Monday, April 30, 2012

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Look what I have for you today...ANOTHER "stuffed" recipe!  You'd think I have a slight obsession but oddly enough, I had this recipe chosen for our Cinco de Mayo themed Dinner Club well before any of the other stuffed recipes were planned for my blog postings.

I've seen this recipe called several things: Healthy Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Mexican-Inspired Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, and Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.  It's a mouthful to type or say.  So, let's just put aside our differences and as in the age old potAYto versus potAHto argument we'll just call them "delicious".

You will have leftover filling.  That is, unless you're like me and start eating it by the spoonful.  But, if you do happen to have some left, I hear they make an awesome quesadilla filling!

Look for my other Cinco de Mayo Dinner Club dish later this week!

One Year Ago: Guacamole
Two Years Ago: Summer Corn and Vegetable Soup

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Photo Credit: Emily H.

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, or 1.5 cups frozen corn, rinsed and patted dry
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 oz cream cheese (light is fine)
  • 1/4 c sour cream (light is fine), plus more for serving
  • 1 to 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced or pureed (adjust to your spice tolerance)
  • 6 Tbsp shredded Mexican cheese (or other preferred flavor)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and allow to set until cool enough to handle.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooling, saute the corn in a dry heavy skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle with salt, cumin, chili powder and Mexican oregano. Cook until the corn is roasted and browned (about 7 to 10 minutes). Transfer to a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Wipe the skillet clean and heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook until just translucent and tender. Transfer to the bowl with the corn. Add the black beans and cilantro to the onion and corn. Gently stir to mix.
  4. Cut the cooled sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise. Scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl, leaving the skins intact (leaving a thin layer of potato helps to hold the skin together.) Add the cream cheese, sour cream, chipotle pepper(s) and salt to the mixing bowl with the sweet potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or blender to desired texture. Gently stir in the roasted corn, onions, black beans and cilantro mix.
  5. Preheat the broiler. Fill each potato skin with the mashed potato mixture, topping each with 1 Tablespoon of cheese. Broil for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and hot. Serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
Source: As seen on and adapted by Pennies on a Platter from Pinch of Yum

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