Oct 22, 2013

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos



Baked sweet potato wedges topped with my favorite nacho toppings – these are dangerously good!!


Irish nachos are basically loaded nachos made with french fries in place of the tortilla chips. I was really in the mood for them after my husband kept talking about this pub he used to go to that made the best Irish nachos. My wheels started turning and I knew I had to make them healthier. 

Sweet potatoes to the rescue! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, and the sweet flesh is perfect paired with savory-spicy seasonings. I find cutting them into wedges helps keep them sturdier than cutting them into thin fries and it's quicker to cut. I used a full fat sharp Cheddar from Cabot with a combination of light Pepper Jack cheese to give it a little spice. I think these make a great lunch or could be fun football food this weekend. Top them with anything you like, pico de gallo could also be fun.


Sweet Potato Irish Nachos
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 sweet potato w/ toppings  • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 227 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 28 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 10 g
Cholesterol: 10 mg • Sodium: 189 (without salt)

Ingredients:

For the Potatoes:

  • cooking spray
  • 4 medium (about 7 oz each) sweet potatoes, skin on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Coarse salt and fresh-cracked pepper

For topping:

  • 1/2 bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (I used Cabot)
  • 1/2 cup Pepper Jack light cheese
  • 1 medium scallion, chopped
  • pickled jalapeño slices
  • 4 tbsp tomato, diced small
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantrosliced black olives, optional
  • salsa, for dipping


Directions:

Heat the oven to 425°F.  Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil.

Cut the sweet potatoes in half, the place the cut side down on a cutting board and carefully cut each half into 3 equal sized wedges. This will give you 24 wedges total.

In a large bowl, combine potatoes and oil; toss well. Season with paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper and toss to coat.



Place potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheets and bake in the center of the oven, uncovered for about 9 to 10 minutes on each side.

Remove from oven and place fries into four small oven-safe dishes (or one large dish for sharing), top with bell peppers, cheddar and jack cheese and return to oven for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Finish with scallions, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro and black olives. Serve with salsa on the side.

65 comments :

  1. I always enjoy the recipes you post and this is right in line with the others. This looks amazing and I will definitely be making this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting! Oh and I'm adding it to my Pinterest as well :)

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  2. Those look amazing!!!! I will have to try this.

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  3. These look absolutely delicious Gina!! Love the idea of using sweet potatoes instead of chips for a healthier version of nachos :)

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  4. totally weird combo that will now haunt my very soul until i make it!

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  5. Looks amazing!! I have leftover potatoes that I was just looking what to do with them...Now I know! Thanks! Another delish recipe!! I cook from your website at least 2-3x/ week and bake once per week. I love it. Thanks Gina!!

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  6. OMG these look amazing! We need a cookbook update. Wehn is it coming out. Every recipe you post makes me drool. I have the Santa Fe Chicken in the crockpot right now! Thanks for such yummy healthy recipes. I don't even follow WW I just like to eat healthy.

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  7. These look awesome. They remind me of the ones I had with fried plantains in Puerto Rico a few years back. Can't wait to try them!

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  8. This looks amazing. My mouth is watering.

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  9. This looks amazing, i was just thinking of what to do with my sweet potatos.

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  10. Making these tonight! Just bought all the stuff!

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  11. I'm drooling! They look fabulous!!! I definitely will be trying these this weekend. YUM

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  12. Nachos in sweet potato form? Genius!

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  13. Do you peel the sweet potatoes? I have no idea if the skin is edible, because I have been too busy eating less healthy white potatoes. :(

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    1. Sweet potato skin is edible and yummy! Just make sure you scrub-a-dub the potatoes well.

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  14. I am going to "cheat" a bit and use a bag of Alexa sweet potato fries I have already in the freezer and season them up. I can eat a sweet potato just plain so I am sure these are going to be wonderful and perfect for game time. Thanks Gina.

    Nancy - Charlotte NC

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  15. I caution you to make this recipe because you will addicted. This is soooo goood i have made it 3 times in the last week.

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  16. Those look really tasty! What a great idea!

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  17. Beautifulgvb10/23/13, 2:04 PM

    Making these for game one tonight ... Adding a dollop of ff Chobani plain yogurt. Yummy! Go Sox!

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  18. Get out of town with these! They look INCREDIBLE, Gina.

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  19. My husband is going to freak! He loves anything that has to do w/jalapenos or nachos. LOL Looks so good! Thank you for all that you do!
    Pinned!!
    K-

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  20. These look absolutely amazing.... I am going to have to get my wife this page so she can add it to her Pinterest page and menu! These look like a great post workout meal (I love sweet potatoes after a heavy lifting session)!

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  21. Oh my these look delicious!! :)

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  22. I love sweet potatoes! And this looks super delicious. How 'hot' would you say this is, though?

