fiesta sweet potato nachos
I challenge you to have a bad day while eating nachos- It’s impossible.
Last week at work we commenced ‘Staff Foodie Fridays’ which meant we take turns cooking up a hearty meal for our co-workers in crime. The Mexican goddesses were looking out for me and we enjoyed hard shell taco’s stuffed with sweet potato, sauteed kale, vegan sour cream and avocado.
Needless to say the whole team was dancing in their aprons, salsa beats on full blast.
Now try not to dance in your chair as you nibble, dip and share (that’s optional) this party-sized sweet potato nacho platter with a Mexican kick.
No matter the vessel, Mexican food simply has the ability to put people into the party mood. Blame it on the avocados. Creamy and buttery, the perfect antidote to a spicy salsa and salty chip (or sweet potato in this case).
This meal is dedicated to all of those times someone told you nachos weren’t dinner. And heck, all of those times someone told you fries were unhealthy.
Nourishing foods will always be my M.O but don’t think I have forgotten about my junk-food roots. A strong desire for artfully-layered and strategically sprinkled cheesy nachos lives on.
Meet the healthy nachos you will bring to the football game and surprise all of your friends who ‘think you went soft’.
In the name of cheeze, I have used Daiya pepperjack for this recipe, but you can use any form of creamy topping your heart desires. I have been known to dollop hummus as a suitable cheese stand-in.
nutritional highlights of fiesta sweet potato nachos
- Sweet Potatoes are brimming with vitamin C and A which keep your immune system strong and skin glowing. A good source of iron for those on a plant-based diet, promoting energy and adequate blood cell production. Sweet potatoes are lower in glycemic index than regular ol’ white potatoes meaning they are less disruptive to your blood sugar levels, assisting with weight loss, moods and more!
- Black beans are a great source of protein, bursting with antioxidants and are a wonderful food choice for someone looking to lower their cholesterol through hearty soluble fiber.
fiesta sweet potato nachos
- 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced into wedges or french fries
- 1 t coconut oil
- 1 t chili powder
- pinch pink himalayan salt
- vegan sour cream or hummus
- dairy free pepper jack cheese (I used Daiya)
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 large avocado, mashed
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 3 green onions, minced
- hot sauce to drizzle
- Preheat your oven to 425 and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. Lay out sweet potatoes and sprinkle with chili powder, salt and melted coconut oil. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping over as needed for even browning.
- Sprinkle roasted potatoes with Daiya cheese, black beans, and jalapenos. Broil just until cheese melts (about 5 minutes but keep an eye on it)
- You can serve the nachos straight from the pan, or lift with a spatula onto a large plate. Cover with a big dollop of mashed avocado, salsa, green onions, hot sauce and sour cream. Drizzle with lime and enjoy!