Mexican-Style Sweet Potatoes

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This is one of my favourite healthy lunch or dinner recipes. They’re quick, simple and totally delicious.

This recipe serves 2 -4 depending on the size of the potatoes, one half of a large potato should be enough for 1 portion. Serve with side salad.


  • Olive oil

  • 2 Sweet potatoes

  • 1 Spanish onion (white), finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 red pepper, chopped

  • 3-4 sundried tomatoes, sliced

  • 8 – 10 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tsp tomato paste

  • 200g black beans, drained

  • Pinch of fresh coriander

  • Salt and pepper

  • Sour cream

  • 1 corn on the cob, to serve (optional) 


  • 2 avocados

  • Juice of ½ lime

  • Olive oil

  • Fresh coriander, chopped

  • ½ red chilli

  • Jalapeños (optional)

  • Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200c, fan setting. 

Wash the sweet potatoes, pat dry then rub with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Roast on a baking tray for about 40 minutes or until cooked through.  

While the potatoes cook, peel and finely chop the onion and garlic heat both in a pan with a glug of olive oil. When the onion is soft, turn up the heat and add the red pepper, cherry tomatoes and sundried tomatoes. Cook on a high heat until they are soft then turn the heat back down. Add the beans, paprika, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes on a gentle heat. Roughly chop and stir in the coriander, then take off the heat. 

Prepare the corn on the cob. Boil for 5 minutes then place under the grill until it looks charred and toasted.  

For the guacamole; scoop the flesh out the avocados and mash it with a fork. Finely chop the chilli and coriander then mix into the avocado flesh along with the lime, olive oil and salt and pepper  

When the sweet potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and cut them in half. Scoop out the middle and mix 2/3 of it into the beans and tomatoes, then scoop spoonful’s back into the potato skins. 

Serve the loaded sweet potato skins with big spoonful’s of cool guacamole and sour cream, and finally; a good sprinkling of toasted corn!


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