Dec 4, 2016

Chili Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Whenever I have leftover chili I like to roast a few sweet potatoes and stuff them with the chili and top them with sour cream, cheese and green onions.
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I always keep a few sweet potatoes on hand since they last a long time and the vitamin-rich root vegetable can be used for so many different things. Whenever I have leftover chili I like to bake sweet potatoes and stuff them with the chili and top them with sour cream, cheese jalapeño and green onions. Try adding slices of avocado to lighten it up. It’s a great way to mix up leftovers without getting sick of them.

Chili Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Sweet potato – Sweet potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable with bright orangey flesh. Sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor. As they are roast the sugars slightly caramelize for a delicious side. Over half the US sweet potato crops are grown in North Carolina. 
  • Chili – This is a flexible recipe so you can feel free to top the sweet potatoes with your favorite chili recipe of choice. I’m partial to using classic ground beef chili. Find my recipe here.
  • Cheddar cheese – I always use sharp Cheddar when cooking for the most flavor!
chili loaded baked sweet potatoes recipe garnished with sour cream cheddar cheese jalapeño and green onion

How to Make Chili Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

roasted sweet potatoes in aluminum foil baked
Step 1: Bake the sweet potatoes.

Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Thoroughly scrub and dry the sweet potatoes then pierce each a few times with a knife. Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum foil. Bake until very tender, about 1 hour.

Step 2: Cool and fill with chili.

Unwrap the sweet potatoes and let cool slightly. Slice the potatoes lengthwise and fill each with a ½ cup of chili.

split roasted sweet potato with ladle of classic beef chili
chili loaded baked sweet potatoes recipe from cooking with cocktail rings
Step 3: Add topping s and serve.

Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions and jalapeños. Serve hot.

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

Swaps and Substitutions
  • The sweet potatoes can be swapped for roasted russet potatoes though I prefer the sweetness of the roasted sweet potatoes to offset the spice from the chili.
  • While I use beef chili another favorite chili recipe can be used in it’s place.
  • The jalapeño can be swapped for sliced serranos for a bit more spice.
Other Toppings

Try these toppings in addition to or instead of the combination of Cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeños and green onions.

  • Pickled jalapeños or onions
  • Other cheeses like shredded pepper Jack or Monterey Jack
  • Sliced avocado
  • Tortilla chips or Fritos
  • Chopped cilantro
chili loaded baked sweet potatoes recipe on plate

Other Recipes to Try

If you enjoy this chili loaded sweet potato recipe, I recommend checking out some of these:

Chili Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups chili of choice, I use classic ground beef chili
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Thoroughly scrub and dry the sweet potatoes then pierce each a few times with a knife to let steam escape. Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum foil. Bake until very tender, about 1 hour.
  • Unwrap the sweet potatoes and let cool slightly. Slice the potatoes lengthwise and fill each with a ½ cup of chili.
  • Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions and jalapeños. Serve hot.

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