Yes. Loaded Chili Cheese Sweet Potatoes without dairy or nightshades. YER A WIZARD, RACH.
Wizard, witch or muggle, you’re gonna want to ready your sweat pants for this one. It might be Spring, but apparently I didn’t get the memo and my comfort food kick is still very much in full swing.
I have included the recipe for just enough of my AIP chili to top your taters here so that everything is all in one place for you guys. But to be honest, I usually don’t make these Loaded Chili Cheese Sweet Potatoes all in one go. My trick is to whip up the larger batch of my Nightshade Free Chili at the weekend, then use half of it for one meal and the leftovers for these taters.
You can even bake the sweet potatoes and make the cheese sauce ahead of time, too. That way, you can whip up these chili cheese sweet potatoes on a weeknight if you’re so inclined. All you’ve gotta do is reheat the chili, sauce and sweets, then load them up with whatever toppings and extra garnishes you like!
I like to use white sweet potatoes like the ones you see in the photos for this recipe. These golden skinned and yellow fleshed Hannah variety of sweet potato work really nicely, since they’re not as sweet as orange sweet potatoes and so make a much more savory cheese sauce.
You can make the cheese sauce for these Loaded Chili Cheese Sweet Potatoes either with or without coconut milk. I’ve included both ways in the recipe so that if you don’t do well with coconut products, you can still enjoy you some cheesy taters!
The cheesy flavor comes from nutritional yeast, which is totally fine if you’re following AIP. Some people (like those with the MTHR mutation) have issues with the fortified varieties of nutritional yeast, so if you’re one of those people, I like this non fortified brand of nutritional yeast.
- 4 - 6 medium white sweet potatoes
- Avocado oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- 1 tbsp / 15 ml avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1½ cups / 210 g diced yellow onion (about 1 medium)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ lb / 225 g carrots, grated coarsely
- ¼ lb / 110 g beets, grated coarsely OR 4 oz / 110 g drained, canned sliced beets (see notes)
- ¼ lb / 110 g mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tsp / 5 g fine sea salt, divided
- ½ cup / 120 ml red wine
- 2 cups / 480 ml beef broth
- 1 lbs / 454 g lean ground beef
- ½ cup / 120 g butternut squash puree
- 2 tbsp / 30 ml red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp / 30 ml lemon juice
- 2 tbsp / 4 g dried oregano
- 2 tsp / 1 g dried cilantro leaves (don't confuse with coriander, which isn't AIP!)
- 1½ tsp / 4 g roasted carob powder
- 1 tsp / 3 g ground ginger
- 1 tsp / 4 g granulated garlic
- ½ cup / 120 g white sweet potato (from the baked sweet potatoes)
- ¼ cup / 60 ml coconut milk (see notes to make coconut free)
- ¼ cup / 60 ml chicken broth
- 2 tbsp / 8 g nutritional yeast (this brand is non fortified)
- 1 tbsp / 15 ml avocado oil or other neutral oil
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ tsp granulated garlic
- Thinly sliced radishes, sliced green onions, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro
- BAKE: Preheat the oven to 425 F / 220 C. Line a baking tray with foil, if you like. Piece each sweet potato with a knife a few times on each side, then drizzle with a little oil. Use your hands to make sure each sweet potato is evenly coated in oil on the skin, then season with salt to taste. Bake the sweet potatoes until they are tender, about 45 minutes, depending on the thickness of your sweet potatoes. Set the cooked sweet potatoes aside on a trivet to cool a little.
- SOFTEN: While the sweet potatoes are baking, make the chili. Pour the oil into a dutch oven on the stove top over low-medium heat. Add the diced onion & garlic, cooking until the onion is translucent but not browned, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Add the grated carrots, grated beets (if using), sliced mushrooms, ½ tsp of the fine sea salt, the wine and broth, making sure the vegetables are completely covered with liquid. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer, and cover the dutch oven with the lid, while leaving some space for steam to escape. Cook until the carrots are softened, about 15 minutes.
- BROWN: While the vegetables are simmering, brown the ground beef. Season the meat with the remaining ½ tsp of fine sea salt and, working in batches as needed in a large skillet, cook the meat through until the fat has rendered and the meat is just beginning to brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the browned meat to a bowl lined with a few layers of paper towel to drain. Reserve for later.
- BLEND: Once the carrots are softened, remove the dutch oven from the heat and transfer it to a trivet. Add the canned beets (if you didn't use fresh beets earlier), butternut squash puree, red wine vinegar and lemon juice to the dutch oven. Use an immersion blender to blend until everything is combined into a sauce. This will take a good 3 - 4 minutes, so be patient and keep blending until it's really smooth!
- SIMMER: Return the dutch oven to the stove top over low heat. Add the browned drained beef, dried oregano, cilantro, carob, ground ginger and garlic powder. Stir through and bring the chili to a very gentle simmer, not enough for the sauce to spit or splatter. Simmer the chili until the meat breaks down and combines with the sauce and the liquid reduces and thickens, about 20 minutes. If you like, you can add a little extra broth to thin the chili to your preference. Cover and keep the chili warm.
- BLEND: Cut each of the sweet potatoes in half and scoop out a little of each until you have a ½ cup / 120 g of baked sweet potato in total. Add the baked sweet potato to a high sided container or wide mouthed mason jar, along with the coconut milk, broth, nutritional yeast, oil, salt and garlic. Use an immersion blender and blend until you have a thick, smooth and pourable cheese sauce.
- ASSEMBLE: Divide the sweet potatoes between plates or bowls. Fill each split sweet potato with the nightshade free chili. Drizzle each chili stuffed sweet potato with the cheese sauce and then finish each with the sliced radishes, green onions, avocado and chopped cilantro.
If you're using fresh grated beets, add them to the pot at the same time as the carrots so that they cook and soften before blending. If you're using the pre-cooked canned sliced beets, you can add them later, along with the butternut squash puree, as they don't need to soften any further.
For a coconut free version of the cheese sauce, omit the coconut milk and add an extra 1 tbsp / 15 ml of oil and an extra 2 tbsp / 30 ml of broth.
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