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Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

Forget basic salads. Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad is a step outside the ordinary with a rich, spicy dressing and sweet potatoes. Perfect for summer.

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Mother Nature has shouted loud and clear that summer isn’t over yet these last few days. With steamy high temperatures even reaching us in Maine, it’s been like a siren’s call to head to the many lakes and beaches here. And while we did so the other day, a family was barbecuing at one of the public grills.

Oh, how I love summer barbecues. Especially when they bring people together for laughter and enjoyment. While we weren’t there to dig in with that family, when my friends and family get together to barbecue, I love to bring a little unexpected flair to the table in the form of tasty, unusual recipes like my Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad.

And when I say spicy, I really do mean this is a spicy salad. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This has some serious oomph.

making Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

This version of potato salad is quick and easy to whip up and brings together two flavors I absolutely adore together: the sweetness of sweet potatoes, and the smoky spiciness of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Together with meaty garbanzo beans and zesty diced red onions, it’s worthy of the best outdoor shindigs.

Hint: It’s great when served alongside cooling foods like coleslaw. The flavors mingle well.


For this recipe, I used La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, which I have been buying for years. Walmart stocks these in the same aisle as taco shells, seasonings and other Hispanic products, along with other La Morena Products like sliced jalapeños (great for sandwiches!). And I love how the chipotle peppers in adobo bring a spicy Latino flavor to my nontraditional potato salad.

What’s hitting your barbecue table this year? Share in the comments below! And do you love the smoky spiciness of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce as much as I do?

Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad
Yield: 8 servings

Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 16- oz can garbanzo beans, , drained and rinsed
  • 2 La Morena chipotle peppers, , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce, (from the La Morena chipotle peppers)
  • 1 clove garlic, , minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Boil the sweet potatoes to tender, about 10-15 minutes, and then drain well. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potatoes, red onions and garbanzo beans.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the chopped chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, garlic, honey and olive oil. Pour over the sweet potato mixture and toss well to combine.
  4. If desired, garnish with sliced green onions.

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

I'm all for salads with oomph! They can get a little boring otherwise, right? I'll have to be on the lookout for those peppers! They should great.

Lora @cakeduchess

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

What a super salad! I love sweet potatoes and I love the chipotle idea. I'm making this for our next party!!


Monday 7th of September 2015

What a fun salad. I love sweet potatoes

Lauren @ Hall Nesting

Monday 7th of September 2015

I love the addition of spicy notes added to sweet potatoes.

Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

Monday 7th of September 2015

Fantastic recipe, love the spiciness!!

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