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Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Flavored with smoky, spicy chipotle peppers and sharp Cheddar, these mashed sweet potatoes make a wonderful holiday dish.

mashed sweet potatoes

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving — and that you’re ready to start eating again because I have a fabulous new side dish to share with you. These mashed sweet potatoes were the HIT of our Thanksgiving feast. They’re not “sweet” like most sweet potato dishes made with copious amounts of brown sugar, maple syrup, or marshmallows. Instead, they’re flavored with smoky, spicy chipotle peppers and sharp cheddar cheese, making them truly savory.

I served them with a Rolled Turkey Breast with Sausage & Herb Stuffing for the holiday, but they’d also pair beautifully with Peruvian Chicken or Slow-Baked BBQ Short Ribs.

What you’ll need to make Chipotle Cheddar sweet potatoes


How to make Chipotle Cheddar sweet potatoes

Begin by baking the potatoes until tender.


Then melt the butter in a medium saucepan.


Add the half & half, chipotle peppers, chipotle sauce, and salt and bring to a simmer.


Off the heat, add the peeled sweet potatoes and cheddar.


Using a potato masher, a fork, or an electric mixer on low speed, mash the potatoes until coarsely puréed.


Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Enjoy!


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Mashed Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potatoes

Flavored with smoky, spicy chipotle peppers and sharp Cheddar, these mashed sweet potatoes make a wonderful holiday dish.

Servings: 6


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, with seeds
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz (1 cup) grated cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Prick each potato several times with a fork and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake the potatoes until tender, 60 to 75 minutes; turn the potatoes over halfway through baking. Let cool slightly, then peel the potatoes and discard the skins.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the half & half, chipotle peppers, chipotle sauce, and salt and bring to a simmer. Off the heat, add the sweet potatoes and cheddar. Using a potato masher, a fork, or an electric mixer on low speed, mash the potatoes until coarsely puréed. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve warm.
  3. Make Ahead: This dish can be made entirely ahead of time and reheated on the stovetop before serving. Add a little milk or half & half when reheating to thin the potatoes out if necessary. You may also bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to proceed with the recipe.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 427
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Sodium: 874 mg
  • Cholesterol: 65 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • I would like to make these potatoes the night before and then heat them in a 9X13 pan in the oven at 350 degrees with my other side dishes for Thanksgiving. Is that a terrible idea? Would you cover them? How long would you expect it to take?

    • — Tammy on November 23, 2021
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    • Hi Tammy, are you able to reheat them on the stove? If so, so the bottom of the recipe for instructions.

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2021
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  • I love all of your recipes and have had great success with them. I’m planning on making a Spicy Blackberry Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Salsa (from the Fresh Market site) and thought this recipe might go well with it but my daughter says white potatoes. What do you think? By the way I’ll be making your Apple Manchego salad as well! Hmmm, which one of your desserts shall I prepare???

    • — Jenn Latessa on March 4, 2021
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    • Hi Jenn, I think I’d go with your daughter’s suggestion. It sounds like the main dish will have some sweet flavors so I think white potatoes may be a better match. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2021
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  • I’m in charge of the sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I decided to make smaller servings of a few different kinds. They are very simple to make especially when you are prepping other sweet potato dishes and don’t let the peppers deter you from making them. They had a nice kick but even my 2 year old ate them because I wouldn’t say they were spicy.

    • — Kristen B. on February 2, 2021
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  • My family loves these sweet potatoes. I was looking through your recipe “sides” to find something I hadn’t tried before, and I had an open can of chipoltle chilis in the fridge and just the right amount of sweet potatoes, so it seemed made to be. The smoky heat of the peppers with the sweet taste of the potatoes is the perfect combination! I love all your recipes, and I will definitely make this again and again.

    • — Susan Bracy on January 28, 2021
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  • These are amazing! My husband who is not a fan of sweet potatoes is asking me to make these again.

    • — Tamara A Wilson on January 28, 2021
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