Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

This savory sweet potato casserole is a crave-worthy and customizable dish that is perfect for parties, potlucks, and weeknight dinners. The leftovers are PHENOMENAL and it makes a fabulous meal-prep dish so feel free to make it in advance!

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

You can prep the toppings and casserole ahead of time so that once your sweet potatoes are hot from the oven, all you’ll have to do is pile on the toppings and plop them on the table. So easy, right?  Easy is my middle na— really Jenn?!  I’m positively imposable today.  Ignore my antics and make this dish, stat!

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

It’s basically the same exact concept of a Thanksgiving-esque sweet potato or yam casserole.

Of course instead of smothering them with marshmallows, we’re reaching for fresh cheese and vegetables! Any way you prep it, it’s sure to wow your friends and family and might even get a few veggie snobs to change their tune.

I live for those moments.

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
5 from 6 votes

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

This savory sweet potato casserole is a crave-worthy and customizable dish that is perfect for parties, potlucks, and weeknight dinners. The leftovers are PHENOMENAL and it makes a fabulous meal-prep dish so feel free to make it in advance!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 447 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups of fresh baby spinach, chopped or torn
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1-2 cups  grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 bunch of green onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • optional: a drizzle of greek yogurt or sour cream for topping
  • For an extra punch of flavor season the sweet potatoes with a little chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and/or paprika.  Or you can whip the potatoes with greek yogurt and chives/scallions for a fun twist as well!  I’ve made this thing every which way — its a bit addictive!


  • leftover steamed/sauteed/roasted veggies
  • roasted spaghetti squash
  • bell peppers
  • guacamole
  • olives
  • salsa
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • jalapeños
  • fresh corn salsa
  • red pepper flakes
  • crumbled tortilla chips
  • sliced sweet mini peppers
  • crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • green onion


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Depending on your preference and time allotment, bake or microwave your sweet potatoes until soft and fluffy.  They’ll take about an hour in the oven and about 15-20 minutes for three potatoes in the microwave, just remember to pierce the potato a few times with a knife or fork before cooking so it cooks evenly in the center.
  3. Once your potatoes are cooked to fluffy perfection, spoon out the centers and set the skins aside for another  recipe or pawn them off on your pup.
  4. Whip the sweet potatoes with a fork and transfer to a medium baking dish.  Pile on beans, jalapenos, and cheese and any other ingredients/veggies you want to enjoy hot, then pop it in the oven until the cheese is hot and melted.
  5. In about 15 minutes or so you’ll have the perfect base for all your fresh toppings! I added fresh tomato, green onion, extra jalapenos, and a big dollop of greek yogurt to mine.  Load it up with anything your heart desires and dig in!  This will reheat marvelously the next few days, if any manages to make it to the next day. Glorious!

Recipe Notes

Cook time will take a bit longer if baking your sweet potatoes initially instead of microwaving them. You could also peel and roast them before whipping into your fluffy sweet potato casserole. Anything goes!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on extra toppings chosen and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 437mg19%
Potassium 854mg24%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 15933IU319%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 503mg50%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this savory sweet potato casserole, 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!

special diets and swaps

vegansaurus chefs

Skip the dairy and pile on some extra veggies! You can also use vegan sour cream [yum!] and daiya “cheese” as toppings if you’d like!  I have it on good authority that it’s also a-freaking-mazing with crumbled veggie burger on top.

t-rex chefs

Leftover turkey/chicken/burgers from the night before?  Toss it in!As always, you can use more or less of your favorite ingredients for this dish, and because there’s no correct way to top a sweet potato of any sort, here’s a round-up of toppings you can load up your casserole with all your favorite toppings from the list above.You’ll easily be able to clean out your fridge with this recipe!

so… how was it?!

This sassy and savory sweet potato casserole is I can say with absolute certainty that I’ll be making it just as often as my beloved stuffed sweet potatoes; maybe even more often since it reheats oh-so well and saves precious time.

