Stuffed sweet potatoes make the best easy dinner idea! Bake them until tender, then stuff with fillings for a delicious main dish meal.

Stuffed sweet potatoes

Need a healthy dinner idea? Look no further than this trusty trick: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! Bake the spuds whole until they’re moist and tender, then top with hearty fillings to make a hearty dinner recipe. We’ve been making the loaded sweet potato for years since we were fledgling cooks, and it’s still a favorite to this day. The way the savory black beans contrast with the sweet orange flesh makes magic, in our opinion. Often when we don’t know what’s for dinner, it’s sweet potatoes to the rescue! Where’s how to assemble this easy meal.

The type of sweet potatoes to buy

When you’re making stuffed sweet potatoes, there a few things to look for when you’re shopping for your spuds. Here are two tips:

  • Avoid very large potatoes. Some sweet potatoes are incredibly large, which take longer to bake. Make sure to find medium to large potatoes; avoid any potato over 1 pound.
  • Look for orange-flesh potatoes. There are many types of sweet potatoes, some with orange flesh and some with white flesh. The two main types of orange flesh potatoes you’ll find at the store are Jewel, which has a light brown-orange skin and Red Garnet, which has red skin and is slightly thinner. We like Jewel sweet potatoes (pictured), but this recipe works with any type of orange-fleshed potato.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed sweet potato cooking methods

There are several ways to bake loaded sweet potatoes: the most classic way is to bake the potatoes whole. But want to cut down on the bake time? We have a shortcut that lets you significantly cut down the bake time, which we use on a regular basis. Here’s what to do:

  • Classic: Make a classic baked sweet potato! Rub the skin with olive oil and prick it with a fork. Place it on a parchment lined baking sheet, then bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip and bake 20 minutes more until fork tender (keep baking up to 20 minutes more until tender, depending on the size).
  • Quick baked method: Make a quick baked sweet potato! Cut the potatoes in half, which drastically cuts down the bake time. Drizzle with olive oil and prick with a fork, then bake at 425 degrees for about 25 to 35 minutes, until tender.
  • Steamed: You can also make stuffed potatoes using this steamed sweet potatoes method: they come out incredibly moist.
  • Shortcut: microwave: If you’re making a stuffed sweet potato for one or two, try a microwave sweet potato!

Stuffed sweet potato toppings

Sure, you could serve stuffed sweet potatoes as a side dish, or stuff them with marshmallows or pecans like some people do on Thanksgiving. But the best way to stuff them, in our opinion? With savory toppings, made into a main dish! Savory toppings are the ideal contrast to the sweet flesh of the potato. The recipe below is a spin on the way we used to eat stuffed sweet potatoes years ago when we first started cooking together. The ideal toppings are:

  • Sautéed black beans, cooked wtih onion, garlic and jalapeno pepepr (optional)
  • Mashed avocado
  • Pico de gallo (or a few slices of Fresno pepper)
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Creamy sauce (optional): You don’t need it, but we like to add a creamy sauce to bring it all together. The easiest method? Sour cream with a few shakes of hot sauce. But if you like, try Chipotle Ranch Dressing, Vegan Cilantro Sauce, Chipotle Sauce, or Cilantro Lime Sauce.
Stuffed sweet potatoes

More topping ideas

Of course, you can make stuffed sweet potatoes with a myriad of different topping ideas! For us, the key is to keep it savory and top the potatoes with protein-packed ingredients, which make for a filling main dish. Here are some ideas to keep you inspired:

Stuffed sweet potatoes

More sweet potato recipes

Sweet potatoes are one of our top vegetables to add to healthy meals. Here are some great sweet potato recipes to try:

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Stuffed sweet potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Stuffed sweet potatoes make the best easy dinner idea! Bake them until tender, then stuff with fillings for a delicious main dish meal.


Ingredients

Scale

For the sweet potatoes

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (orange-flesh)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for rubbing

For the stuffing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Feta cheese, for serving
  • Pico de gallo, for serving
  • Optional: Sour cream mixed with hot sauce, Chipotle Ranch Dressing, Vegan Cilantro Sauce, Chipotle Sauce, or Cilantro Lime Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit*.
  2. Prep the sweet potatoes: Place foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes and prick them all over with a fork. Rub each potato with oil and place it on the lined baking sheet. (For the quick baked sweet potato option, slice them in half, rub with olive oil and prick with a fork.)
  3. Bake the sweet potatoes: Bake 20 minutes and flip with tongs. Bake additional 20 minutes and check for tenderness with a fork. The fork should easily pierce the sweet potato to the center. If it is not tender, continue baking, up to 20 minutes more depending on size of the sweet potato. Or for the quick baked sweet potato, bake the potato halves 25 to 35 minutes, until tender, depending on the size of the potato. Then mash with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile, make the black beans: Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and jalapeno pepper for 5 to 7 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the black beans, oregano, cumin and kosher salt and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Stuff the potatoes: Mash the avocado and season it with salt. When the potatoes are done, sprinkle them with a few pinches of kosher salt. On each sweet potato, add black beans, mashed avocado, pico de gallo, and a sprinkle of feta. If desired, drizzle with one of the optional sauces.

Notes

*Alternate method: If making stuffed sweet potatoes for 1 or 2, you can make a Microwave Sweet Potato.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Stuffed sweet potatoes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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