Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato nachos are not only insanely delicious but will convince even sweet potato skeptics to abandon ship on their stubbornness and dive in!

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos :: prepare to fall in love!

Sweet Potato Nachos

These orange beauties are what happens when you combine the flavor fiesta of Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with some classic nacho action and the ingenuity of good old fashioned Irish Nachos.

Translation: They’re insanely delicious and just may convince that sweet potato skeptic in your wolfpack to abandon ship on their stubbornness and dive right in!

I’ve already turned a few of my sweet potato hating friends into super fans with this crave-worthy recipe.

It’s magic I tell you. MAGIC!

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos :: prepare to fall in love!
5 from 8 votes

Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato nachos are not only insanely delicious but will convince even sweet potato skeptics to abandon ship on their stubbornness and dive in!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Sweet Potato Nachos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 98 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2-1 cup freshly grated cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, mexican blend)
  • spray oil or favorite oil, as needed
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper (spicy) or paprika (mild) to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • plus all your favorite nacho toppings from the list below


  • black beans
  • fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers
  • greek yogurt or sour cream
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • pico de gallo
  • tomatoes
  • black olives
  • pickled red onion
  • chopped green onion
  • shredded romaine lettuce spinach, spring mix
  • corn salsa
  • chopped bell peppers or sweet mini peppers


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400°F.

  2. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Remove the skin with a veggie peeler and slice into discs with a sharp knife or mandolin.

  3. Drizzle, rub, or spray the slices with your favorite healthy oil (avocado, coconut, olive, etc…) and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet or pan. Season with chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne/paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  5. Top with your choice of veggies, beans, and cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is hot and bubbly!
  6. Lastly, layer on cold toppings such as greek yogurt or sour cream, guacamole, salsa, green onion, and anything else you might be jonesin’ for. Then simply introduce them to your face! You’re welcome.

Recipe Notes

To make these gloriously paleo, simply skip the dairy in favor of a mountain of guacamole and salsa. SO GOOD!

T-Rex? Add some bacon, shredded chicken, or pulled pork and have at it!

Vegan? Skip the cheese or add some daiya instead. This dish is easily veganized and oh-so flavorful either way, especially when loaded to the brim with fresh salsa and guacamole.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for the base recipe above using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of toppings and enjoy!

To take the savory-sweet combo a step further, grab a little ground cinnamon and sprinkle that over the sweet potatoes too! I tried this the other day and practically swooned into my plate.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 9341IU187%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

special diets and swaps

  • VEGAN FRIENDS: skip the cheese entirely or add some vegan cheese instead!  You can also make them with butternut squash! (recipe)
  • PALEO + WHOLE30:  Skip the cheese in favor of a mountain of salsa and guac as your topping. YUM!
  • T-REX: feel free to grab some bacon (yeah, I said it!) or add some shredded chicken or pork and have at it. This would be a fabulous way to use up leftovers from the night before!

Want to make these sweet potato nachos for a crowd?

Simply grab a few more sweet potatoes and some extra toppings and you’re good to go!

These make excellent party food and the leftovers can be popped in the microwave [or back in the oven!] and enjoyed the following day.

tasty topping ideas for nachos:

For crispier potatoes you can try [this faux-frying technique] on for size or even whip them up [casserole-style]

No excuses; make them!

so . . . how are they?!

Sweet, savory, and will forever be in recipe rotation in my kitchen. think it’s my goal in life to get everyone hooked on savory sweet potatoes in some shape or form.

Ok one of my goals, that is. Somewhere between learning how to sew and world domination…

Though I may just be watching too much Pinky and the Brain again.

If you get a chance to try these sweet potato nachos, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    Looks so tasty! We love sweet potatoes and are always looking for new ways to use them!

    • Thanks Shadi! It’s for sure one of our favorite ways to faceplant into sweet potatoes!

  • Aimee Shugarman

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh this is my new favorite game day snack!

  • These are genius. Simply genius!!

  • Amanda

    5 stars
    Just clicked over here from Brittany’s blog… these look incredibly delicious. YUM YUM YUM.

