Southwest Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Cream Sauce

I found myself with an abundance of sweet potatoes this week and my first thought was to just eat plate after plate of sweet potato fries. While that might not be the worst idea I’ve ever had, I figured this was an opportunity to get a bit more creative. I had some success with these black bean & sweet potato enchiladas, so I decided to try putting southwest flavors into a baked potato. It was a little easier than the enchiladas and didn’t require as many ingredients, which is awesome. And if you’re feeling fancy, this avocado cream sauce will take your baked potato into an extra delicious territory. I promise.

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Southwest Sweet Potato with Avocado Cream Sauce
 
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This southwestern twist on a traditional baked potato is loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup sweet corn, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ¼ cup mild tomato salsa
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of cilantro (optional)
  • Dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the baked potatoes either in an oven or microwave. (I did mine in the microwave- just make sure you poke it with a fork first!)
  2. While that's cooking, heat up the black beans in a small pot over medium heat. Lightly salt.
  3. In a small frying pan, heat up the corn until it begins to brown on the sides.
  4. When the potato is done, slice it length wise.
  5. Scoop out the very center and combine it with the beans, salsa and corn.
  6. Place it back into the center of the potato, and top with cheddar cheese.
  7. Place it in the oven on a low broil for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
  8. In a separate bowl, stir together the avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, salt and cilantro until smooth. You can use a small food processor, but I just did it with a fork.
  9. Dip each bite into the sauce or drizzle on top! The sauce will even stay green for a few hours, since the lime juice will help it from turning brown, as traditional avocado will.

southwestern sweet potato

I made these last night, although we’ve both been under the weather a bit, so we still have leftovers in the fridge. Luckily, I think they’ll be easy to reheat. I think I could eat the avocado sauce with a spoon, it’s so delicious. I’m also hoping the vitamins in the sweet potato will boost our immune systems back to health. This whole zero-energy thing is no fun. I also have a million things on our house to-do list that I’d like to get done as soon so I’m hoping this healthy food works its magic.

baked sweet potato southwest

Leftovers sweet potatoes won’t last long in this house! I might even go back to my sweet potato and almond butter addiction from 2011.

What’s your favorite baked potato topping?

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  1. Holy yum! This sounds lovely! We have been going nutzo over our sweet potatoes this week too. We bought the biggest sweet potato ever, it filled 2 baking pans of chopped potatoes, but it was SO easy to throw into meals. This would be another I would love! YUM!

  2. I so wanna try these! I love your first sentence by the way. An ‘abundance of sweet potatoes’ sounds like it should be a chapter in a Harry Potter book or something.

  3. I always forget about sweet potatoes — how can I forget about sweet potatoes? I’m loving the sound of this stuffed version. Plus, avocado cream <3

  4. Oh yummmmm! I always have an abundance of sweet potatoes and I have no idea why. I usually just end up eating them with coconut oil, but this is WAY more exciting and super simple too.

  5. Looks very yummy! Perfect recipe for those colder days in December. I like that you have topped it with some of my favorite veggies beans and corn.

  6. I love sweet potatoes with black beans, corn and avocado! One of my faves! I also love regular baked potatoes with avocado and especially when I roast the potatoes in wedges and then dip in onion dip made with greek yogurt. So delicious. I should make that again soon, it’s been a while!

  7. These look delicious! I had never discovered sweet potatoes until I started reading blogs, but now there is no going back…I’m all about the sweet potato every time now!

  8. These look super delicious! I have not tried sweet potatoes in forever. I need to give them another try!

  9. I’m not sure why I’ve never tried this but I’ve never eaten a sweet potato as a “traditional” baked potato before. It just makes sense. Sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. I’m all about sweet potatoes! I’ve eaten one almost every day since the beginning of November. 🙂 I typically eat them with cinnamon and some coconut oil but I rarely make them in a ‘savory’ way. I’ll have to try this!

  11. Girl this sounds to DIE for! I’m all about that cream sauce!! Totally going to make this this weekend!

  12. I totally have all of these ingredients right now…looks like a simple yet flavor-packed dish!! I was originally going to make Southern Living’s sweet potato fritters, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Your recipe is now calling my name 🙂

  13. Sounds and looks so good! I ADORE sweet potatoes and eat them weekly. I love the flavors of black beans, corn and lime too and love adding those types of spices to sweet potatoes. This looks excellent. I make some Mexican spiced sweet potatoes with a Mexican tahini dipping sauce that is a favorite of mine, I’ll definitely try adding beans and corn next time!

    • Ohhh a Mexican tahini dipping sauce sounds great! I’ve got tahini in the fridge so I might have to give it a shot!

  14. This really good. I often have sweet potatoes on the side but this could be a main course.

  15. I’m a stuffed potato girl through and through. This avocado cream sauce sounds like the stuff dreams are made of. Can’t wait to give it a test.

    Feel better.

  16. I wish I could get myself to eat sweet potatoes but my mother turned me OFF of them at a very young age – LONG STORY. That being said, I am a huge B-NUT squash fan… And I have heard they taste similar??

  17. That looks so good! It reminds me of a healthy loaded potato. Yum…

  18. I am totally going to make this…on a white potato though- I just can’t do the sweet ones 🙁

  19. These look really good! I’m going to give it a try the next time my local farmer’s market has sweet potatoes.

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