These must-try sweet potato recipes are the best ways to use this delicious root vegetable! They’ll have everyone coming back for more.
When it comes to root vegetables, there’s nothing more versatile and delicious than the mighty sweet potato. This tasty tuber can be used in infinite ways, from side dish to dinner to even dessert! There’s so much more to this potato than the Thanksgiving casserole. Try them as fries, mashed, chili, stuffed, loaded: the sweet savory combo always hits the spot. Here are all our most popular sweet potato recipes for using this orange veggie!
The top must-make sweet potato recipe: Sweet Potato Wedges! You won't be able to resist these perfectly seasoned wedges, slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. You can serve them as a healthy side dish, or even better: load them with chili for a tasty dinner.
There's nothing better than a baked sweet potato! It’s easy, deliciously tender, and easy to load with savory toppings to make into a meal. Of course, if you prefer sweet toppings that works too…or just a pat of butter! This recipe makes spuds that are perfectly tender with delicious moist orange flesh.
Hello, fry lovers. Meet your new favorite fries: the Best Ever Sweet Potato Fries! These really are phenomenal: they're crispy on the outside, tender on the outside, with the best sweet and salty flavor. And they're baked, not fried! Welcome to your new go-to.
Here's a fan favorite sweet potato recipe: Sweet Potato Enchiladas! This gooey, cheesy, savory-sweet pan of baked goodness will have everyone coming back for more. Black beans and sweet potatoes pair perfectly with tangy salsa verde and savory Colby cheese.
A healthy and delicious way to eat sweet potatoes? Try this Sweet Potato Salad! The contrast of garlic roasted sweet potato cubes, feathery baby arugula, cranberries and creamy goat cheese hit it out of the park. Top it with tangy honey mustard dressing and well, you’ll want to park yourself in front of the bowl.
Here’s a way to cook everyone’s favorite root vegetable that might surprise you: Steamed Sweet Potatoes! This easy method is fast and easy, and it results in the most deliciously moist and tender flesh. Don’t get us wrong: we love the oven for vegetables, like these Baked Sweet Potatoes. But steaming this orange vegetable makes it so moist, it might become your new best method.
What about turning this bright orange root vegetable into a baked good? Try these Sweet Potato Muffins! Adding mashed sweet potato to baked goods makes them deliciously moist. These tall, fluffy muffins are perfectly cinnamon spiced and the ideal side dish, breakfast or snack.
What's better than mashed potatoes? These healthy mashed sweet potatoes are comfort food to the max. They're deliciously fluffy, with a flavor nuance from garlic and chives. We dare you not to take another bite!
Tender sweet potatoes and bell peppers swim in a luscious broth of coconut milk and Thai curry paste, topped with fresh cilantro and crunchy peanuts. There’s so much flavor going on, you’ll want to take another bite before you’re finished savoring the first. Welcome to: your easy weeknight dinner soulmate: sweet potato curry.
Oh hello, luscious and velvety Sweet Potato Soup! This root vegetable is makes the best sweet and creamy puree. Accentuate it with a healthy dose of smoked paprika and the flavor is earthy, subtly smoky and absolutely irresistible. This healthy soup will please just about anyone: even avowed sweet potato haters!
Want to cook a sweet potato…fast? Try this Microwave Sweet Potato recipe! It’s actually easy to screw this up. Microwave the potato too long and it comes out dried up and shriveled. So we’ve tested every variable to hone this microwave sweet potato method! Here are the tricks to how to cook a tender and moist sweet potato every time.
The best way to make a sweet potato recipe into dinner? Stuffed sweet potatoes! These spuds are the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Black beans are the perfect complement to the light sweetness of the potato, and topped with creamy cilantro sauce, it’s a little bit of heaven.
Here’s a quick bread is a sweet potato recipe that's begging to be part of your baking repertoire: Sweet Potato Bread! This alterative to pumpkin bread is even more fun than the classic, we think. Why? It’s incredibly moist and sweetly spiced, with cinnamon and a beautiful nuance from the sweet potato. This recipe makes a tall, fluffy loaf that looks impressive.
