Sweet Potato Chili Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Sweet Potato Chili Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce Sweet Potato Chili Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4 cups peeled and grated sweet potatoes
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Olive oil for frying
Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce, recipe follows
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce:

1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
1 lime, zested and juiced
Pinch salt





In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, jalapeno, flour, baking powder, salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper.

In a small bowl lightly beat the milk and egg until well mixed. Add to the sweet potato mixture, stirring, until all the ingredients are well combined.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to cover bottom of skillet. Drop the sweet potato mixture, by rounded teaspoonfuls, into the hot oil. Press lightly to flatten the mixture to the size of a half dollar. Cook until the cakes are golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the cakes to a serving platter. Top each cake with a small amount of Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce:

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe courtesy Jamie Martin

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Reader Comments:


I haven't tried this recipe but I want to make it for a party in a couple of weeks. Can I make it now and freeze it?

By Colleen on January 24, 2013


Gonna try to tween it a bit, I Love sweet potatos, but have regular mashed tatters left over gonna try it with these sounds yummm

By Anonymous on December 21, 2012


These were great! I added 2 cloves of pressed garlic and salt and pepper to the sauce to jazz it up a bit. Everyone in my book club thought the sauce made the potato cakes.

By kathy glick on February 06, 2012


Made these for the football games this weekend (my Mom and Dad are visiting). Mom says, " to die for ..." I don't cook much, but I love unique flavors all mixed up together and this was delicious. Without a shredder on my mini cuisinart, thankful my Dad was here to be sous chef and Mom cleaned up the messy kitchen! I would definitely make these again and they were not too spicy with the jalapeño pepper ... Just right!

By Julie Kelley on January 22, 2012


I recently made these sweet potato chili cakes for a get together at a friends house and they were a huge success!!! The boys that rolled in late after their golf tournament horse race still were making the same "OMG these are delicious" faces even though they were cold! This recipe is an absolute keeper!! Thank you for sharing it Paula!!!

By Teresa Dalgliesh on June 19, 2011

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