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  23. Had these last night for supper and added turkey taco meat to give it a bit more with a drizzle of sweat chili sauce......AMAZING! And so filling!

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  24. We have a little get together this weekend to celebrate my birthday, will definitely be making these!! They're perfect snack food and healthy! Have a crazy craving for them already! Thanks so much.

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  25. These look sooo good! For sure going to be on the menu soon!

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  26. Those olives would definitely add up to the taste, plus it looks quite healthy.

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  27. what's the white stuff on top? is it sour cream or greek yogurt? i have made these three nights in a row and they are delish!!!! i am fighting not to make it again tonight for dinner....... lol

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  28. These were delicious! What a great and FAST dinner idea. Thanks!

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  29. Made these last night and they were so good! Added banana pepper rings instead of jalapeños because my little ones can't take the heat. Think I might be addicted now.

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  30. Wow and again an amazing recipe idea which I will definitely try! i'm just wondering about the points.. Seems a little low to me. My App is telling me already 6 points ONLY for a little sweet potato :( I'm doing WW in Germany, maybe we kinda calculate the points in a different way...

    Cheers
    Yulia

    www.eatcooksmile.com

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  31. I made these last night and my husband and I both loved them!! He is a fan of all the food I have cooked from your site. He thinks you are the greatest. So do I! Thanks for all the care you take to make these dishes so healthy and, even better, delicious.

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  32. I made these over the weekend and they were wonderful! They were even great the next day as leftovers.

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  33. I made these tonight and although we didn't have black olives on hand (added black beans instead) they were incredibly delicious!! This is probably one of my favorites, along with the bangin shrimp!

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  34. I had seen these type of potato dish in that villa where i stay in Spanish hotel last year during summer vacations. I love cooking and traveling. I would like to cook this crispy and delicious Spanish Cod with Ratatouille & Potatoes and serve to my family with our own hands. Hope they like it and give some appreciation also. Thanks for sharing its recipe!!
    vakantievilla rojales

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  35. I made these and my family LOVED them! I added some plain greek yogurt in order to have a sour cream effect and it was awesome! This will definitely be in our dinner rotation!

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  36. I also made these and they were excellant. Going to make the caulifower tots tonight.

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  37. My son doesn't care for sweet potatoes but LOVED these! We've had them a few times since.

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  38. These look soooo good. My husband doesn't like sweet potatoes but I may make these anyway

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  39. Wonder why they're called Irish nachos, I live in Ireland and in all my life I've never seen or heard of them! Great site.

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  40. Tried this recipe today but did not have the right size sweet potatoes to make the wedges (mine were to large) so I took out my mandolin and sliced the sweet potatoes into chips. Worked great and they are delicious!

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  41. Made these today for me and my girls (2y/o and 4 y/o) without the jalapenos and they were AMAZING!!! The girls gobbled them up!

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  42. While these looked delicious they were just ok. I think these would be better using frozen crispy sweet potatoes such as Ore Ida as the fresh ones got rather mushy. I will try these again using the frozen ones.

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  43. I just made this dish tonight. Amazing. I have made multiple recipes from Skinny Taste and you never disappoint. Thanks for such a clever and wonderful recipe. Keep the recipes coming. :). I went right by the recipe.

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  44. Fantastic! So easy, and my picky eater husband loved them. They have the fun factir of cheating on our healthy eating plan, without setting us back. I will certainly make these again (and again).

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  45. These are so good! I want to eat all of them myself!

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  46. Jessica Weber1/1/14, 2:36 PM

    Thank you for this recipe! We have an irish wood oven pub where we live and they have these but obviously a lot less healthy and more expensive! I will be making this in the near future!

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  47. Those pic make my stomach rumbles :-) im going to ask my wife to try this recipe ASAP ahaha

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  48. Sitting here with a full stomach and satisfied on only 6 pts! This was absolutely delicious!

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  49. I made these last night for my husband and I and they were amazing! So simple and delicious! My husband has declared these a new favourite, and they will definitely be going into our regular recipe rotation. Thanks so much!

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  50. Oh, so different but oh, so yummy!!! I can't believe this is skinny!!! I am making this again and again.

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  51. Although I just have some baked sweet potato earlier, I can definitely eat some more. This look absolutely delicious. Yum!!

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  52. September Bustamante3/12/14, 7:21 AM

    Hey Gina, I love your recipes, but am curious. I put this into my WW recipe saver to make for dinner and it said that it came up with 10+ points. I am not sure why there is such a difference. I will probably still make it, but I was just wondering why the difference.

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  53. What temperature do you cook the potato wedges on? Or do you broil them?

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  54. I just made this tonight because it was a cooler night to justify turning on the oven. I'm so glad I did. I love all the flavors. I made two different bowls so that hubby could make his as hot as he wanted and I could tame mine down a bit. Love it!!

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