Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

Betcha didn’t think I’d have a recipe for you today, did ya?

I’m as surprised as anyone. But I’m also happy to be back in the kitchen so I can share some more healthy recipes with you.

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

I love the holidays, and I definitely feel recharged after taking a nice long vacation and spending time with family. Buuut I have to say I’m also glad to be getting back to my normal routine, a.k.a. not eating my weight in cookies every day of the week. I love eating cookies! But after a while, my body begs for a break.

And if that break comes in the form of chips and salsa? I’ll take it.

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

I guess it’s time to transition from holiday food right to football food. Because I hear the BCS championship game is tonight or something? All I know is that Nate will have to DVR it while I watch The Bachelor premier. Hah! I vaguely remember this same conflict last year. I am in a Bachelor fantasy league and he is involved in no such thing for college football, so we’ll see who wins control of the remote. I’ll keep you posted.

Also, as much as he hates to admit it, I’m pretty sure Nate loves The Bachelor. Especially because it’s Juan Pablo this season. Shhh, don’t tell him I told you that.

Anyway, let’s get back to the food. Do you like the cute little leaning tower of tortilla chips I made?

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

Me too :)

Whether you choose to make this salsa in preparation for football or trashy reality TV, I highly recommend you do it! Especially if you are bringing it to a party, because people are impressed by homemade salsa. There is just a certain wow factor to making something from scratch that most people thought grew in jars, you know? And do you have to tell them how easy it is? No, you can just let them be impressed.

All we’re doing here is roasting little cubes of sweet potato, then mixing them with other yummy salsa fixin’s like fire-roasted tomatoes and black beans. My all-time favorite recipe phrase is included: “Add all remaining ingredients.” Score. You know it’s going to be easy.

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

The key to this salsa is the chipotle-honey combination! Those two flavors together seriously can’t be beat. The sweetness of the honey balances out the kick of chipotle, so it’s not too spicy to serve to a crowd. Although you could certainly double the chipotle if that’s your thing! I could get behind that.

I will also just throw it out there that I think chips and this salsa together make a balanced meal. And I’m totally not just saying that because it’s what I had for lunch today, you know. Veggies! Beans! Grains! Is corn a grain? Just googled it and I’m relatively sure. Sweet. This salsa is totally a meal.

Happy Monday and enjoy!

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

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Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa
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  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 1/2 lb), peeled and diced small (about 1/3-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 14-oz can fire-roasted tomatoes (unseasoned)*
  • 1 14-oz can black beans
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce), finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped (heaping 1/2 cup)
  • juice of 1 lime
  1. Preheat oven to 425. On a baking sheet, toss sweet potato with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer and roast until starting to brown (about 15-20 minutes), stirring once halfway through. Remove from oven and scoop into a medium-size bowl.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and add additional lime juice or chipotles if necessary.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
*If you can't find unseasoned fire-roasted tomatoes, use a can of plain diced tomatoes.


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  1. says

    Football FOOD! I actually watched the game yesterday (my first all season) because Kaepernick went to my college and was the quarterback before he went all pro-style. And of course for me, football is all about the food, so a big bowl of this salsa would have been amaaaaazing! I love how unique this thing is. If you stick something in front of me that has black beans and sweet potatoes in it, I’m probably going to polish the whole thing off. YUM!

  2. says

    Corn is definitely a grain :) I love the idea of putting sweet potatoes in salsa! All of my sweet potato ideas are pretty boring — roasting or mashing.

    Also, I’m glad there’s at least a small chance you might get the remote during the BCS championship. I have no such illusions.

  3. Martha says

    So perfect that you posted this today! If I can get my act together I will be serving this tonight at our Bachelor launch party :)

  4. says

    Hey, Erica,
    Well, I KNOW this is a balanced meal, because believe it or not, I’ve built a business making balanced meals just like this, in those convenient little jars you mentioned, to make the world’s first Sweet Potato Salsas available to everyone (in the US and Canada so far).

    I completely support your fab recipe, and when the day comes that you don’t feel like making it from scratch, my company’s called Yummy Yammy, (look us up on Amazon) and I’m up here in Vermont concocting all kinds of fun ways to enjoy sweeties.

    For instance, along with my 3 Mexican sweet potato salsas, I also have a Moroccan one (curry, lentil & kale), and a Tuscan one (rstd red peppers, white bean, & basil). Fun stuff! No fat, no sweeteners of any kind, and absolutely delicious, with hardly any calories at all. Yes, go ahead and eat the whole thing, and be better for it.

    I’m with you on spreading the word about how yummy those yammies can be!


  5. says

    So glad you are back and with another amazing recipe! This looks fabulous and perfect for trashy reality TV…Btw, what is this Bachelor fantasy league you speak of? How would one become involved in such practices? Hmmm…

    I only got to watch half because of the BCS championship last night but I made Brandon sit through the rest of it with me tonight. I can’t believe he sent the masseuse home! I would have totally picked her. I’m always in need of a good massage. ;)

  6. Jen says

    Jus started following your blog and am so glad I did! This is Absolutely delicious!! Brought this to a play-off party and received lots of rave reviews!!!! So easy yet so good!!

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