For My Vegan Friends: Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

First, let’s get something straight. I am not a vegan. I have tasted life without cheese and I didn’t like it. I won’t go back voluntarily. However, on Facebook recently, I asked my readers to give me some ideas for recipes to post in January; and to my surprise, several people requested vegan recipes. 


I am not entirely a stranger to vegan cookery – having a child who is allergic to beef, dairy, and eggs kind of thrust me in that general direction on occasion when searching for recipe inspiration. In fact, my favorite ever chocolate chip cookie recipe is Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. I suppose if I were a vegan, I could forget about the cheese if I could eat those cookies all day long. Maybe. 

In any case, as it happens, I do have a vegan recipe to share with you, my vegan friends! I bet you’re not surprised that it involves beans. And sweet potatoes! The two together work some pretty awesome magic, let me tell you. I started with this recipe for black bean stuffed sweet potatoes, and then livened it up just a bit.

If you’re not vegan (or dairy-free, if that’s the case), you can un-veganize it by dressing it up with a little cheese (you know what my choice is!) and sour cream if you’d like. But honestly, they’re delicious as they are. Even without the cheese. (Really.)

Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The bean filling here, folks, is kickin’ awesome, I can assure you! I could eat that on its own endlessly. Thank goodness my boys were there to stop me, or they might not have had any lunch.

Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This is QUICK if you have cooked beans on hand. (I like to freeze extras, or I make them on a day when I have extra time in preparation for a meal like this.) If you don’t have cooked beans on hand, you’re going to have to plan ahead: soak them overnight the day before you plan to make this dish, then cook them in the slow cooker all day until you’re ready to get started with this recipe. Once you’ve got cooked beans to start with, you can make the black bean filling while the sweet potatoes are baking in the oven. Dinner will be ready in an hour or less!

It’s very EASY, for sure. In fact, it’s a one-pan meal, so that means very little clean up!

Both beans and sweet potatoes are super CHEAP, so this one’s a frugal winner in my book.

You’ve never seen so much HEALTHY packed into one little dish! You’ve got the Super Food Sweet Potato, combined with Vegan Protein Extraordinaire (otherwise known as beans), all wrapped up with antioxidants and vitamins from the cute little veggies and spices.

Sharing at Tastetastic Thursday. Frugal Food Thursday,
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


  1. I’m not a vegan or even a vegetarian but this meal looks delicious. I love beans and sweet potatoes and have printed the recipe to try.
    I look forward to trying it.
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  2. Looks so tasty :-)
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  3. This looks like a delicious meal and perfect for my gluten-free husband. I’ve never thought to stuff sweet potatoes with black beans. This is such a creative recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Looks delicious! I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of beans we eat because of the… uh… side effects for all of us. But I might make an exception for this!

    • LOL! I’ve heard that there are some Mexican spices (can’t think of the names right now – epazote maybe?) that supposedly help cut down on those side effects, but I haven’t actually tried them. I don’t personally eat a lot of them, but I make them very often for my boys! And yeah, their digestive systems are more than regular, lol.

  5. Anne, I know sweet potatoes are much better for you than regular potatoes but never thought about doing something like this on sweet potatoes. I am very curious about this combination! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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  6. Love this recipe…it’s featured this weekend!
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  7. Hi Anne,
    This looks like a great recipe, I just love the combination of spice and flavor that you have put together. I would really enjoy this Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato, it looks yummy. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  8. Yum! I do a similar combo of ingredients in enchilada form…they go hand in hand!! You should take these ingredients and use them as a filling! Thanks for the reminder that there are always more way to use familiar ingredients! We appreciate you participating in Allergy Free Wednesdays!

  9. This is a very interesting recipe. We try to have a vegetarian night once a week and this would be fantastic. Thanks for sharing it at Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

  10. How did I miss this recipe? It looks great. I am learning to love sweet potatoes and black beans in burritos. This looks even better. Thanks for sharing at allergy-free wednesday!
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