Here's a delicious sweet potato recipe that makes them into a meal: sweet potato chili! It’s healthy and veggie loaded, with all those nutrients from this healthy orange potato. And it's seriously hearty and satisfying, with complexity from a few flavor tricks.
Here's a sweet potato recipe that's been a fan favorite for years. These little "toasts" are spiced with cumin and chili powder, then loaded with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. The flavor loaded into one bite is unreal!
Here’s a creamy side dish that’s perfect on any plate: Sweet Potato Puree! This lusciously creamy puree is light and sweet: ideal for serving with a savory protein like roast chicken or seared fish. It tastes restaurant style: especially when you serve the protein perched on top! Serve it at fall meals and it will be the talk of the table: we promise!
They’re fudgy, chewy, chocolaty, and an unexpected way to use this root vegetable. Try these Sweet Potato Brownies! Sweet potato makes the best chewy texture and loads them with nutrients. But most importantly: they’re irresistibly delicious, with a rich nuance in flavor that makes them taste loads better than a standard brownie.
Here's a delicious way to make a sweet potato recipe: grate it into hash browns! These sweet potato hash browns couldn't be easier: great, throw them on a sheet pan, and bake until crispy. Breakfast just got tastier.
Is it grilling season? Then you absolutely must try these grilled sweet potatoes! Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, they’ve got a little smoky char to the flavor and are absolutely delicious.
Here’s a great sweet potato recipe for any season: Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos! Throw almost any seasonal veggies onto a sheet pan, season them up, and they work as a delicious taco filling! The best part: you can add the black beans right on the roasting pan. It comes out zingy and delicious: top with pico de gallo, cheese crumbles, and a dollop of sour cream.
Imagine a perfectly baked sweet potato, topped with a fresh, crunchy Thai-style pepper and cabbage slaw and a creamy peanut sauce. We’ve heard from many readers that this one is a family favorite! If you have an Instant Pot, try this with our Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes. (If not, use the Quick Baked Sweet Potato method above.)
A go-to sweet potato recipe? This Moroccan Sweet Potato Stew! It’s ultra flavorful, with a blend of warm spices: coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. And it’s full of nutrient rich vegetables: sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach. Serve it with quinoa for a delicious dinner.
Buying sweet potatoes
What to look for when you head to the store for these sweet potato recipes? Here are a few pointers on purchasing these spuds:
Size: Small to medium sweet potatoes are easiest to work with: they’re easier to cut and take less time to bake (if baked whole).
Skin: Look for skin that has no bruises or cracks.
Type: There are many types of sweet potatoes: some have orange flesh and some have 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 below), but these recipes work with any type of orange-fleshed potato. Do not use white flesh potatoes for the recipes above, because they cook differently.
Yams vs. sweet potatoes: the difference
What’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Yams are native to Africa and Asia. Compared to sweet potatoes, they’re starchier and drier and have very tough skin. They’re carried in more grocery stores these days, but you’d probably find them in the international and specialty markets. Sometimes grocery stories in the US mislabel sweet potatoes as yams.
For the recipes above, pick from what your grocery labels as “sweet potato”. Make sure it’s an orange flesh sweet potato. Don’t forget about farmers markets: they’re a great place to find sweet potatoes as well!
A few more ideas
Didn’t see a recipe that works for you? Here are a few more ideas for using this tasty tuber:
2 pounds sweet potatoes, small to medium sized (size is important!*)
2 tablespoons olive oil
To serve as a main dish: 4 cups Quick Chili, sliced green onions, sour cream, and hot sauce
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
In a small bowl, mix the spices and salt together. (Variation: If you want a crispier sweet potato wedge, add 3 tablespoons cornstarch here.) Wash the sweet potatoes, keeping the skins on. Slice the potatoes into short wedges by doing the following: slice each potato in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise. Place each piece cut side down and slice it in half. Then flip them over and cut that piece down the center into two wedges (see this video, but cut them in half). In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the olive oil and spices.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes until tender and starting to become crisped and brown (no need to stir). Serve immediately.
*For wedges it’s best to have small to medium sized sweet potatoes. Large potatoes tend to turn out large and awkward shaped (make those into fries instead!).