Loaded Sweet Potatoes for Chilly Nights

loaded baked sweet potatoes

What are your smartest kitchen creations? Today, for our month of reader recipes, Katie from Mississippi shares her loaded sweet potatoes with chicken, beans and creamy lime sauce. “I made it up on the fly one night because I had sweet potatoes that were sprouting roots and needed to be used, haha,” she said. Here’s how to make it…

loaded baked sweet potatoes

Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Lime Sauce

Katie first commented about this recipe on a post about the magic of toaster ovens. “The sauce is definitely the star,” she says. “Don’t skip it! But I make it with Greek yogurt if I don’t have sour cream and it’s equally delicious.”

You’ll need:

4 sweet potatoes
1 onion, chopped
Chili powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1 lime
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
Shredded rotisserie chicken
1 can black beans

Preheat the oven to 400F. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and bake until tender, about 45 minutes. While the sweet potatoes are baking, chop and sauté an onion, sprinkled liberally with chili powder and cumin, and make the lime sauce, by whisking together the sour cream, juice and zest of one lime, garlic powder and salt.

Once the potatoes are baked, top with shredded rotisserie chicken, one can of drained and rinsed black beans, fresh corn, sautéed onion and lime sauce.

loaded baked sweet potatoes

Thank you so much, Katie! How delicious.

P.S. More recipes, including black bean hummus burritos and baked veggies with halloumi.

(Photos by Ali Stafford for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Franny Eremin for helping with this series.)

  1. Elle says...

    I made this for dinner the night it was posted and my entire family LOVED it. I’ve passed it on to many friends. Please keep such simple and delicious dinner ideas coming!

    Thanks COJ team!

  2. Kristin says...

    This looks so yummy! I’ve done something similar but never thought to add chicken- good idea for adding some protein.

    I also just thought of another version- there’s a sweet potato Buddha bowl recipe I love with roasted broccoli, kale, onions, spiced chickpeas and a maple tahini sauce.. it would be so yummy to do those toppings on a roasted sweet potato!

  3. Maggie says...

    Just made this dish for lunch – so good! Used frozen corn instead of fresh, and overloaded with onions a bit (was making it for just 2 people) but the end result was delicious! Forgot how satisfying and easy roasted sweet potatoes are.. thanks!

  4. I can’t wait to try this. Seems like a perfect recipe for my household since I’m vegetarian (this all sounds great without the chicken) and my boyfriend is a rotisserie chicken junkie.

  5. Sasha L says...

    My husband dubbed this *Sasha sauce* ?
    PB, soy sauce and sambal. So yummy on a baked sweet potato!!

    Can’t wait to try this lime sauce. I sometimes chop and roast the sweet potatoes to save time as well, just coat with plenty of olive oil and salt.

  6. Oh my gosh this looks heavenly! I’d never thought about spicing sautéed onions that way – I bet they’re delish.

  7. Michal says...

    Well now I know a) what’s for dinner tonight and b) how to get my kids to eat the “taco skillet” I made the other day. I gave them chips to scoop up the taco meat/bean/cheese and told them it was a fun dinner, like nachos. They wouldn’t eat it! But they will eat “taco potatoes,” so here we are. Taco sweet potatoes.

  8. Sherri says...

    Adding this to my list of easy dinners! This week we had baked sweet potatoes topped with rotisserie chicken, BBQ sauce, crumbled bacon, cheddar, and sour cream. A family crowd-pleaser!

  9. Kristi says...

    I roast a tray of sweet potatoes almost once a week, and have an easy meal ready to go in the fridge at any moment! Mine go 350 degrees for 40 mins. Then I turn off the oven and often forget they exist for a few hours. Results in some delicious easy low prep meals all week. I’ve never tried these flavours though – it’s all going on my grocery list for this evening :)

  10. mallory says...

    I eat a ton of sweet potatoes because they’re so healthy, easy and the kiddos love them! They’re definitely lovelier when roasted in the oven, but in a time pinch (read: every week night) I give them a few stabs with a knife, wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave! 8-10 min depending on how large they are and how many I’ve shoved into the microwave at once.

  11. Carla says...

    When I was a kid and was going to after school programs I would make pizza potatoes–baked potatoes topped with spaghetti sauce, cheese and any veggies we had on hand. They are still good as a adult.

  12. Claire says...

    This looks delicious and so easy! I love sweet potatoes with pork too. I’ve been meaning to try the slow-roasted method for cooking them, as recommended by Chef Michael Solomonov, but I am too impatient. Has anyone tried this, and if so does it make a difference? They bake at 275 for 2 1/2 hours. Here is the full recipe:

    • Bonnie says...

      A few years ago I read that Ina Garten emphasized how much better they are when baked, so I did that instead of boiling or quick nuking in the microwave for a Thanksgiving sweet potato dish and it DID make a notable difference in the depth of flavor and the caramelizing just inside the jacket.
      And my oven time is tight on Thanksgiving! But now I oven bake sweet potatoes, even just to serve under chili. I used her directions of 375, for an hour or until done.

    • Melissa says...

      I tried the slow roasted sweet potato recipe from Smitten Kitchen, and I did think it made a difference – creamier in texture than a regular baked sweet potato. Worth trying if you have the time!

  13. Anne says...

    This looks yummy!

    You can also microwave sweet potatoes in like 6 minutes, for an even speedier dinner

    • That salad looks scrumptious! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Annie says...

    Love a loaded sweet potato! We do: sweet italian sausage crumbled and sauteed with arugula, then top it all with goat cheese. So easy and satisfying!

    • Amy says...

      That sounds awesome, I’m all about putting arugula on EVERYTHING. I was just thinking that I would definitely top this recipe off with a handful of arugula :)

  15. Allie says...

    I eat a sweet potato for breakfast everyday- topped with almond butter, blueberries and shredded coconut. Sweet potatoes are a great sub for oatmeal and the toppings are endless!

    • Maryse says...

      I’m intrigued!

    • Meghan says...


    • C says...

      SOLD, Allie!

    • Meg says...

      This sounds awesome! Full of super foods!

      I love the loaded baked sweet potato recipe with black beans, too.

    • Maria says...

      Oh yeah. I used to make sweet potatoes with sliced bananas and walnuts, cinnamon and ground flax for breakfast. I’ll have to pick it up again!

  16. Lesley says...

    These potatoes look really good! I’m up for any food that is “loaded.”

  17. Lauren says...

    oh my gosh, my husband grew up eating “taco potato” and one night, about 2 years in to marriage, he asked if we could make it. huh? i had never heard of it…. now it’s a staple! and you can use almost any toppings.