This means that while it’s great for holidays, dinner parties, and family dinners, it’s also fan-freaking-tastic for weekday lunches and dinners. There’s something magical about having the next day’s lunch already prepped and waiting in the refrigerator.

It’s also one of those dishes that is versatile enough to take on a fridge full of leftovers so pile on any leftover quinoa, roasted veggies, and anything else your heart desires.

ust maybe stay away from that mystery container in the very back of the fridge. I’m pretty sure it may have just winked at you.

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  • Cassie

    5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for a couple of years now and just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for posting it! It’s so easy, and super delicious! I love how you add so many ideas for additional toppings on your recipes – it makes it easy to find ways to change up an old standby like this one!

  • Alyssa

    5 stars
    I’m not a huge fan of marshmallows on sweet potatoes, so thank you for this recipe!! Just love these flavors!

    • Thank you Alyssa! The savory route is for sure our favorite!

  • Marjory

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! My vegan daughter would make using her cheese and add hot peppers and guacamole! So good!

    • Hot peppers and guac FTW! Love it Marjory, thank you!

  • trying this tonight! we had a quesidilla styled similar to this recipe once & loved it so I’m sure this will be no exception! 🙂

  • Laura

    5 stars
    Once again your recipes do not disappoint! Though, I don’t think it will make close to 6 servings but I am having it as my main dish with only fruit on the side. I used 2 jalapeños, black beans, sharp cheddar and then after cooked I added chopped mini bells, avocado, greek yogurt, green onions, and tomatoes and omgosh I was in heaven! Will be a go to to make a bunch for my school lunches this year!

  • This looks beyond AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try it!

  • I LOVE sweet potatoes, and I need to find more recipes to use them in. This looks great!

  • Hey, it’s all good. I’ve only been out of my pajamas 3-4 times in the past 4 weeks haha. That’s what happens when you have a newborn in the house. 😉

  • Brittany @ FreckledNettles

    5 stars
    This is a perfect recipe for weekly meal prepping! I am starting to meal prep now because I am beginning a full-time job and will not be home during the day. Thank you for saving my booty!

  • I have been looking for new weekday exciting lunches, you know something that will make me want to eat what I packed and this just might be it!!! Making some this weekend to throw into next weeks lunches.. thank you 🙂

  • Yea casseroles! Put cheese and peppers on something and I’m there. My favorite casserole is probably this chili relleno casserole:

  • Alaina Rose

    5 stars
    Ooooo thank you so much for this! I’m making it right now 🙂 <3

  • I keep coming back to these pictures (I must like to torture myself…) I can’t wait to go shopping so there is food in my fridge so I can make this and STUFF my face 🙂

  • That sounds incredible! Must try!

  • Holy YUM!!! This sounds amazing!

  • Oh man… The things you do to sweet potato….

  • I love the tons o toppings, I will take all of them please! Yum!

  • Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anonymous

    “aprons are for pansies” SOOO agree with you! that made me smile 🙂

  • B.E.A.Utiful 🙂 …And despite being bandaged up like a mummy, covered in sweet potato smears, and wearing a “domestic-hot-mess” ensemble, I bet you look just B.E.A.Utiful, too 😉

  • Oh boy, that looks SO delicious. I’ve never actually made a casserole before, but I do love the glassware.

  • Colleen

    omg, just pinned it. this looks yummy!

  • Oh my goodness that looks awesome! I’ll eat anything with jalapenos 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  • So yum!!! I love sweet ‘taters and the spicier, the better! I thinkyou should name chickpea ‘Tater. 😉

  • Love easy and delicious casseroles like this one! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • I’m not gonna lie. I’d still add Tabasco as I have a death wish.

  • You’re so funny! This dish looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas! Have a fabulous day!

  • You purposely made the “tons-o-toppings” list look like a dumbbell didn’t you. 😉

  • This looks so yummy!

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