Baked sweet potatoes & beans

Baked sweet potatoes & beans

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

A superhealthy supper that's perfect for a busy weeknight, try making double the beans and freezing for next time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal783
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs136g
  • sugars69g
  • fibre31g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 4 small sweet potatoes
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika, plus extra to serve



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce (Lancashire sauce is a veggie option)
  • 2 x 400g cans mixed beans in water, drained
  • 400g chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 4 tbsp light soured cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork, then cook them in the microwave on High for 8 mins or until soft. Rub with 1 tsp of the paprika, 1 tsp of the oil and some seasoning. Transfer to a baking tray, put in the oven and cook for 10-15 mins until crispy.

  2. Meanwhile, make the beans. Cook the onion in the remaining oil until soft. Add the garlic, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and the remaining paprika, and cook for a further 1-2 mins until sticky. Tip in the beans, tomatoes and a splash of water, and simmer until the sweet potatoes are ready.

  3. Serve the sweet potatoes with the beans on top, a dollop of soured cream and a pinch of paprika, if you like.

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13th Feb, 2019
Very yummy quick and easy meal! I came in from digging a pond, weary and not feeling like cooking! However, had defrosted some cooked beans and chick peas, so just threw the other ingredients in, popped potatoes in and meal was soon ready, delicious, filling and easy. I added more worcester sauce than recipe said, and served with the sweet potatoes, spinach and some Alpro plain Go on, which is vegan, creamy and absolutely delicious, healthy too!
11th May, 2017
Great recipe, and really quick to make as well! I added some chilli powder but other than that followed the recipe as written and liked how it turned out. I found it made a lot, there was enough beans mixture for 3 people.
29th Mar, 2015
Absolutely love this recipe! Really tasty and tangy and gorgeous! Goes lovely with a bit of feta cheese on top!
21st Jan, 2015
The Worcester sauce gave this an odd aftertaste, I had to add a tin of Heinz beans, some tomato purée, more honey and two chicken stock cubes to cover it up. My husband really liked the finished result, which is just as well as there's loads left over. I won't be making it again.
4th Oct, 2013
Delicious as a quick recipe - added chilli to the beans and chopped up fresh mint to the yoghurt :)
22nd Mar, 2013
Delicious! Half a medium sized potato was enough for me, served it with left over tinned baked beans so I only really followed the recipe for microwave times but a great idea to use sweet potatoes anyway!
9th Oct, 2012
This was ok as an easy store hearty cupboard stand by and made LOADS. we had left overs. It tasted ok, but I won't rush to make it again. Instead of baking them, I made sweet potato wedges by slicing into wedges, coating in 1tbsp veg oil with paprika and salt, and putting in oven at 180fan whilst I made the beans. I added a couple of sticks of celery with the onion which added a nice crunch, and followed gidgierocks suggestion of adding a pinch of chill, and a squeeze of tomato purée. The sweet potato wedges were great, but i didn't think the beans were very exciting.
3rd Oct, 2012
Very quick and easy to make. Used 1 can of cannelloni beans and 1 can of black beans, and low fat soured cream. Four adults ate it and everyone liked it a lot. Cheap, easy, healthy, and ... different ;)
24th Aug, 2012
Very very good, I baked my sweet potato in the oven for just over an hour but probably needs no more than an hour at 200c. I also used low fat natural yogurt. I love meat but will be doing this as part of my monthly menu. I sweet spud is enough but I could have eaten 2.
26th Jul, 2012
Just made the beans for a shared lunch and they were really tasty. Would go well with the sweet potatoes, so will try with those next time.


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