Mashed Sweet Potatoes with a Chipotle kick! And who can say no to bacon. This is a great side dish for a random weeknight, or even a side for Thanksgiving!

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Do you ever just have one of those days?

Usually they put me in a bad mood. It starts out by waking up to a dirty dishwasher because I forgot to push start the night before. Or Charlotte wets the bed (potty training. We’re almost done. How did I live before?). Or a simple headache can do you in some days.

Yesterday started out like that, and kept going, and going. Until it got to the point that I felt like I was watching a movie of someone’s horrible day, and somehow, somehow, it became wildly entertaining instead of maddening.

I had to run to the grocery store for mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes. That’s it, just the cheese and tomatoes. So I walked in thinking, it’s just cheese and cherry tomatoes, who needs a cart? My baby doesn’t weigh 18 pounds or anything.


Produce section. Charlotte is in charge of carrying the cherry tomatoes. Throws a fit because she doesn’t want to trade out her box for the cheaper brand that I found. I remember that we are out of regular tomatoes, and lettuce. No problem. I’ve still got one hand.

We head over to the deli, passing the milk on the way, which I remember that we are running low on, but this 18 pounder is starting to feel heavy, and I wisely pass it by (now we are out of milk.) Charlotte, where is the box of cherry tomatoes? In the middle of the floor. 3 aisles ago.

Cherry tomatoes recovered, we continue toward the cheese.

BOOM.  Cherry tomatoes, rolling in every direction. It’s a good thing Truman has learned to sit up, otherwise I would have had to lay his head down on the tile while I gather up cherry tomatoes, which Charlotte has already stepped on 3 of.


We find the cheese. Then I remember that I should grab some fries from the deli counter to put in the background of the photos I am taking of a beef sandwich I made. “I want those fries, please.” “Those are cold and stale, give me 7 minutes and I’ll get you some fresh ones.” Nope, I just want to take pictures of them, I couldn’t care less if they are stale. (Being a food blogger makes you a total freak.)

The next lady in line takes pity on me after I drop my wallet 3 times trying to pay .63 cents for the fries, and hands me a basket to put my things in, which for some reason I can’t find the handles of. Where could they possibly be, if not on top? I finally shove the 18-pounder football style under my arm, and was about to hoist the basket on my other hip, laundry style. The lady gives me another pity look and pulls up the handles for me.

Then as I’m pulling out of the parking lot I almost hit a woman crossing the street. She probably gave me the finger after I started laughing, in a breathless, what-has-happened-to-my-life sort of way.


These sweet potatoes are smokin’. I don’t mean in a super-hot way, just in a smoky way. This recipe is so simple: The sweet potatoes. Some butter. Chipotle. Bacon and green onions…aaaaand that’s it. So easy, so amazing.

Obviously these are not your typical marshmallow sweet potatoes. I don’t even like sweet potatoes when they are sweet. But mash em up savory style and now we’re talkin’.

These could honestly even replace regular mashed potatoes, especially if you are serving Thanksgiving to people who are watching their waistlines.

But who am I kidding. I’ll never give up regular mashed potatoes. You don’t blow off a date with George Clooney just because Brad Pitt is in town.


Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with a Chipotle kick! And who can say no to bacon. This is a great side dish for a random weeknight, or even a side for Thanksgiving!


  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 & 1/2 to 3 teaspoons chipotle pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon adobo sauce , from can of peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  • Fill a saucepan with 3 inches of water, cover, and set it over high heat to get it boiling.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1 inch cubes. Place the potatoes in a steamer basket.
  • Once the water is boiling, reduce to a simmer, and place the steamer basket over the water, with the lid on. (The water should be at least 2 inches below the basket.)
  • Allow to steam for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add butter, and mash with potato masher. Add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and salt. Continue mashing to combine. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with cooked bacon and green onions.


If you don't have a steamer, boiling the potatoes will work just fine (you retain more nutrients by steaming).
You are going to have to use your mouth to decide how much chipotle to put in. Start small, chipotle peppers are no joke. Definitely add some of the adobo sauce, but don't go too crazy. You can always add more. (Find cans of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce in the Latin aisle of the grocery store. Freeze the remainder of the can in a ziplock bag, it lasts a long time.)
Source: adapted from Alton Brown


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 24310IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 215
Keyword: bacon, Chipotle, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
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  1. Repeat after me: always get the cart. Always get the cart!
    I think I could do savory sweet potatoes. They seem more natural than that marshmallow covered atrocity I ate once when I was nine. The memory still haunts me.

    1. I know, I KNOW! I need to write a message on my hand every time I head to the store: you can’t handle it. Get a cart.
      And seriously, Ami, try these out. I hate the marshmallow stuff.

  2. Karen, your posts are so funny and relatable! You know how sometimes you remember odd details about people (it’s not just me right)? Well as soon as I read “These could honestly even replace regular mashed potatoes…” I did a sort of reader’s double take. So relieved when I read the next paragraph lol; Karen has NOT lost her mind or her love for mashed potatoes!!!

    1. Mashed potatoes 4 life. Some things never change. And YES I remember the weirdest things about people. I’m glad I’m not the only one!! Thanks for commenting Kellie! :)

  3. Yes, anything is better with bacon, right? And honestly, I’m in love with chipotle in like, everything! I have these sweet potato fries that I make with a chipotle dipping sauce. I was trying to decide if fries were appropriate for Thanksgiving? Who knows, but they are good.

    I just posted a yams recipe today, too. Haha. See, there are better ways to serve yams than with overly-sweet marshmallow goo…..

    1. Oooh ginger and pine nuts?? That sounds awesome! and chipotle dipping sauce? If that’s not on your blog it needs to be soon :)

  4. I had one of those days the other day. Ugh! I could not wait for the day to be over. I love sweet potatoes! My husband would enjoy the Chipotle and I, the bacon. This is the perfect combo!

    1. I know, aren’t they the worst Chels? But at least I could laugh at myself this time. Let me know if you try out these sweet potatoes! Thanks for the comment :)

  5. I don’t comment enough but really enjoy your writing….and the pictures. I typically just recipe pillage food blogs because I’m a lazy reader, but you write so well, I actually READ yours. This post reminds me of those (now long gone) days when the kids were hip huggers and every trip anywhere was a Monty Python skit mixed with a Greek tragedy. Thanks for the break! Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Monty Python mixed with a Greek tragedy…yeah that sounds pretty accurate for grocery store trips with children! Thank you for your kind words, Kevin, I love to know that people are reading, and actually enjoying it, instead of thinking, “this lady’s a total freak.” I feel the same about your blog, I crack up every time.

  6. These look great! Love sweet potatoes. I have to agree with your date reference though :) I hate bad days… glad you survived :)

    1. Thanks Laura! It started out as a bad day, but by the time it finished I honestly was just laughing at myself. Try out these sweet potatoes! They are delicious!

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