Turn an already irresistible baked sweet potato into a satisfying meal with just a few extra ingredients. We’ve got 10 tasty vegetarian ideas to get you started!
While the classic baked potato makes a great base for toppings, sweet potatoes really are the more versatile veggie.
Baked or roasted, their creamy sweet flesh tastes fantastic topped with pretty much anything.
Below you’ll find some of our favorite sweet potato creations. Don’t worry if you’re short on ingredients, they’re very flexible and easy to adapt to what you have on hand.
5 Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes
Before you can load them up with toppings, you’ll need to bake your sweet potatoes. We like to use our countertop oven, especially during the summer. But you can use any method you like, here are a few ideas:
- Quick Baked Sweet Potatoes (30 minutes)
- Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds (25 minutes or less if using an Air Fryer!)
- Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes or Pieces (25 minutes)
- Toaster Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes (45 minutes to 1 hour or more)
- If you only have a few minutes, follow this quick guide for how to microwave a sweet potato from the website Basil and Bubbly.
Sweet Potato Toppings
1. Lentils and Greek Yogurt
For a fun chili alternative, pour a packet of microwaved Madras Lentils over baked sweet potatoes. Topped with tangy Greek yogurt (or feta) and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, it’ll be your new go-to comfort food.
2. Cottage Cheese and Granola
Top baked sweet potatoes with dollops of cottage cheese, some crunchy granola, and a quick drizzle of honey for an easy and filling meal. It may sound strange but this is the perfect sweet + salty combo!
Love cottage cheese? Try one of these 15 cottage cheese toasts!
3. Pizza Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and ALL the Toppings
Clean out your fridge and pile on the toppings! Veggie pepperoni, black olives, bell pepper, and pepperoncini are our favorites. But feel free to use anything you’ve got on hand to make your pizza-style sweet potatoes.
4. Almond Butter, Blackberries, and Toasted Coconut
Craving a PB&J? Skip the bread and top baked sweet potatoes with almond butter and berries instead. For added texture, toss on toasted coconut or a handful of your favorite granola.
5. Scrambled Eggs, Cheese, and Chives
Make breakfast for dinner! Pile cheesy scrambled eggs (we usually do 2 eggs per person) onto baked sweet potatoes and garnish with spicy sriracha sauce and chives.
6. Salad Potatoes
Creamy sweet potatoes pair perfectly with a tangy dijon vinaigrette-dressed salad. For this one, I mixed together fresh spinach, crisp apple sticks, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, chickpeas, and crumbled feta. It’s all of the best flavors of autumn in one delicious bowl.
7. Refried Beans, Jalapeno, Corn, and Cheese
Have you tried making nachos with sweet potatoes? We used baked sweet potato slices instead of chips and topped them with crispy roasted jalapeno slices, refried beans, corn, and shredded cheese.
8. Ricotta, Berries, and Maple Syrup
Mix orange zest with ricotta and dollop on a cinnamon-sprinkled sweet potato. Top with fresh berries and a liberal drizzle of maple syrup. Simple, sweet, and delicious!
9. Hummus and Veggies
Give your sweet potatoes a Mediterranean-inspired twist with a few dollops of hummus, some herby roasted veggies, fresh spinach, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. It’s everything you love about our popular zucchini hummus pitas in sweet potato form!
10. Tempeh, BBQ Sauce, and Guacamole
If you’re craving comfort food try topping your sweet potatoes with some BBQ tempeh. All you have to do is crisp up store-bought tempeh and douse it in your favorite BBQ sauce. A dollop of fatty guac keeps this vegan-friendly dish from being too sweet.
11. Peanut Lime Sauce, Veggies, and Edamame
Sweet edamame, crisp fresh veggies (cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers), and cashews drenched with this easy peanut lime sauce for two. Like a crunchy nutritious salad – but better!
12. Cinnamon Pineapple
For a yummy brunch option that also happens to be vegan, stuff sweet potatoes with cinnamon, pineapple, pecans, and raisins. Then top with toasted coconut and a drizzle of creamy coconut butter or dollops of non-dairy vanilla yogurt.
13. Black Beans, Cheese, and Avocado
Give your next Taco Tuesday a sweet potato upgrade! Load them up with black beans, refried beans, or cooked soy chorizo. Then pile on your favorite toppings like pepper jack cheese, avocado, and hot sauce.
14. Beans, Greens, and Sauce
This is my go-to combo on nights when I’m craving something comforting, filling, and easy:
- half a can of beans, rinsed and drained
- a few handfuls of chopped greens (spinach, kale, or arugula, are all good options)
- your favorite store-bought sauce (like salsa, pasta sauce, or curry sauce).
To put it all together: saute the greens in a little oil until wilted, then add the beans and sauce. Once the mixture is warmed, top your baked sweet potatoes and dig in! For the meal pictured, I used chickpeas, fresh spinach, and the Tikka Masala sauce from Aldi.
How About Dessert?
Sweet Potato Casserole Bites
Top cinnamon-baked sweet potato slices with mini marshmallows, broil until golden and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Tastes just like Thanksgiving!
Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes
If marshmallows aren’t your thing, swap them for a sweet and crispy oat crumble. This easy streusel sweet potato halves recipe is great for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.
Hungry for more? Check out all of our potato and sweet potato recipes!