Smoky Mac-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Woo hoo! I’m super stoked on the great reception that “Born to Mac MoFo” has gotten. It has me excited to share these awesome Mac recipes with you, even if I might be scared that they won’t live up to your expectations. But hey, I feel as though I set a high standard for my recipes, and that means that I’m only sharing the best of the best with you!

So, one of the teaser photos that I posted in my introduction to Vegan MoFo was this terrific Smoky Mac and Cheese-stuffed Sweet Potato. To put it simply, it’s like a loaded baked potato but taken to a whole ‘nother crazy level; but, crazy in the best way possible.

In reality, you could use a Russet potato or Yukon, but the natural sweetness of the sweet potato goes perfectly with the chipotle flakes and smoky cheese sauce. Just talking about it is making my mouth water!

This is a fun dish, filled with some healthy ingredients like kale, corn and pumpkin. Talk about overdosing on Vitamin A! Feed this to your friends and family for a new twist on your standard baked potato.

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Smoky Mac Stuffed Sweet Potato
Recipe type: Dinner, Entree
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Serves: 4
This recipe takes your loaded baked potato to a whole other level. Smoky Mac-stuffed Sweet Potatoes are delicious AND fun!
  • 4- ½ lb. Sweet Potatoes, Washed/Scrubbed
  • 1½ C. Dried Pasta
  • 1 C. Baked Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • ½ C. Vegetable Broth
  • ⅓ C. Raw Cashews, soaked for 1-2 hours or for 20 minutes in boiling water
  • 3 T. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • ½ T. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • ½ tsp. Chipotle Flakes
  • ½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric (for color)
  • 1 C. Packed Kale, Chopped with Stems Removed
  • ¾ C. Tomato, Diced
  • ⅓ C. Yellow Corn Kernels
  • ¼ C. Green Onion, Diced (plus more for garnish, which is optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Wrap each sweet potato, separately, in foil and bake for 35-45 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, start cooking the pasta by following the directions as the package describes (cooking times are different on most).
  3. Take the pumpkin, cashews, veggie broth, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, chipotle flakes, paprika, liquid smoke, sea salt and turmeric in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
  4. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse with cold water. Place the pot back on the stove, over low-medium heat.
  5. Pour the cheese sauce into the pot, and add the kale, tomato, corn and green onion, as well.
  6. Stir it all together and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the kale is wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  7. Next, lower the heat and cover the pot until the sweet potatoes are done, if they aren't already.
  8. Once the potatoes are done take them out of the oven and wait 5-10 minutes for them to cool, then unwrap, slice down the center to split and, if you have it, sprinkle a pinch of smoked salt over the potatoes.
  9. Now, dump some freakin' mac and cheese in the middle of that thing and go to town!

I have to add, that if you have some coconut bacon on hand, USE IT FOR THIS! I definitely wish that I hadn’t eaten all of mine months ago. This must mean that it’s time to restock. 😀

63 Comments on “Smoky Mac-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Sweet potatoes and chipotle are a winning combination. And this recipe is doing all kinds of winning beyond that. Can’t wait to try and make it (but mostly taste it)!

  2. I love potatoes stuffed with all kinds of goodness. pile it high and deep, if I can take a line from Bob Wiley.

    and this smoky flavored mac and cheese?!?! not only does that just sound SO DOPE, but pairing with a sweet potato? epic flavortown.

  3. This looks amazing. I can’t wait to see your other mac and cheese recipes. Happy MoFo!

  4. Holy shit, that’s insane. The ingredient list looks like so much work, but I guess it really isn’t. And when the results are so…just so, yeah.

    • I thinks it’s just the dried spices that make the list long, but like you said, it’s fairly simple!

  5. So loving your theme and so loving this Sweet potato dinner. I have plain ones pretty regularly for my meal if hubby isn’t home or for lunch. But this thing is outrageous 😉 What an awesome flavor combo. Can’t wait for more Mac MoFo!!

  6. I was so excited to see this picture in your intro and the recipe does not disappoint. Smoky, Sweet, Salty and Creamy are all good things in my book, and this has them all! V.excited to try this one.

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  10. Hey! Just wondering do you pake your own pumpkin puree or is their store bought? You say not pumpkin pie mix, but does that refer to the pureed pumpkin in a can?

    • That’s fantastic, Kelsey! I’m so glad that you and your BF enjoyed it! 😀

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    • That’s fantastic, Frank! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! 😀

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  16. I am making this tonight! Have you thought about using frozen organic corn to avoid GMOs? Your photos are gorgeous.

  17. This was a huge hit at my office potluck. I made this as a a traditional macaroni and cheese casserole and omitted the kale tomatoes and corn as not to scare the straights. By adding a tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar it gives the cheese sauce the same tang as a mild cheddar cheese. This is a great recipe for a group or kids. Thank you for sharing Jackie.

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  23. I’ve made this twice now and both times the potatoes have taken double the prescribed time to cook. Any ideas on making it faster or why that may be?

    • There are a couple of reasons why this may happen, the first being that the wider the potato, the longer it is going to take to cook. Longer, skinnier potatoes will cook fast because they are not as dense. Do you know if your oven is accurate? It could be running lower than it says (just throwing it out there! 🙂 ). Another is if they are the whiter sweet potatoes, as opposed to the yam sweet potatoes, they will take longer to bake through. It really shouldn’t take longer than an hour to cook them, though, unless they are massive!

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