Meatless Monday–Chile-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is from the Foodbuzz 24×24 party I hosted way back in June.  My dinner party was called “Some Like It Hot” and featured chiles in every course from drinks to dessert.  I love, love, love sweet potatoes, so when I saw this recipe it was an immediate yes for the menu.

The chile flavor here was subtle.  If you’re a spice fan like me, you could definitely up the recipe to use two chipotles.  But if you’re looking for just a touch of heat, try the recipe as is.  It was definitely delicious, easy, and–all in all–pretty healthy.  A winner on all accounts, I’d say!

chipotle sweet potatoes

Chile-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Latin Cooking


2 lbs. orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

2 TBSP olive oil

1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1 TBSP dark brown sugar

1-2 chipotles chiles in adobo

1-2 TBSP orange juice

1/4 c. chopped cilantro

1/2 c. Mexican crema, low-fat sour cream, or Greek yogurt


1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 1/2 in. chunks.  In a bowl, combine the potatoes with the oil and salt.  Toss to coat well.  Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake, without turning, until tender-crisp, 35-40 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, puree the brown sugar, chipotles, and orange juice.

4.  Remove pan from the oven but leave the oven on.  Using a thin spatula, carefully loosen the potatoes from the pan.  Drizzle with chipotle puree.  Spread back out into a single layer, if necessary, and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.

5.  Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish, drizzle with crema, and garnish with cilantro.  Alternately, serve the crema on the side.  Serves six.

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  1. Pretend Chef
    August 29, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic side dish. Yummy!

  2. That Girl
    August 29, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    Your 24×24 is the gift that keeps on giving!

  3. Krystal
    August 30, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    A woman after my own hungry heart…I'm a lover of sweet potatoes! YUM! I had roasted sweet potatoes yesterday for dinner, too!!

  4. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 / 3:31 am

    Just made these with my Mom. Finally a chocolate chip cookie that doesn't go flat, looks great, tastes better.

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