Chili Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Like it or not, Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away. Turkey Day is, no surprise, my favorite holiday! To kick off the holiday recipes, I am sharing one of the favorite dishes from my family. Thanks, Mom!

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Chili Mashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 4 large sweet potatoes (~3 1/2 lbs total)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. Wrap each sweet potato in tinfoil and bake at 425F for 1 hour.
  2. While baking, whisk together remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Remove skins from potatoes, add soft insides to orange juice mixture and mash together with a fork.
  4. Spread mashed sweet potatoes into a casserole dish.
  5. Toast pecan halves in skillet on stovetop over medium heat for 2-4 minutes until they are golden brown. Watch carefully so they don't burn.
  6. Break pecan halves into pieces after toasting with the back of a spoon, then sprinkle over the top of mashed sweet potatoes. 
  7. Serve hot. This can be made in advance, then heated back up in the oven before serving at 175F.
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