Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes blends dulce de leche and chipotles in adobo into roasted sweet potatoes sweetly spicing up this holiday favorite.
This post was sponsored by Nestlé® La Lechera®, but all thoughts, opinions, and content, including recipe, are my own.
There’s no getting around or denying it, the holidays are coming, and for many, already upon us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love the holidays. Each year they seem to start a bit earlier. This could also be my perspective as food blogger. I start thinking about them in July or August.
As a kid, I did not like sweet potatoes. The charred marshmallows on top were delectable enough, but those orange fleshy things underneath were less desirable. As these things tend to happen, my palate matured and I came to love sweet potatoes. Ironically, I came to detest the marshmallows on top, although the blackened bits are still delicious.
When partnering with La Lechera, I instantly knew what I wanted to do. Sweet and savory: Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are an old holiday favorite. I’ve had them and made them many different ways. Roasted, diced, cubed, sliced, mashed, and whipped. I am an equal opportunity sweet potato maker and eater. This time, I wanted to give them a modern or dare I even say, a trendy make-over. Enter the chipotle.
What is Dulce de Leche?
For those not familiar with dulce de leche, let your mind think of caramel. Caramel is often a blending of milk and water, whereas dulce de leche only uses milk, hence the leche portion, which means milk in Spanish.
How to make Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I roasted the sweet potatoes for two reasons. The first is because I feel their flavor and sweetness is enhanced with roasting. Second, because I’m lazy.
Peeling and then cutting through these often thick bad boys is a pain in the tush. Once roasted, the skins come right off with just the slightest pull and mashing or whipping them is simple.
I like simple, therefore my laziness wins this round.Once I peeled the slightly cooled roasted sweet potatoes, I whisked the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan and then whipped them into the tubers.
You taste the sweetness of both the dulce de leche and sweet potatoes first, then the heat arrives on the back end. Perfect combination of sweet and savory, or spicy.
If candied sweet potatoes are destined to make an appearance on your holiday table, switch them up with these Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes, still all the sweetness you love, just with a kick.
Easy Sweet Potato Recipes
While sweet potatoes surge in popularity during the holidays, they can and should be enjoyed all year long. Here are
- Sweet Potato Pastrami Hash
- Bacon & Bleu Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Magical Slow Cooker
- Balsamic-Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans
- Pork and Sweet Potato Chili
- Skillet Sweet Potato Hash from Dutch Oven Daddy
- Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
- Chorizo and Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Chipotle Lime Crema
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon from The Magical Slow Cooker
Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes cleaned and pierced
- ¼ cup NESTLÉ® La Lechera® Dulce de Leche
- 1 chipotle minced
- 1 tbsp adobo (from the canned chipotle)
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅛ cup crema (or sour cream thinned with milk)
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp cumin
- Optional garnish: parsley or cilantro
Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
Clean the sweet potatoes then pierce with a fork or a knife 3-4 times (more if they are huge)
Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Roast for 45-65 minutes. A fork or a knife should easily slide through the potato. They will also begin to ooze.
Remove from oven and allow to cool to touch.
While the sweet potatoes are cooling, over medium heat in a heavy bottom saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients until combined and nearly hot.
Peel the sweet potatoes and place the flesh in a large mixing bowl, mash with a fork.
Using a hand or stand mixer, whip on medium and slowly incorporate the sauce, reserving a tablespoon.
Once fully whipped, transfer the Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes to a serving bowl and drizzle the remaining sauce atop.
If using, sprinkle the optional garnish, serve and enjoy.
Try to use sweet potatoes of equal size for ease in roasting.
This post has been updated from its original October 8, 2016 publishing with new content, clarified recipe directions, and re-edited photography.
This post was originally sponsored by Nestlé® La Lechera®, but all thoughts, opinions, and content, including recipe, are my own.