Sweet Potato Fritters with Smoky Pinto Beans

Sweet Potato Fritters with Smoky Pinto Beans

32 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

These easy sweet potato fritters have a crispy crust and a tender middle. The beans are flavored with smoked paprika, but sweet or hot would work well too. To give it a Mexican-inspired twist, use chili powder as the spice instead of the paprika.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large poblano peppers or small green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (see Note), divided
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¾ cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 lime wedges for garnish


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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Prick sweet potato in several places with a fork. Microwave on High until just cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.) Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Set aside ½ cup of the mixture. Add beans, ½ teaspoon paprika and ¼ teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Cover and set aside.
  4. Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder, the remaining ¾ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Peel the sweet potato and mash in a large bowl with a fork. Stir in the reserved onion-pepper mixture, egg and water. Add the cornmeal mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Form the sweet potato mixture into eight 3-inch oval fritters, using a generous ¼ cup for each. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 4 fritters until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining fritters and oil.
  6. Bake the fritters until puffed and firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve the fritters with the reserved bean mixture and lime wedges, if desired.
  • Note: Look for smoked paprika in large supermarkets with other spices and at tienda.com.
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 fritters & ½ cup beans
  • Per serving: 380 calories; 14 g fat(2 g sat); 10 g fiber; 56 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 98 mcg folate; 46 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 13,950 IU vitamin A; 64 mg vitamin C; 103 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 746 mg sodium; 774 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (279% daily value), Vitamin C (107% dv), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 32

April 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Good basic recipe The beans were good. Next time I make the sweet potato fritters I will omit the flour, it makes them too heavy. Also I will add a touch of ground red pepper and a drizzle of buckwheat honey. I combined smoked paprika with Badia Holy Smokes dry rub. Pretty good!
January 12, 2015
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Interesting combo but needs some tweeking There is too much cornmeal/flour in the recipe which makes them heavy. It's going to depend on the moisture in the potato. Next time I would mix the potato, flavorings, egg and water together and then decide how much meal/flour and baking powder it needs. It should be a loose moist mixture. And I would forget the baking in the oven. Pros: Interesting combo of flavors Cons: dry, heavy fritters
August 05, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious even with shortcuts I thought this was a great recipe for a meatless Monday. Our oven was broken so I microwaved the sweet potato for 5 mins and then just cooked them longer on the griddle at the end instead of putting them back in the oven. I was making another recipe that included chipotle peppers, so I threw some of them in as well (about 1 tsp chopped). I wonder if some people who think that this is flavorless are using plain paprika instead of smoked paprika? Two totally different flavor profiles. Between the bit of chipotle that I added and the smoked paprika, these had a really nice, smoky flavor. Will make again. Pros: Flavor, easy to make, accessible/available ingredients Cons: None
January 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Just ok... I really wanted to like the fritters but they were lacking a lot of flavor. The beans were pretty good though.
July 25, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Awesome vegetarian recipe! Using sweet potato, this recipe didn't turn out as sweet as I expected it to be. Maybe I didn't pick out a very sweet one, but next time I will add some sugar to it. I also used half the amount of peppers and added corn in it and it came out awesome! Great recipe! Pros: Healthy, tasty, cheap
June 04, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Kicked up brown beans and corn bread We roasted the peppers on a grill before we used them in this recipe. I was so surprised at the subtle flavors of the peppers, paprika and sweet potato. Really nice recipe and I will definetly make it again......but will use homemade beans and not the canned. LOVED THIS ONE ! Pros: Nice flavors
March 08, 2012
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Great if you make some changes These were great, but I took others' advice. I added one diced jalapeno to the pepper/onion mix. I also dumped a whole bunch of spices into the potato mixture. I used probably 2 tsp Cajun seasonings and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. It had just a tiny kick to it--enough to make it delicious. If you like spicy food, you can easily up the cayenne or sub a hotter pepper for the jalapeno. I also added more salt. The best thing to do is make the potato mixture without the egg, add spices, taste, then add the egg when you're satisfied with the spice mixture. Overall the recipe was filling and tasty. We ate it two nights in a row.
March 08, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Decent recipe, but lacks real flavor The fritters were pretty bland. They were okay for a first try, but not sure that I will be making these again. Like someone else said, the beans were good though, will be making those again.
March 01, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Unfortunately, not impressed Based on others comments bout lack of flavor I added a little cinnamon and nutmeg....still didn't help! I will make the beans again, but not the fritters Pros: Beans taste great Cons: Fritters have no flavor
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