutritious, filling, and flavorful lunch. This healthful soup is quick and simple to prepare. Pour some in a thermos for a satisfying brown bag lunch!

    For picky eaters, blend the soup and add some croutons on top. The sweetness of the potato might conquer some hearts. Keep adding different veggies and blending the soup until everyone at home is on board with the flavor.

    Add some shredded rotisserie chicken for a heartier dinner, or cube some tofu for a vegetarian option. Pair with this sweet and savory grilled cheese for a wonderful winter dinner, or go rustic with a pulled pork sandwich as a partner.

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    Creamy Sweet Potato Risotto With Pecans

    sweet potato risotto
    Diana Rattray

    This flavorful and creamy risotto cooks in just 30 minutes, making it a great choice for dinner any night of the week, whether you're eating with your family or guests.

    Savory sweet potatoes, crunchy pecans, and Parmesan cheese shine in this comforting dish. Use vegan margarine and vegan cheese for vegan guests, or leave as-is for a vegetarian option.

    Serve as a side to tangy fish in cilantro sauce or aromatic Parsi chicken. Or use as a main dish with grilled asparagus with lemon vinaigrette and warm french bread.

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    Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet Potato Pie

    The Spruce

    Bake this classic Southern sweet potato pie and fill your home with the delectable aroma of butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and mashed sweet potatoes, of course. Use a homemade crust or cut you cooking time with store-bought crust. Prep in advance and bake for 1 hour while your guests arrive so they can enjoy a straight-from-the-oven slice of pie after dinner.

    Top with whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a big dollop of homemade mascarpone cheese, or a drizzle of this caramel rum sauce.

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    Holiday Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallow Topping

    Sweet Potato Casserole
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    This American classic is half side and half dessert, but our version with a splash of bourbon will give an extra kick to the flavor without letting the sugar content overpower the whole dish.

    The dish combines mashed sweet potatoes in a delicious casserole with eggs, milk, vanilla, aromatic spices, and a mouth-watering toasted marshmallow topping. Be adventurous and try bacon, seeds, cheese, or a crunchy crumble on top in lieu of the marshmallows for your next Thanksgiving.

    If you don't want to wait for the holidays, serve this fantastic casserole with turkey meatballs, pork roast, or orange-glazed cornish hens.

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    Sweet Potato Puree

    Sweet Potato Puree

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Sweet potato puree is both a dish and an ingredient. For a quick side, add seasonings like paprika, or use the puree in all sorts of sweet potato recipes, from pie to fudge. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare and can be frozen for up to three months.

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    Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

    Curried sweet potato latke

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    Traditional latkes are made with regular baking potatoes, matza meal, and eggs, but there are as many variations as Jewish households. The basic recipe is so simple that add-ons are easy to incorporate; onions and garlic can be easily replaced with other flavors (check out these leek latkes).

    Curry powder and sweet potatoes impart lots of flavor and a touch of heat to these vibrant, Indian-inspired potato latkes. Perfect as snacks, or for holiday meals, they’re great with homemade applesauce and sour cream.

    Let the curry inspire you and try new toppings like a nectarine chutney or a dill dip.

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    Sweet Potato Buns

    Sweet Potato Buns

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    Transform that last sweet potato into delicious sweet potato buns. A perfect side for any autumn meal, they also make yummy little sandwiches.

    The yeast bread recipe is easy. It uses buttermilk and adds honey for a bit of sweetness. Bread flour ensures you get a nice rise, while the egg yolk wash gives them a shiny crust. These rolls also freeze well, so you can keep some in reserve for special dinners.

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    Sweet Potato Hummus

    Sweet Potato Hummus

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter 

    Why not add sweet potatoes to a favorite dip? Sweet potato hummus is ideal for fall affairs, and it makes a delicious, healthy snack for the family, too.

    The recipe uses one sweet potato, which is cooked, mashed, and allowed to cool. That is blended with the typical hummus ingredients, including chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, in the food processor. It's perfect for pita, vegetables, and any of your favorite dippers.

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    Sweet Potato Toasts

    Sweet Potato Toasts

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    Swap the empty calories of toast for nutrient-rich sweet potato slices. Bake several ahead of time and reheat them in the toaster or under the broiler when it's time to eat for a quick breakfast.

    Try topping sweet potato toasts with nut butter and banana, ricotta and berries, avocado and tomato, or hummus and chickpeas.

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    Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

    Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

     The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    Crispy and spicy, these sweet potato fries are a tasty snack or side. Tossed with smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, they have a nice zing as well. The fries cook up quickly in the deep fryer, making this a fun and simple way to use sweet potatoes.

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    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Whether it's breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner, sweet potato waffles are a guaranteed hit. The batter is made with oat flour, so the recipe is gluten-free, and you can use leftover sweet potatoes to make it even easier. Cooked in the waffle iron and served warm with syrup, this is a recipe you won't want to miss.

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    Sweet Potato Lasagna

    lasagna made with thiny sliced sweet potatoes instead of pasta topped with fresh basil leaves

     Pete Scherer

    Swap the traditional noodles for thin slices of white sweet potato in this classic Italian dish. With layers of meaty red sauce, bechamel sauce, and cheese, sweet potato lasagna is sure to be a family favorite. Leave out the meat or use vegetarian meat crumbles for a veggie-friendly version. Try swapping the flour for gluten-free flour to make a grain-free lasagna.

