My Go-To Meals: Mexican Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Hi friends!

I’m back with another one of my go-to meals to share with you guys! In case you missed last week, you can check out my Lentil & Veggie Curry by clicking HERE.

This week’s meal is the one I probably make the most out of any other meal ever. It’s so easy, so delicious and I can throw it together in about 15 minutes. Plus it’s super healthy. An all-around win in my book :)

A easy weeknight dinner! These vegetarian Mexican Loaded Sweet Potatoes come together quickly and are easy to customize!

I usually make mine Mexican themed, but feel free to use whatever you have on had. Here’s what you need:

Sweet potatoes
A grain

I almost always use black beans from the freezer. For the base I usually use red peppers and onion mixed with beans and whatever grain I happen to have leftover in my fridge. Brown rice works well…so does quinoa, farro, wheatberries…you get the idea. Saute the peppers and onions with some garlic. Add a little cayenne pepper and cumin….put the mixture on top of a microwaved sweet potato and top with tomato, avocado and cheese. That’s it!

Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 15 min

Keywords: microwave saute entree healthy vegetarian low-sodium black beans sweet potato Mexican


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 small sweet potatoes (or 2 large)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 c cooked grain (rice, farro, quinoa)
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • mexican cheese


1. Poke the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until soft.
2. Saute the garlic, onion, red pepper and black beans in a medium-sized pan.
3. Add spices and mix well.
4. Add the grain and stir until heated through.
5. Slice the sweet potatoes in half length-wise (cut in half if using 2 large).
6. Top with bean mixture.
7. Add the avocado, tomato and cheese and serve warm.

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The most important thing to remember is that this recipe is not exact. I usually don’t measure anything…just throw in what I have on hand. I always make extra toppings and we use that in tacos or burritos for lunch the rest of the week. If you eat meat, add some chicken or pork to the mix.

A easy weeknight dinner! These vegetarian Mexican Loaded Sweet Potatoes come together quickly and are easy to customize!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. oh yes, mexican + sweet potato all in one dish?! sounds perfect in my book. 😉
    Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries recently posted..Get To Know Us {Ryan and Molly}

  2. This sounds delicious!! So simple and easy – gotta love it!
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  3. Yum yum! I’ve just discovered the world of sweet potatoes (adding nut butter, cottage cheese, etc.), so this recipe is more than welcome in my book! I could even see Will POSSIBLY eating this too 😉
    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance recently posted..The Pizookie Awakening

  4. YUM! Such a good idea! I’ve been looking for a healthy idea for mexican food!
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  5. Nick and I went through a loaded potato faze, but I’m not sure what happened! We need to bring it back! THanks for sharing your tips. This sounds amazing.
    Gina (The Candid RD) recently posted..Possibly My Last Blog Post; Clean Eating’s Panko and Sage-Crusted Pork Cutlets

  6. My sweet potatoes have been Mexican recently, too! Guacamole + salsa + sweet potato = heaven!
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Saturday Morning at the Farmers’ Market (+ a Panini recipe!)

  7. I need to start making a bunch of beans and freezing them. Black beans have quickly become my favorite!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Vegan Food Is Not Healthy

  8. mexican + sweet potato??? another random combo that i’m sure is delish!
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  9. Oh good Lord! This is right up my alley. You have spoken to my taste buds. Thank you again Lindsay.
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  10. This sounds SO good. I love any food stuffed into another food, especially if it’s good for you!

  11. the more loaded the better. LOVE IT and so simple.
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  12. Yum! I think this is about to become one of my go-to meals too. :) Sweet potatoes make such a great base for yummy stuff!
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  13. Ooh, I like this series! Man, sweet guac yesterday and savory sweet potatoes today! I’m going to be trying all sorts of new combos :)
    Paige @ Running Around Normal recently posted..Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Review

  14. How long do you microwave the sweet potato? This will definitely be added to my go-to list (though Dear Hubby will have to fend for himself… he’s like the only person in America who doesn’t like Mexican food!!!).
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  15. All my favorite things in one meal! Definitely trying this. :)
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  16. That looks delicious! I have been addicted to sweet potatoes lately!

  17. Please come cook for me? :)
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  18. Yummo! These look absolutely delicious!
    Dawn recently posted..The Small Healthy Choices Really Add Up

  19. I’m totally making this… I have an enormous sweet potatoe begging me to mexify it right now! Perfect solution!
    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife recently posted..Garlic & Lemon Hummus … And Gardening Advice NEEDED!

  20. Love loaded sweet potatoes, it’s a great way to really pack in the veggies and easy to bring to work for lunch. Delicious!
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  21. this looks SO good! i will definitely make this in the near-future! :) thanks!!

  22. I love this recipe! Def a vegetarian meal I can do!
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  23. Now I’m SO hungry.
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Chinese and Cheese Balls

  24. Love me some Sweet Potatoes… I’m going to have to try a microwaved SP. It’s like nachos, but without the cheese and chips. If that makes any sense.
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  25. Sweet potatoes…I feel so bad for the times I would shun them at Thanksgiving meals. They are really are fab. Love black beans with them.
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  26. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this recipe and it looks fantastic! Sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite healthy-food combos.
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  27. thats one loaded ‘tater!! im gonna have to try it. i go in phases with sweet potatoes where i have them all the time..then never buy them. u just reminded me to buy them again recently posted..24 Weeks

  28. I love this series! This is definitely another I wanna add to my list! M LOVES potatoes so I know he would love this too! I never think to make stuffed potatoes!!
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  29. loving this series!!!! that looks so good. oh my… adding to my must try meals
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  30. I always have my sweet potato “sweet style” not savoury like this! I will be trying this now :) Thanks Lindsay
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  31. Oh yum! I love ‘stuffed’ sweet potatoes. This reminds me of the meal I made last night…I made a tempeh black bean mexican stir-fry and served it with a side of chipotle sweet potato fries. De-li-ci-ous.

  32. I’m loving your recipes!! This looks so good. I’ve already had dinner and you are making me hungry all over again!
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  33. This has been one of my favorite meals for a long time. It’s just perfect!
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  34. ooooh, yum!! I love sw style sweet potato ANYTHING.
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  35. I’ve never thought of eating a sweet potato this way. Thanks for the recipe!
    Leonor @FoodFaithFitness recently posted..Motivational Monday- Celeb Mom spotlight

  36. I love dressing up potatoes for a quick and easy dinner! Love the Mexican version, this is right up my alley!

  37. Wow these look so delicious!! I have got to try these! Dinner tonight set! :)
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  38. First time visiting your blog, love it!! After finding this recipe, it’s all I thought about all day; I was eagerly awaiting lunch! Mexican food (especially healthified) is my absolute fave, and your meal sounded exactly like something I would cook…cumin, cayenne, black beans, quinoa, sweet potato, etc….all daily staples for me. I added lime juice as well. Savory is the way to GO for sweet potatoes!!! Thanks!

    • awesome!! so glad you found my blog :) we eat a TON of mexican food in our house. i definitely agree savory is the best way to enjoy sweet potatoes!

  39. I love simple recipes like this where you can customize all the ingredients to your liking without changing the flavor. I also just started eating sweet potatoes regularly, and I’ve run out of interesting ways to cook them. Thanks so much for posting and please keep sending the sweet potato recipes our way!
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