Mouth-Healthy Recipe: Southwestern Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are sweet for your smile! High in vitamins A & C, they help maintain good gum health.

This simple southwestern sweet potato recipe turns sweet potatoes into a quick, tasty meal. They’re spiced just right to give them a savory kick. And if you like spice, you’re in luck. Spicy foods, like chili peppers, are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Specifically, chilis contain Vitamin A, which protects your bones and teeth. 

And sweet potatoes are also full of flavor and nutrients, including many that are great for your smile. The high amounts of vitamins A and C found in sweet potatoes are particularly helpful in maintaining good gum health.


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 ounces black beans, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • Toppings of your choice

Directions for Southwestern Sweet Potatoes:

1. Wet some paper towels and place on a plate large enough to hold sweet potatoes.

2. Pierce potatoes with a fork and place on wet paper towels. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.

3. While potatoes cook, heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic for 3 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, garlic and black pepper together.

5. Toss chicken with half the spice mixture in a small bowl. 

6. Combine chicken and half of spices in a small bowl.

7. Add chicken to skillet and cook until done. Reduce heat to medium.

8. Add beans, enchilada sauce and remaining spice mixture to skillet. Cook until mixture is heated through, about 3 minutes.

9. Split potatoes lengthwise and fluff with a fork. Divide the mixture evenly over the potatoes. Top each potato with cheese, red onion and jalapeños.

10. Add your favorite toppings such as sour cream or guacamole to your potato.

11. Enjoy! 

For another way to enjoy sweet potatoes check out our YouTube recipe for sweet potato chips! 

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