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    Sweet Potato Cheesecake

    sweet potato cheesecake pie

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This mashup of sweet potato pie and sweet potato cheesecake is a decadent and satisfying dessert for holiday dinners. The graham cracker crust is the perfect base. Although a two-in-one, this recipe is prepped and baked in under 1 hour.

    Add a scoop of pecan praline ice cream or top with maple syrup whipped cream.

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    Blueberry Sweet Potato Bread

    sweet potato blueberry bread
    Diana Rattray

    This easy bread is a nicely spiced quick bread that makes a great breakfast or snack alternative to the classic banana bread. The vanilla icing is a sweet addition and makes it a dessert or tasty tea party treat.

    Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream, or try something new with a chilled glass of green tea and blueberry smoothie.

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    Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

    Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
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    A vegan, gluten-free diet doesn't have to mean giving up hearty dinners. This flavor-packed, protein-rich vegan chili recipe will leave you feeling satisfied. Double-check your store-bought vegetable broth's label to make sure there are no gluten ingredients or stick with water if you're unsure.

    Prepare this healthful recipe for game day parties or make it ahead of time for family night meals. If there are no vegan requirements at your table, offer shredded cheese to top the chili (or use vegan cheese), and crush totopos on top for extra crunch.

    Serve as a main with mushroom quesadillas, replacing the Oaxaca cheese with vegan cheese if called for.

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    Sweet Potato Hash

    Sweet potato hash recipe

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Tender sweet potatoes form the base of this colorful hash. Cubed, smoked sausage, garlic, onion, and bell pepper add lots of flavor. Delicious for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, it's a one-dish, one-pan meal with minimal clean-up. Don't forget a sprinkle of fresh parsley for color and a hint of freshness.

    If you're serving the sweet potato hash as a dinnertime side dish you can eliminate the eggs. For a vegetarian version, leave out the sausage or swap it for a veggie sausage.

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    Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

    Jennifer Meier

    When it comes to flavor and satisfaction, these vegan patties have it all, packed full of healthy ingredients and flavored with maple syrup and pecans. The burgers are oven-baked for minimal empty calories. You need just 1 hour to make and bake 4 patties and can double or triple the amounts, freezing the extras after baking to have burgers for later.

    The quinoa makes them a great source of fiber and protein, and they're gluten-free so long as the buns are.

    For an innovative take, pit one avocado and scoop each half whole, cut off the dome on one half, for stability, and place on a plate. Put the pattie on top of the avocado and drizzle with vegan tartare sauce. Add fresh arugula and place the other avocado half on top. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and black sesame seeds.

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    Sweet Potato Dip

    Sweet Potato Dip
    Sweet Potato Dip. Photo © Molly Watson

    This rich, flavorful dip recipe uses roasted sweet potato, almond butter, and fragrant spices for a delicious, healthful, and vibrantly colorful dip that has a similar texture to hummus. Packed with good fats from the nuts and featuring a creamy texture thanks to the potatoes, this sweet dip is great with pita chips or a plate of crudités.

    If you're making it for a party, double the amounts and save some for yourself because it keeps well for up to three days in the fridge. Use it as a spread on sandwiches (think of a pressed pita with sweet potato dip, brie cheese, and ham) or mixed with shredded chicken or pulled pork on top of a bowl of coconut rice.

    If nut allergies are an issue, use sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter – it's safe and saltier.

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    Sweet Potato Falafel

    Sweet Potato Falafel

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    These nutritious nuggets are fantastic in a pita pocket or as part of a Middle Eastern food platter. Baked until crispy, the yummy falafel balls don't have extra calories from frying and offer lots of nutrition thanks to the chickpeas and antioxidant-filled sesame seeds.

    The falafel balls are flavored with onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, and lemon. Use gluten-free all-purpose flour to make the dish gluten-free and offer it to your vegan and vegetarian friends alike. Dip in yogurt-tahini sauce or Frankfurt's green sauce for dairy and egg eaters, or black bean hummus for vegan guests.

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    Brown Sugar Candied Sweet Potatoes

    Brown Sugar Cadied Sweet Potatoes

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    These potatoes are a slightly lighter alternative to the traditional sweet potato casserole. Add cinnamon or nutmeg for spiced sweet potatoes, or throw in some pecan halves for a satisfying crunch.

    The simple recipe uses just a skillet and the glaze is simply made of brown sugar, water, and butter. Cook the potatoes in the microwave (until tender but firm) to cut your cooking time in half.

    Use as a side dish for a lemon-herb roasted chicken or serve with lemon flounder.

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    Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

    Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
    Grilled Sweet Potato Fries. Mark Thomas/Getty Images

    Whip up a batch of these crowd-pleasing fries at your next cook-out. These crispy and delicious sweet potato fries are cooked right on the grill and don't need extra oils for a great flavor.

    The lime vinaigrette that coats the potatoes delivers an extra kick of flavor. Use your grill to pair them with an easy white grilled fish or a tasty Thai grilled steak.

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    Sweet Potato Brownie Fudge

    Sweet Potato Brownie Fudge

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Just two simple ingredients are all it takes to create rich-tasting sweet potato brownie fudge. These gooey fudge bites of dense, dark chocolate are decadent without the extra calories from fat or eggs that you'd normally use in baking brownies.

    Use them as a topping for a bowl of ice-cream or serve them with a cup of aromatic New Orleans coffee for a delightful chocolate-and-coffee combo.