24 Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes to Make for Every Meal
From black-bean stew to taco salad, sweet potatoes shine in these autumnal recipes.
With their bright-colored flesh and loads of nutrients, sweet potatoes are a powerhouse among produce. Though sweet potatoes are available year-round, they're at their sweetest in fall and winter. They are sometimes mislabeled as yams, which are actually not widely available in North America, but are equally delicious. From a healthy breakfast pudding to the Smashed Salt-and-Vinegar Sweet Potatoes that are pictured here, there are so many delicious ways to cook sweet potatoes for every meal.
When shopping for sweet potatoes, look out for two main varieties: The orange-fleshed sweet potato has a sweet, vibrant inside that takes on a creamy texture when cooked; the yellow-fleshed variety is mealier and less sweet than its orange counterpart. When choosing sweet potatoes, look for ones that are very firm, with no areas of softening, sprouting, or wrinkling, all of which are signs of age. To store sweet potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place for up to one month. They should never be kept in the refrigerator, as their natural sugars will convert to starch, making them less sweet.
Once you've purchased the best quality sweet potatoes possible, try experimenting with them in both sweet and savory recipes. Start your morning off with our Sweet-Potato Pudding, which can be partially prepared in advance. Blend together the flesh from one roasted sweet potato along with unsweetened almond milk, almond butter, and cinnamon, then serve for breakfast garnished with pomegranate arils, sliced almonds, and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes. Looking for a warm, comforting meal to serve your family for dinner? Try our Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew or our Taco Salad with Sweet-Potatoes; both are hearty, family-friendly meals that are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.
Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew
Slow-Baked Sweet Potatoes
There's no way to rush when making this easy, healthy side dish—medium sweet potatoes are wrapped in parchment and foil and roasted for an hour and a half until they're super tender and their sweet flavor shines. The cook time might be lengthy, but very little of it is hands-on.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Brown-Butter Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Seeds
Taco Salad with Sweet-Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes are the base of this Southwestern-inspired salad bowl. They're topped with black beans, sliced radishes, crushed tortilla chips, and crumbled goat cheese (which you can leave off for a vegan meal).
Sweet-Potato Toast Four Ways
Instead of sandwich bread, substitute thin slices of roasted sweet potatoes as the base for a gluten-free breakfast or lunch toast. Top with sliced hard-boiled eggs and spinach; sliced avocado and cocktail tomatoes; nut butter and berries; or hummus, sliced cucumbers, and radishes.
Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage
Sweet-Potato Custard Pie
Yes, you can serve sweet potatoes for dessert! Roasted sweet potatoes are puréed in a food processor and mixed with eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then topped with mouthwateringly sweet large marshmallows.
Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica
Vegan Sweet Potato Chili
Sweet Potato Home Fries
Upgrade bacon and eggs with these breakfast potatoes. Diced sweet potatoes are roasted on a sheet pan, then tossed with chopped onion, green bell pepper, jalapeño peppers, and plenty of unsalted butter.
Soba and Sweet Potatoes in Miso-Lime Broth
Nourishing, healthy, and hearty, this warm noodle bowl is packed with shiitake mushrooms, diced sweet potatoes, sliced baby bok choy, plus aromatics like scallions, garlic, sweet white miso, and fresh lime juice.
Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes
West African Peanut Stew
This flavorful, family-friendly stew comes together in under one hour. It's loaded with collard greens and sweet potatoes, which float in a combination of chicken broth and creamy peanut butter.
Pork Tenderloin with Kale Salad
This simple dinner will transport you to Tuscany. Diced sweet potatoes are roasted with chopped kale for a colorful, plentiful salad that's topped with dried currants and lots of freshly grated pecorino. It's served alongside pork tenderloin and steamed quinoa.
Sweet Potato Parmesan Fries
Sweet Potato-Sausage Soup
Sweet Potatoes and Buttermilk
Simply roasted wedges of sweet potatoes take on an almost candied flavor. Pair them with an easy, tangy buttermilk-mayo for dipping.
Sweet Potato and Sage-Butter Casserole
Sage adds a savory note to sweet-potato casserole topped with crunchy toasted breadcrumbs. Best of all: It can be made two days ahead of time.
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Boneless Pork Chops and Roasted Yam Fries
Pork loin medallions are dredged in breadcrumbs that are with seasoned with oregano. The earthy, fatty flavors pair well with sweet yams tossed in dark brown sugar.