Step out of the box with these tasty Mexican Sweet Potatoes loaded with all the best flavors in Mexican cuisine. One bite perfection is here!
With just your cast iron skillet, a sheet pan, and a handful of ingredients, you can quickly whip up an amazing Mexican-inspired appetizer that stands out from your typical “go-to” recipes. These potatoes are loaded with cheese, corn, cilantro, avocado, jalapeños, and more!
Looking to spice up this dish and add even more toppings? Consider adding black beans or serrano peppers!
Best Mexican Sweet Potatoes Recipe
I love stepping out of the box with an appetizer that may be a little unexpected!
Say goodbye to always eating the same old appetizers when hosting a party or bringing a dish over to a friend’s house; these potatoes are perfection in every bite.
These Mexican Sweet Potatoes are the perfect blend of sweet and savory, topped with creamy avocado and spicy jalapeño!
You can customize your sweet potatoes by turning up with heat with chipotle peppers or other ingredients you might want to add!
Mexican Sweet Potato Ingredients
Potatoes: for this recipe I used a large sweet potato. I find that longer, skinny sweet potatoes work best for slicing into perfect sized rounds, but they can be hard to come across.
As long as you have about 30 slices, you’ll be good! You can even cut a slice in half if you need to. They all get smothered in cheese and other toppings anyways, so no need to look perfect!
Dairy: bring on the cheese with shredded Mexican blend cheese.
From the garden (or the store): to pull in those Mexican flavors everyone loves, you will need jalapeño, avocado, and some red onion.
Corn: I used frozen white corn, but you can also use frozen yellow corn or fresh corn on the cob. Just make sure to cut the kernels off.
Herbs and spices: to keep the flavors authentic and to really let the sweet potato sing, we are going to use fresh cilantro and a touch of salt and pepper, to taste.
Sweet Potatoes can be substituted for regular potatoes if needed.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How to make Mexican Sweet Potatoes
1. Roast the Potatoes. Preheat the oven and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the seasoned sweet potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet with a little room in between each one and bake. You might need to work with two baking sheets.
2. Prepare the skillet. Transfer the potatoes to a 12” cast iron skillet and layer with frozen corn and shredded cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
3. Add toppings and serve. Remove the skillet from the oven and top with sliced jalapeño, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. Serve immediately.
Other Toppings You Can Add
I love toppings and ways to change up a recipe based on who might be joining me for dinner! Below are some optional toppings that also taste great.
- Black beans
- Bell peppers
- Cilantro Lime Crema
- Sour cream
- Chipotle Mayo
- Squeeze of lime juice
You can also serve extra toppings on the side for some DIY action or for anyone who doesn’t like certain ingredients.
Questions You Might Have
Camote! In Mexico they have sweet potatoes that are long and purple. Depending on the region of Mexico you are in, the word can have many different meanings, however, it means “sweet potato.”
Candied yams and sweet potatoes are actually very different and a lot of it has to do with their outward appearance. The skin of a yam tends to look more dark, brown, and like tree bark. Sweet potatoes, however, are more of a reddish-brown color.
– Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals
– They help promote a healthy gut
– Sweet potatoes have various antioxidants
– They support healthy vision
– Sweet potatoes are rich in many natural sources that can help boost your immune system.
South America! Sweet Potatoes originated in both Central and South America. However, archeologists have also found additional history of the sweet potato being present in Polynesia.
More Sweet Potato Recipes To Try
- BBQ Chicken Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Breakfast Sweet Potato Toast
- Pesto Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
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Mexican Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400° F and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the seasoned sweet potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet with a little room in between each one and bake for 12-15 minutes, until they start to brown around the edges. You might need to work with two baking sheets.
- Transfer the potatoes to a 12'' cast iron skillet and layer with frozen corn and shredded cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and top with sliced jalapeño, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. Serve immediately.
- Longer and skinnier sweet potatoes are best for this recipe. If you can’t find a large one, 2 smaller ones will work.