Mexican Sweet Potato

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Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (196 g)
  • Calories 172
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 9.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 43.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 37.5 g
  • Protein - 1.1 g
  • Calcium - 34.9 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Add all ingredients together, then simmer, making sure its not sticking.

Step 2

Remove spices.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting sweet potatoes, choose ones that are firm, without any bruises or soft spots.
  • Be sure to use whole spices for this recipe, as ground spices may not have the same flavor.

  • Substitute sweet potatoes for butternut squash - Butternut squash is a similar vegetable that can be used in place of sweet potatoes in this recipe. The benefit of using butternut squash is that it is a bit sweeter than sweet potatoes, so the flavor of the dish will be slightly different.
  • Substitute star anise for allspice - Allspice is a more common spice that can be used in place of the star anise in this recipe. The benefit of using allspice is that it is easier to find in most grocery stores and it has a similar flavor to star anise, so the dish will still have a similar flavor.

Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Add honey instead of brown sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove spices and serve.

Mexican Rice: This classic Mexican side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Mexican Sweet Potato. It is made with long grain white rice, tomatoes, onion, garlic and a variety of spices. The flavors of the Mexican Rice will complement the sweet potatoes and spices in the recipe for a delicious and complete meal.

Black Beans: Black beans are a delicious and nutritious addition to the Mexican Sweet Potato recipe. They are packed with fiber and protein and can be cooked quickly and easily. They will add an extra layer of flavor to the meal and are a great source of nutrients. Black beans are also a great source of iron and magnesium, making them a perfect accompaniment to the Mexican Sweet Potato.


Q: How long should I simmer the ingredients?

A: Simmer the ingredients for around 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Q: Can I use other vegetables in this dish?

A: Yes, you can use other vegetables in the dish. Try adding carrots, bell peppers, or zucchini for more flavor and texture.

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Fun facts:

The star anise in this recipe is a spice native to China, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is also a featured ingredient in the popular Chinese Five Spice blend.

The combination of sweet potatoes, star anise, cinnamon, and brown sugar is a favorite of Mexican celebrity chef, Pati Jinich. She often uses this combination in her recipes to give them a sweet and savory flavor.