25 Easy Dinners That Start with Sweet Potatoes

updated Jan 14, 2021
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Sweet potatoes are one of the best, long-lasting foods you can buy right now. Stored correctly, they can last months in your kitchen and are also super-versatile. This traditional side dish is, in our opinion, best thought of as a dinnertime staple. Sweet potatoes can be quickly roasted or boiled, or you can batch-bake them over the weekend to simply be reheated throughout the week.

The hearty root vegetable holds so many possibilities, it deserves to be much more than just a side dish. It’s time to make sweet potatoes the star of the dinner table. They can be stuffed, layered into casseroles, blended into soups, and so much more. Need a little inspiration? Here are 25 dinner of our favorite sweet potato dinner recipes.

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Sweet Potato Fajitas
Roasted sweet potatoes are a meaty substitute for the usual chicken or steak in these colorful fajitas. Everything cooks together on one sheet pan to make both prep and cleanup extra easy.
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Sweet Potato Smash
Twice baked and tossed in miso brown butter, this dish, from Chef Camilla Marcus of NYC's west~bourne, is an elevated take on a stuffed sweet potato.
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
Sweet potatoes are by far one of our favorite ingredients to add to a pot of chili. And while you can simply add some to your go-to recipe, this version is perfectly suited to the earthy sweetness of the sweet potato.
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5-Ingredient Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup
Browned sausage, tender sweet potatoes, just-wilted kale, and Italian herbs infuse store-bought broth in this hearty Whole30 soup.
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Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip
Hearty enough to be a vegetarian main course, these popular chickpea patties are a great meal to always keep ingredients on hand for. They solve most dinner conundrums and please all of the preferences at the table.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder
Instead of leaning on cream, this chowder relies on lots of sweet potatoes to give it a velvety texture.
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Roasted Cauliflower Bowl with Lentils & Sweet Potato Hummus
Every single component of this vegetarian bowl can be made ahead of time and tossed together in a flash for a wholesome, delicious meal.
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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Why settle for disappointing store-bought veggie burgers when this sweet potato version is so easy to make? We recommend making a double batch so you can freeze the extras and have an easy meal whenever you want.
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Sweet Potato Soup with Miso and Ginger
You might be more accustomed to seeing butternut squash made into a soup, but once you try this sweet potato version, we're betting you'll put the butternut squash on the back burner. With a hit of umami from the miso and a bit of spice from the ginger, this is the perfect creamy soup to make right now.
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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are topped with hot sauce-poached chicken breast and ranch dressing in this easy, 5-ingredient Whole30 dinner.
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Sweet Potato, Ricotta & Arugula Flatbread
This simple recipe is totally suitable as main course and, if you don't have any on hand, you can skip the thyme or substitute another herb.
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Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
You only need a handful of pantry-friendly ingredients to make this hearty vegan soup.
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Creamy Tortellini with Sweet Potato and Spinach
The sweet potato doesn't always have to be the star of the show — take this recipe, for example. When combined with cheese tortellini and a healthy dose of wilted spinach (or your other favorite hearty greens), the sweet potato is totally a team player.
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Smoky Sweet Potato & Black Bean Casserole
Fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, and smoked paprika join forces to create one seriously umami-rich casserole that's completely vegetarian.
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Sweet Potato Curry
This quick Thai red curry is filled with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and baby spinach and made creamy with coconut milk.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
This quick and easy recipe for soft tacos filled with black beans and sweet potatoes can be made vegan without the cheese.
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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Beans and Greens
White beans and kale are a classic dinner combination, and they are the perfect topping for a baked sweet potato. Finish things off with a healthy drizzle of olive oil.
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls with Crispy Chickpeas and Chopped Pesto
These satisfying plant-based quinoa bowls are packed with roasted sweet potato, kale, and crispy chickpeas.
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Sweet Potato Hash with Caramelized Onions, Sausage & Eggs
This is one of those breakfast-for-dinner situations, but unlike with pancakes, your stomach won't be growling as you crawl into bed. The combination of sweet potatoes, onions, and rosemary is the perfect sweet-savory balance, and adding chorizo and eggs just tips the scales into delicious.
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Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
These weeknight-friendly sweet potatoes are stuffed with chipotle black beans, avocado, cilantro, and chipotle yogurt. They’re extra wholesome — full of feel-good ingredients that satisfy but won’t weigh you down.
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Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese
This hearty skillet filled with colorful veggies comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking store-bought gnocchi.
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Coconut & Rainbow Chard Baked Sweet Potato
Like with traditional baked potatoes, the topping combinations for baked sweet potatoes are seemingly endless. We have a soft spot for this version that gets a nutritional boost from the rainbow chard and pomegranate arils, and a sweetness from the coconut flakes.
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Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato & Kale Whole Wheat Pockets
This veggie-filled pocket is a no-brainer. Make a double batch to keep in your freezer and you’ll be set for next week’s surprises.
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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Soup
This comforting winter soup cooks in less than 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, but tastes like it's been simmering away all day on the stovetop.
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Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Salad
This warm, entree-friendly salad is filled with roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and shallots and tossed in a tangy balsamic mustard vinaigrette.
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