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Vegan Southwest Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Vegan Southwest Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

A few fresh ingredients, spices, and a baked sweet potato are all you need to prepare a satisfyingly simple, luxurious vegan meal. This vegan Southwest baked sweet potato recipe is stuffed with plant-based Beyond Meat® and topped with a zesty cilantro crema and fresh avocado.

Yam or Sweet Potato... What’s the Difference?

 

Sweet potatoes are not the same as yams. True yams are native to Asia and Africa and have light or dark tree-bark textured skin with off-white, yellow, or purple flesh and rounded ends; they are drier and starchier than sweet potatoes, requiring a longer cooking time.

The term “yam” is used interchangeably in the US to label different varieties of sweet potatoes and traditional yams. 

You will likely find orange, white, and even purple sweet potatoes at your local farmers market or grocery store. Each varietal has its own unique texture and level of sweetness, but here is a simplified breakdown based on color: 

  • Orange or red colored sweet potatoes have a yellow-tan or orange-red smooth exterior and vibrant orange/red interior. These varieties are typically sweet and moist, great for any recipe. 
  • White/cream colored sweet potatoes have a tan exterior and white to yellowish flesh. These are less-sweet than their orange counterpart and have a starchier texture with mild flavor. 
  • Purple sweet potatoes get their purple color from the phytochemical anthocyanin, present in other red, blue and purple ingredients such as blueberries, grapes, and red cabbage. Purple potatoes are dense and require a longer amount of cooking time to draw out subtle sweet flavors. These are great for frying or roasting. 

Baked sweet potatoes are a fantastic base to mix and match a variety of toppings onto; from BBQ stuffed or Mediterranean inspired, incorporating a stuffed sweet potato into your weekly meal is easy and flavorful.

How to prepare Vegan Southwest Baked Sweet Potato

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 30 minutes 

Servings: 4 loaded sweet potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or coconut oil 
  • 4 Trifecta A la Carte Beyond Meat® burgers, crumbled or 1 (16 oz) package Beyond Meat burgers®
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen, 
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil 
  • 1 bell pepper, small diced 
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced  
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 teaspoon paprika 
  • 2 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock or water 
  • 1 lime, juiced 
  • 1 avocado 
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced or ½ cup pico de gallo 
Cilantro Crema 
  • 1 cup cilantro 
  • ½ cup plant-based yogurt 
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 
  • Pinch chili powder 

Tools 

  • Sheet tray and foil 
  • Oven 
  • Medium saute pan 
  • Spatula 
  • Knife and cutting board 

Step 1: Bake Sweet Potatoes

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Here are two ways to roast your sweet potatoes depending on how much time you have. Each will require you to preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit: 

  • Classic baking the whole potato: prick the exterior with a fork all over the sweet potato, rub with coconut oil (utilize coconut oil for extra flavor), and then wrap the potato in foil and bake whole for 40-50 minutes. 
  • Quick and easy: Cut your sweet potatoes in half and rub with oil, place sweet potatoes cut side down on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. 

While your potatoes are baking, continue onto step 2 and 3. 

Once they are tender, carefully remove them from the oven, set aside to rest while you prepare the filling and cilantro crema. 

Take your baked sweet potatoes to the next level by rubbing them with spices or herbs, like in this paleo chicken stuffed sweet potato recipe. Sub the chicken for vegan friendly jackfruit!  

Step 2: Prepare the Cilantro Crema

In a food processor or blender, add the cilantro, vegan yogurt, lime juice, and chili powder. Blend until smooth. 

Step 3: Prepare Your Southwest Filling 

Heat a large sauté, pan over medium-high heat and add oil. Add sliced onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly until they are fragrant and begin to brown. Be sure to stir often to prevent burning and reduce the heat if needed; you are in control! 

Sauté refers to cooking over high heat to brown or caramelize the ingredients, developing a deeper flavor. 

Continue to cook over medium-high heat and crumble Beyond Meat or 4 Trifecta a La Carte Beyond Meat burgers into the skillet and cook for 4-5 more minutes. 

Add corn, bell pepper and spices, continuing to stir for 2 more minutes, then finish by adding lime juice and stock or water. Cook for 1 more minute, then remove from heat. 

Step 4: Load up Your Sweet Potato 

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Now that you have your mise en place (ingredients) together it’s time to build your vegan stuffed sweet potato!

For one serving, simply slice a whole roasted potato down the center or place two baked halves on a plate, then top with ½ cup - ¾ cup Southwest Beyond Meat filling, sliced green onions, ¼ cubed avocado, and 3 tablespoons of cilantro crema. 

Meal Prep Magic 

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If you are preparing this recipe as a part of your weekly meal preparation, be sure to prepare and cool each component separately in the fridge before building the finished stuffed sweet potato: sweet potato, Beyond Meat filling, cream, and toppings. 

The filling for this recipe is a simplified version of this vegan taco recipe filling, spiced with a homemade bomb taco seasoning. 

Try a Mediterranean twist by using this vegan Mediterranean breakfast hash recipe as a filling! 


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Vegan Southwest Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

COOK TIME:

30 min

PREP TIME:

10 min

YIELD:

4

DESCRIPTION

A few fresh ingredients, spices, and a baked sweet potato are all you need to prepare a satisfyingly simple luxurious vegan meal. 

INGREDIENTS

    Base and Filling

  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 16 oz Beyond Meat® or 4 Trifecta A la Carte Beyond Meat burgers
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 bell pepper, small diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock or water
  • Cilantro Crema

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup plant-based yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • pinch of chili powder
  • Toppings

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 avocado, quartered and cubed
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To bake your potato in less time, cut your sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and rub with oil (utilize coconut oil for extra flavor), place sweet potatoes cut side down on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. Move onto the next steps while your sweet potatoes are baking in the oven.

  2. In a food processor or blender, add the cilantro, vegan yogurt, lime juice, and chili powder. Blend until smooth, then place crema into a separate container and store in the fridge until needed.

  3. To prepare your filling, heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add 1 teaspoon oil, then add the garlic and onion. Saute the garlic and onion for 4 minutes until they are fragrant and begin to brown.

  4. Crumble the Beyond Meat or Trifecta A la Carte Beyond Meat burger patties into the saute pan and cook for 5 minutes, mixing with the onion and garlic

  5. Add the corn, bell pepper, and spices, continuing to cook over medium-high heat for 2 more minutes then finish by adding lime juice and stock or water. Cook for an additional minute then remove from heat.

  6. Build your sweet potato by layering the filling into the baked potato, then topping with sliced green onion, avocado, and the cilantro crema.

NOTES

  • Use a baked sweet potato as a base for a variety of fillings.
  • For meal prep, cook and cool each component for the stuffed sweet potato separately to ensure proper food safety protocol.

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 1 | Calories Per Serving: 470

  • Total Fat 7g
    36%
  • Cholesterol 0mg
    0%
  • Sodium 470mg
    20%
  • Total Carbohydrates 32g
    12%
  • Sugars 6g
    0%
  • Protein 26g
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C