These Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodles have a comforting Southwest flavor, featuring smoky chipotle peppers and protein-rich black beans. I love how quickly this skillet meal comes together for a healthy and comforting meal.
How to Make Sweet Potato Noodles
Sweet potato noodles are quick & easy to make with the help of a spiralizer, but if you don’t have one you can use a simple veggie peeler instead! (The process will just take a little longer.)
I find it easiest to use a spiralizer that suctions to your countertop (like the Inspiralizer) because sweet potatoes can have a tough texture to work with, similar to winter squash. In fact, if you’d rather use butternut squash for the “noodles” in this recipe, you can do that, too!
This recipe comes from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, which is filled with beautiful recipes and photography. I’ve been a fan of Teighan’s work for years, and I love having her book in my kitchen. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly recommend it, too!
This book is filled with a mix of gorgeous recipes, with some lighter options along with some decadent comfort foods. It’s not necessarily a “detox-friendly” cookbook, but I’m totally inspired by Teighan’s flavor combinations, so I love having this one in my kitchen. It’s a beautiful coffee table book, filled with recipes like Salted Brioche Cinnamon Rolls and No-Guilt Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo (which uses hummus for creaminess).
Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Noodles
You can save yourself some time by making the sweet potato noodles ahead of time. Feel free to spiralize and store them in the fridge up to a day in advance, or freeze them for up to 3 months. (They are softer when they thaw from the freezer, so they will soften quickly in that case.)
Since this is an easy skillet meal, you are in total control of the flavor. I think this dish packs a spicy kick as written, so if you need something a little more mild, feel free to omit the jalapenos or cut back on the chipotle peppers, as needed. You can always add more to taste, too!
Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodles with Black Beans
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 medium sweet potatoes , spiralized
- 3 cups corn kernels (I used frozen)
- 1 red bell pepper , chopped
- 1 jalapeno , seeded if desired, and chopped
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo , chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt and pepper
- 1 (14 ounce) can black beans , drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 limes , juiced (plus lime wedges for serving)
- 3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 avocado , pitted, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese
Sweet Potato Noodles
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium. When it shimmers, add the sweet potatoes. Give everything a good toss and cook, stirring often, until the noodles have softened but are not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir the corn, bell pepper, and jalapeno and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until soft. Add the jalapeno and garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute more, until fragrant.
- Add the chipotles, honey, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Stir in the black beans, cilantro and lime juice, then remove the skillet from the heat.
Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
- Meanwhile, in a separate small skillet, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the pumpkin seeds, and the paprika. Toss to coat the seeds. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the seeds are lightly golden and toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt.
- Divide the sweet potato noodles among three bowls and top each with some avocado, spiced pumpkin seeds, feta, and lime wedges. Serve warm.
Per serving: Calories: 547, Fat: 20g, Carbohyrdates: 90g, Fiber: 13g, Protein: 8g
Reprinted with permission from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, by Teighan Gerard.
- This recipe is vegan if you omit the cheese as a topping and swap maple syrup for the honey as a sweetener.
- For a properly combined starch meal, skip the cheese and sunflower seeds when serving.
- As always, if you make any modifications to this recipe, please leave a comment below to let us know what worked for you. We can all benefit from your experience!
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