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 🙂
I usually make mine Mexican themed, but feel free to use whatever you have on had. Here’s what you need:
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
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.
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.
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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
oh yes, mexican + sweet potato all in one dish?! sounds perfect in my book. 😉
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
This sounds delicious!! So simple and easy – gotta love it!
Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says
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 😉
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
YUM! Such a good idea! I’ve been looking for a healthy idea for mexican food!
Gina (The Candid RD) says
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.
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
My sweet potatoes have been Mexican recently, too! Guacamole + salsa + sweet potato = heaven!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I need to start making a bunch of beans and freezing them. Black beans have quickly become my favorite!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
mexican + sweet potato??? another random combo that i’m sure is delish!
Lisa @ RunWiki says
Oh good Lord! This is right up my alley. You have spoken to my taste buds. Thank you again Lindsay.
This sounds SO good. I love any food stuffed into another food, especially if it’s good for you!
the more loaded the better. LOVE IT and so simple.
Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says
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!
Paige @ Running Around Normal says
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 🙂
Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says
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!!!).
Stefanie @TheNewHealthy says
All my favorite things in one meal! Definitely trying this. 🙂
[email protected] says
That looks delicious! I have been addicted to sweet potatoes lately!
Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life says
Please come cook for me? 🙂
Yummo! These look absolutely delicious!
Lauren @ Part Time House Wife says
I’m totally making this… I have an enormous sweet potatoe begging me to mexify it right now! Perfect solution!
Heather @ Better With Veggies says
Love loaded sweet potatoes, it’s a great way to really pack in the veggies and easy to bring to work for lunch. Delicious!
Sarah @RunningChickago says
this looks SO good! i will definitely make this in the near-future! 🙂 thanks!!
I love this recipe! Def a vegetarian meal I can do!
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
Now I’m SO hungry.
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.
microwaved it so much easier than baked! and quicker! i’ve made nachos with baked sweet potato chips before! yummmm!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
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.
Kristen @ Miami Housewife says
I’ve been eagerly anticipating this recipe and it looks fantastic! Sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite healthy-food combos.
yay!!! let me know if you try it out!
[email protected] says
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
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!!
yes! You must try!!! so easy, so good.
loving this series!!!! that looks so good. oh my… adding to my must try meals
excellent! let me know what you think!
I always have my sweet potato “sweet style” not savoury like this! I will be trying this now 🙂 Thanks Lindsay
ooooh yes! do try 🙂 i think you’ll like it!
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.
yum! that sounds amazing!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
I’m loving your recipes!! This looks so good. I’ve already had dinner and you are making me hungry all over again!
This has been one of my favorite meals for a long time. It’s just perfect!
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
ooooh, yum!! I love sw style sweet potato ANYTHING.
Leonor @FoodFaithFitness says
I’ve never thought of eating a sweet potato this way. Thanks for the recipe!
Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) says
I love dressing up potatoes for a quick and easy dinner! Love the Mexican version, this is right up my alley!
me too! i need to bring out and try some other combos for toppings!
Jentry Nielsen says
Wow these look so delicious!! I have got to try these! Dinner tonight set! 🙂
Sam @ The Balance Artist says
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!
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!