These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are stuffed with black beans, white onion, Anaheim pepper, and cheese. They're topped with chipotle pepper spiced Mexican Crema (Mexican sour cream).
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Sweet potatoes and black beans are a surprisingly great combination. Once I learned that, I started mixing them together in dishes. For example, in these vegetarian Cuban tacos, topped with queso fresco.
Along with many of you, I'm guessing, I had a slow migration from my favorite white fluffy russets to sweet potatoes. But once I started making sweet potato fries, I was sold.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- The filling can easily be made in advance, making this a 15-minute dinner for a busy weeknight.
- It's healthy with lots of fiber and protein for a vegetarian dinner.
- Kids love this dish.
- These Mexican stuffed peppers are hardy main dish, requiring little else for a side dish.
🧅 Main Ingredients + Notes
The secret to faster and easier meals often lies in the ingredients. For example, store-bought items and ingredients you make ahead and store in the refrigerator (or freezer) can turn a 60-minute recipe into a 30-minutes meal or less.
For the all of the ingredients, measurements and directions, go to the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post.
- Sweet potatoes
- White onion - red onion works great in this recipe too.
- Anaheim pepper - other peppers are fine too, such as Hatch chili.
- Spices - allspice, cayenne and smoked paprika are terrific together.
- Black beans - either canned or cooked from dried.
- Orange juice
- Monterey Jack cheese - or Pepper Jack cheese
- Mexican crema - or sour cream
- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional)
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⏰ Tips to Simplify and Save Time
- Use canned beans or cook the dried beans ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container.
- Make the black bean stuffing ahead of time, and refrigerate in an airtight container.
💡Ideas for Possible Variations
- Anaheim peppers are pretty mild, but if you want to dial down the heat, use a diced red bell pepper instead. If you want to dial up the heat, use a Hatch chile, jalapeño, or Serrano chile.
- Pinto beans work very well in this recipe in place of the black beans.
- Add avocado as a topping before serving.
- Other melty cheeses work well in this Mexican stuffed peppers dish, such as Pepper Jack and Cheddar cheese.
🍽 Side Dish Ideas
If you want something a little more with this dish, serve with this Jiffy Mexican Cornbread, made with Jiffy Cornbread Muffin mix, sour cream, cheese and chilies. It's amazing.
A simple salad of butter lettuce, cabbage and diced oranges is a refreshing side.
Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup diced white onion
- 2 tablespoons diced Anaheim pepper or other mild chile
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground Pimentón Ahumado Smoked Paprika
- 1 can black beans (1 ½ cups cooked beans from dried)
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- ⅔ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 3 tablespoons Mexican crema or sour cream
- ½ teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo (optional)
- pinch kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
- Scrub the sweet potatoes and puncture them a few times with with a fork or sharp knife. Bake them according to your own preference. I microwave them for 7 - 9 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
- Warm the oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and pepper, and cook until completely softened and beginning to caramelize, about 10 - 12 minutes. Add the allspice, salt, cayenne, and smoked paprika, toss to coat, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the beans, and orange juice. The orange juice will loosen any bits that have cooked onto the bottom of the skillet – be sure to scrape them up. They’re full of flavor!
- Split the cooked sweet potatoes open, lengthwise, and lightly loosen the sweet potato meat using a fork. Put a little cheese into the bottom of the sweet potatoes, and pile the bean mixture on top. Top with the rest of the grated cheese and microwave for 1 minute to melt it.
- Stir together the Mexican Crema and chipotle pepper in adobo (if using) with a pinch of salt. Put a dollop on top and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.