Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet and smokey, these chipotle mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect way to mix up your weeknight dinner or Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday meal. #sweetpotatoes #holidayrecipes #vegetarian #migrainediet

Holiday sweet potatoes are typically covered with lots of brown sugar, marshmallows, and nuts – not exactly the healthiest or most Migraine-friendly option. This season, I encourage you to spice up (literally) your traditional sweet potato recipe with this fun alternative. If you love a sweet and smoky flavor profile, these gluten and nut-free chipotle mashed sweet potatoes are perfect for you! I even include a vegan option to please everyone at the table.

whipped sweet potatoes in an white gratin dish next to small pumpkins

I love smoked paprika on my roasted sweet potatoes, so when Ina came out with this recipe for Chipotle Sweet Potatoes in Cooking for Jeffery I knew I had to try them. Most Ina recipes are such a hit for me, but I found these to be a little heavy. All that butter and cream seemed to weigh down the smokey chipotle flavor…and you all know I’m a huge fan of butter and cream! The other downside was canned chipotles in adobo sauce usually contain hidden MSG and other potential triggers, like onions. Some of them even have added corn syrup, which is just not necessary.

A Healthy Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Setting out to create my own recipe, I realized that you don’t need a ton of butter and cream to make these creamy. Using a food processor allows you to whip these up really nicely, using broth instead of dairy.

Adding chipotle powder allows you to get that same flavor of the chipotle peppers, without the added flavorings. Plus you don’t end up with 5 peppers you have no idea what to do with later! Try using this powder to spice up your chili on these cold, fall evenings.

mashed yams in a white dish on top of a towel, with spoons and small pumpkins beside it

What to Serve with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Obviously these are a great twist on a classic for Thanksgiving. These chipotle sweet potatoes also pair wonderfully with a grilled steak or chicken for a simple, fall weeknight dinner. Roasted chicken would also be a wonderful main dish to serve with these sweet potatoes.

This recipe can be made ahead and reheated when ready to serve. I prefer to do this by covering with tin foil and placing in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes to warm through.

Can I Make This Vegan or Dairy-Free?

Yes! Although I love butter, if you cannot tolerate it I recommend ghee (if that works for you), or coconut oil in the same amount.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Allergy Friendly Pumpkin Pie Bites
Ricotta & Butternut Squash Toasts
Easy Pumpkin Sage Pasta
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cranberry Pomegranate Muffins
Stuffing Balls

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potato recipe updated as of September 28, 2019 to include a vegetarian/vegan option. 

5 from 1 vote
Sweet and smokey, these chipotle mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect way to mix up your weeknight dinner or Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday meal. #sweetpotatoes #holidayrecipes #vegetarian #migrainediet
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Smokey, a little spicy, and a hint of sweetness, chipotle mashed sweet potatoes are such a wonderful and unique way to spice up your holiday table with a gluten and nut-free option that everyone will love.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 63 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook inspired by Ina Garten
  • 2-3 large peeled sweet potatoes, about 4-5 cups rough chopped in 1 inch cubes * Use 3 if on the smaller side
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground chipotle powder * Use 1/2 if you like things a little spicy
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp good, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • kosher salt to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add peeled & chopped potatoes. Boil for about 20 minutes until potatoes are soft. Drain the potatoes.

  2. In a food processor, combine spices, syrup, butter, and stock. Blend till combined. Then add the drained sweet potatoes while still hot. Puree for about 1 minute until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. Add more broth to thin out if needed. Serve immediately or place in a casserole dish and reheat at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes if serving later. 

Recipe Notes
  • If making this recipe migraine-friendly, consider using this stock recipe, or making you own vegetable broth. 
  • For a vegan option, use vegan butter or coconut oil to substitute. 



Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.


  1. Casey

    5 stars
    A delicious, different flavor for sweet potatoes


  2. Jillian

    These sounds amazing, excited to try!!


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