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Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet potato skins with a Southern twist...

Southwest-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

These Southwest-stuffed sweet potato skins prove that you don’t need meat to make a great game day recipe. If you can’t find fingerling sweet potatoes, use 4-6 small sweet potatoes. And you could easily make the recipe vegan by skipping the cheese – you won’t miss it.

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  • 10 -12 fingerling sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 15-ounce can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 large bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Monterey or pepper jack cheese
  • hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream (optional)


 Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and roast for 30-35 minutes (if using fingerlings) or 45-55 minutes (if using small sweet potatoes). When they are done, they will be slightly soft to the touch, but they shouldn’t be mushy. Once they’re done, remove from the oven and let cool.

While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the filling: in a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until the onions have softened and are beginning to brown, 12-15 minutes.

Add the corn, black beans, bell peppers, chili powder, ground cumin and lime juice. Saute for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are cooked through and beginning to brown. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Once the potatoes are cooked and cooled, cut them in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop the flesh out of the sweet potato skin, leaving a thin layer of potato (this helps the skin stay sturdy once filled). Line the skins on the baking tray.

Stir the cooked sweet potato flesh into the corn-black bean mixture. Scoop this filling into each sweet potato skin, then top with the shredded cheese.

Bake the skins for an additional 7-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is beginning to brown. Serve with hot sauce, guacamole and sour cream.