Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and chipotle is such a classic flavor combination. Bring that sweet and smokey flavor to your holiday table with these Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

When Hubby and I started living together in early 2004 (wow, that was almost 10 years ago), I decided to make an executive decision about the holidays. Since his family is in Connecticut, mine is in Illinois, and at the time we were living in Ohio, I decided that we’d do a 3-year rotation for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since we obviously can’t split holidays, I wanted to just lay down the law so there wouldn’t be a discussion every fall about which family we were going to see.

The reason we do a 3-year rotation is simple. When I was young, we traveled every Christmas. I don’t think I ever woke up in my bed on Christmas morning. I wanted to make sure our future kids would have that opportunity. So for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we rotate between CT, IL, and not traveling. We made the rule at that time that if anyone wanted to come to us on the holiday we weren’t traveling, they were welcome to do so.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

It has worked out well to have this plan in place as my siblings have since gotten married and had kids, there’s never a disagreement about when we’ll be where for the holidays. This year’s rotation is for us to not travel for Thanksgiving and go to IL for Christmas. So when we bought our house in the spring, I knew I wanted to host Thanksgiving at our house this year. We spread the word to our family that we were going to be hosting and people got really excited to come spend some time in our new home in Cincinnati.

These chipotle mashed sweet potatoes are one of the things I’ll be serving on Thanksgiving. They have a great smokey spiciness from the chipotles that is just strong enough to taste without being overpowering. These were really good the next day, so I might consider making them in advance and reheating them just before dinner.

Here’s a chipotle tip for you. I don’t use chipotles fast enough once I open the can. So instead, I freeze them. First, I put a layer of plastic wrap over a mini muffin pan. Then I put one chipotle with some of the sauce in each little cup. Pop it in the freezer until they’re frozen solid. Then pull the plastic wrap off the pan and put the chipotles in a ziplock bag. Now you can just pull out one chipotle at a time instead of buying a whole new can for a recipe!

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Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and chipotle is such a classic flavor combination. Bring that sweet and smokey flavor to your holiday table with these Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp butter
1 whole canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
1 tsp adobo sauce from can of peppers
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Put cubed potatoes into steamer basket and place steamer into a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of basket. Allow to steam for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Add butter to potatoes and mash with potato masher.

Add peppers, sauce, and salt and continue mashing to combine. Serve immediately.

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11 Responses to “Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans”

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    Lauren — November 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

    This dish sounds great! I love sweet potatoes and black beans together, and the cilantro and lime sound like the perfect flavor additions.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    My fiance isn’t the biggest fan of beans so I try to “sneak” them into dishes and this looks a great recipe to try out!

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    Eliana — November 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I absolutely adore sweet potatoes but wud have never thought of flavoring them with cilantro and lime. This sounds like it would turn out super delicious.

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    Kerstin — November 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    We always have black beans in the house too and they are just perfect with sweet potatoes too – yum!

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    becksterslaboratory — November 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Oh dear, I never thought of pairing these 4 fave flavors together. Amazing : )

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Yum! I love black beans and I also love that they are super good for you. I think this would be an awesome quick weeknight dinner!

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    tobias cooks! — November 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    perfect combo of tastes. I would love to try this one.

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    Boston Food Diary — November 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Mmmm what a refreshing twist on sweet potatoes! These sound hearty and delicious!

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    Carrie — November 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    What a great recipe and beautiful photo. Black beans and sweet potatoes (and cilantro, for that matter!) are a couple of my favorite foods, so I know that I’d love this!

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    lacasitainspirada — November 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Yum! I love black beans in salads. This sounds great!
    And great pictures, too!

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    robinakagoatmom — February 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Made a half recipe and loved it hot or cold! Took to a work pot luck and a hit with everyone. Thanks for another great recipe.

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