  • I’ve served the husband chickpea burgers, but we’ve never had sweet potato chickpea burgers. Wow. Now I have to check those out! We were planning to have sweet potato and black bean enchiladas tomorrow night – a first. Here’s hoping they go over well!

  • Miss Smart

    I’ve been doing this with purple sweets, and they are phenomenal. I actually haven’t used cheese, though, so I guess they aren’t really nachos…more like a springboard for FUN. 😉

  • These have my mouth watering like CRAZY!!!! Gah! Want some for breakfast haha

  • Kadee Cramer

    5 stars
    And now I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow. =)

  • Oh my, these look so incredibly good! I just bought some sweet potatoes, so I might just have to make this!

    -Melissa @ Fit ‘n’ Well Mommy

  • What a creative “nachos”! I love baked sweet potatoes. Definitely want to try this soon!

  • Oh my heaven – this looks amazing. I will have to try them out. My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is in a frie form. :-/

  • I’m the only one in my house that likes sweet potatoes. I think you’re right, though. These could convert the rest of the family!

  • Jan Sproutsnsquats

    5 stars
    Wow these look awesome! I’ve bookmarked them and am definitely going to give them a go.

  • Tara

    Oh my goodness… this sounds like an AMAZING recipe! I’ve just started enjoying sweet potatoes (I used to hate them), and this seems like an ideal way to enjoy them!

  • GENIUS! Absolutely genius. This is the best recipe I have seen all month. I am so making this!

  • We were just talking about making Irish Nachos! I’ll have to give these a try. Great idea!

  • Such a clever (awesome!!) idea. Can’t wait to test it out. 😀

  • That looks so good!! I have made sweet potato fries, and a burger, but nachos!! Yum! Will be making these for sure! New follower, and hoping to join in on the linkup tomorrow.

  • Oh that looks wonderful! I love any kind of potato, any way its fixed, so I’m sure I would enjoy these as well 🙂

  • Wow those look amazing! I love sweet potatoes, i love them roasted, mashed, in fry form, any which way I will eat them…including this way now 🙂

  • Where have these been in my life? They look amazing. I definitely have two sweet potatoes I am going to be using for this soon. Lately I have just been roasting plain sweet potatoes and topping with coconut butter. It is a cross between a side for dinner and dessert.

  • Those look yummy!! I never would have thought to use sweet potatoes to make nachos out of (I guess that’s what you’re for right?)

  • I would KILL for this right now. I actually did something like it long ago, but the lazy man’s version – I used frozen sweet potato waffle fries. You rock!

  • I’d pick sweet potatoes over regular any day – although regular are still soo good for you 🙂
    I have no clue the brand or even what it’s called, but my Mom used to use this nifty little electric gadget to slice her potatoes extremely thin so they cook crisp super quick. It would be good with this recipe to mimic the crunch of nachos!

  • I LOVE this idea!! Seriously..genius!! 🙂

  • Oh man, these are getting made SOON! Look delish & I can only imagine the sweetness of the potatoes compliment the cheese & salsa perfectly. Yum!

  • I love sweet potato fries and sweet potato tater tots, but I’ve never had (or even heard of!) sweet potato chips before. This is an awesome idea. Definitely planning on making them once I get home. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • These look so yummy! And I only like savory sweet potatoes!

  • I literally eat a loaded sweet potato as part of my lunch every single day. I bake 5-10 at the beginning of the week and then reheat with leftover chicken, beans, roasted veggies, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, parmesan, etc. I would eat it for all 3 meals of the day if I didn’t think it would turn me bright orange!

  • Sounds deeeeelish! I should make this for my next family get-together. I love sweet potatoes all ways, but I typically favor sweet rather than savory recipes. I need to step outside of the box more!

  • Yummmm this sounds so good!!! I love sweet taters!

  • I gave up chips over 2 years ago now…can’t believe I can actually say that! Anyway, this is an incredibly tantalizing substitute. I need to try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jenn!

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