Fall football season is a great time for friends and family to gather and cheer on their favorite teams, share amazing food, and spend quality time together. Game day gatherings are always something to look forward to, but for much more than just football! Yes, I like watching the games as well, but amazing food and time with family are the best part! I love whipping up fun new game day dishes to share with everyone, and these Fiesta Sweet Potato Boats that I made after my weekly Walmart trip are sure to rock any table they adorn!
Sweet potatoes are one of my absolutely favorite ingredients to use in recipes. They fit in almost type of cuisine, and with a rich, earthy flavor, they are a great base for many dishes. I am also a huge fan of zesty, creative meals, so for this recipe, I turned plain old potato skins into something really special with the perfect Southwestern twist!
These ridiculously easy potato boats are chock full of fresh ingredients, and I kept the process simple by mixing in green salsa to kick the flavor up a few notches. Salsa is a fabulous ingredient to use when you need to turn up the flavor but don’t want to waste time.
Fiesta Sweet Potato Boats (Printable recipe here)
This recipe will take you right at an hour to make, but 45 minutes of that is baking the potatoes, so you will really only need about fifteen minutes free time to work. If you are making these to travel, it is best to wait until you get them set up where you are going to sprinkle on the toppings. These are super easy to customize, so feel free to add or substitute anything you think would do well in them! Here is what you need:
- 4 large sweet potatoes, washed and dried
- 1/2 can black beans
- 1/2 can whole kernel corn
- 2 tbsp Salsa Verde
- Diced tomato
- Diced avocado
- Fresh cilantro
- Crumbled Goat cheese
To make, you will first poke holes in your potatoes with a fork and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes until soft. Once finished, take them out and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully slice each one in half, scrape out the insides, and put them in a large bowl. Make sure to leave a small edge around the sides so your boats can stand on their own. Once that is done, add in your beans, corn, chopped cilantro, and your green salsa, mixing thoroughly. Drop back into your potato boats by heaping spoonfuls.
Bake for another 5 minutes, and then sprinkle with all your toppings. Top with a little more salsa verde. Wasn’t that easy?If you want to see the process from start to finish, here is a quick video for you!