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Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Lime Sauce

It’s been snowing for three days straight. And by snowing I mean really snowing. The only thing stopping me from buying a one-way ticket to Mexico is these spicy stuffed sweet potatoes and the fact that we start seeding in the greenhouse in less than two weeks. Eeeek!!!

Instead of fleeing to Mexico I am going to put on my winter boots and embrace the cold and snowy weather. Truth be told, we really need the moisture and I am happy that winter has finally arrived. I guess this just means more fires in the wood stove, spicy food, and plenty of red wine.  Oh yeah, these sweet potatoes also make sticking around here a lot more manageable too!

If it’s cold and snowy where you are don’t worry I’ve got your back. Put on your favorite pajamas, slip into some cozy socks, pour an extra tall glass of wine, and dig into these magical sweet potatoes. The avocado-lime sauce takes this meal over the top. I’ve made it before with these Sweet Potato and Quinoa Fritters and haven’t stopped dreaming about it since! Dig in.


Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Prep Time: 15 mins.    Cook Time: 45 mins.    Serves: 2

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (organic if possible and very similar in size)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans (if canned rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 cup minced cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to taste
  • Favorite hot sauce (optional)
For the Avocado-Lime Sauce
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small handful of cilantro, minced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. With an immersion blender or regular blender mix all the ingredients for the avocado-lime sauce together until smooth. Taste test and adjust seasonings if necessary. Add more liquid if it's too creamy.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prick sweet potatoes a few times with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until fully cooked through. 35-50 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.  Potatoes are done when easily pierced with a fork and soft in the middle.
  3. In a large bowl combine black beans, red onion, and cilantro. Season with a little salt and crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Once sweet potatoes are fully cooked slice down the middle and stuff with black bean mixture. Drizzle with plenty of avocado-lime sauce and season to taste with your favorite hot sauce.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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27 thoughts on “Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Lime Sauce

  1. That’s so exciting that you’re only 2 weeks out from starting the season again. Those little baby kale buds are too cute!

    This recipe looks simple and amazing, per usual. I need to get my hands on some of that avocado-lime sauce. If it’s making it’s way into your dreams then it must be something special!

    1. Andrea says:

      Girl, I think you will absolutely love the avocado-lime sauce! It’s a winner in our household!

  2. Ooh, how good does this look! I love stuffed sweet potato, and with avocado-lime sauce? Yum!!

    1. Andrea says:

      I hope you give this recipe a try!

  3. I’m trying to embrace the snow, but I just can’t! Sweet potatoes always help though 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Sweet potatoes pretty much cancel out the snow. This meal saved my life!!!

  4. Joanne says:

    These sweet potatoes are STUFFED with all the good things in life. Love these flavors together!

    1. Andrea says:

      These are my favorite flavor combinations too!

  5. francesca says:

    Looks amazing. I’m all about cilantro lime avo- anything!

    1. Andrea says:


  6. They look just wonderful!! My husband adores organic sweet potatoes and I know he would love this recipe. Thank you for sharing your wonderful food and talent!
    Peace & Raw Health,

  7. cheri says:

    I like anything with avocado, now add the sweet potato. Perfect!

    1. Andrea says:

      It really is a match made in heaven!

  8. Oh man, anything avocado and I am so there. This looks fantastic!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you!

  9. Monet says:

    I can’t believe how cold it’s been everywhere. Enough with snow! I want Spring! But like you, I’m going to make the best of it…and these sweet potatoes would be sure-fire way to warm me up after a day outdoors! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for checking out the recipe Monet! I hope the sun start shining and warming you up soon!

  10. Julia says:

    We got some snow over the past couple of days, wahooo! Hoping we can keep it coming over here on the west side to make up for this dry-ass winter we’ve been having. LOVE these spicaaaay sweet taters! I must get my hands on this avocado lime sauce!

  11. You are totally on my wavelength. I made some black bean stuffed sweet potatoes just the other night! But they were decidedly missing this avocado-lime sauce, which looks ah-mazing. It is none too snowy here right now, but I think I can find an excuse to make these anyway!

  12. E says:

    Nutritional information available?

  13. Letty Flatt says:

    I in Mexico and watching the storms up there. Rock slide on I-84 near Hood River!
    All of these ingredients are easily available and I just Pinned your recipe. I’ll be making these this week!

  14. Lisa says:

    Just made these tonight – bright flavors breaking me out of a cooking rut. Filling and oh-so-good for you. Thanks!

  15. Sarah says:

    Omg, I love this. Thanks for sharing. I figured I’d like it since it has all my favorite things but love is the only suitable description for this dish. The avocado sauce rocked. Can’t wait to share w/ my vegan friend 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Im so happy you enjoyed this as much as we did! Thanks for the lovely comment!!

  16. Rob says:

    So good and simple. Thanks!

  17. Umbe says:

    First Recipe i tried from “dishing up the dirt” and i was so happy that i made it for my girlfriend the following night…. i did add some salad leaves to the red onion/cilantro mix… 780g sweet potato too much?…………. i didn’t think so 😀

  18. Lesley says:

    I’m from the UK and your recipes are just what i’ve been looking for. Thank you.

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