Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sweet Potato Burrito filling Recipe

Sweet Potato Burrito Filling Mealpod Recipe

3 sweet potatoes
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
2 small onions
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp minced garlic
2 pkgs Italian chicken sausage (24 oz)

This is one of my favorite Mealpod recipes that is already in our archive on the website. It admittedly is one of my husband's creations that we fiddle with all the time. Today's version is different from the website and you can adjust it to your tastes as well. It's base is smashed (not to be confused with mashed) sweet potatoes, peppers, Mexican spices, and Italian sausage. You can use chorizo instead but I find it a bit strong for this recipe and the mild Italian sausage works so well with the mexi flavours. Eat as is or as a filling in homemade corn tortillas.

Boil the sweet potatoes with the skin on until soft. While it is boiling do your chopping. Dice the peppers and onions pretty large and cube the sausages.

When the sweet potatoes are finished cooking, the peels should come off very easily. Peel them and place in a large bowl. Use a potato smasher or electric beater and smash the potatoes just slightly. You want them still a little chunky, but  no big pieces. You don't want them creamy either.

In a nonstick skillet add your olive oil and garlic and simmer on medium for 1 minute. Add your peppers and onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Add your spices: cumin seed, salt, chilli powder and cayenne pepper. Add in the sausage and cook until slightly browned and the veggies are starting to get soft.

Remove from the heat and mix into the smashed potatoes.

Some variations that we have tried is using regular pork sausage instead of chicken sausage (and less olive oil), adding black or other beans, and adding in frozen corn.

This version of the recipe made 8 Mealpods, I think, I'm not really sure because  I was eating it as I was going. Oops!

Don't forget to label your bag of individually portioned Mealpods and date it too!

I love this recipe in a homemade corn tortilla. I meant to make some today to add into this post, but I got sucked up by other duties. Corn tortillas are so easy to make though, so I will post the recipe and instructions soon. They are fun to make too -  I've even done them with my students at school on Cinco de Mayo and of course with my kids.

- Nicole


  1. Yum! This mealpod looks tasty-riffic! I got into burritos in a big way only shortly before I went primal/paleo, so my love affair was cut short. This looks like a good way to enjoy the flavours of the meal, without going off track. : )

  2. That's great to hear!

    Just a warning - keep tasting the spices and put how much you like. I may have done differently than I posted because I get so excited putting them in and tasting as I go that I may hvae gotten the measurements wrong!