Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Southwestern spices coat slices of sweet potato that are baked, smashed and then broiled to create a light, crispy exterior. A sprinkle of flaky sea salt finishes the dish.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

What Are Smashed Sweet Potatoes?

Smashed sweet potatoes use a similar cooking method as smashed potatoes, smashed beets, smashed carrots and even smashed radishes. With this method, vegetables are first par-cooked, then smashed and roasted or broiled until crispy. For this recipe, the sweet potato rounds are baked until tender, then broiled until browned. All of this is done on one large rimmed baking sheet, making cleanup a breeze.

Can I Use Different Spices?

Absolutely! We use a Southwestern-style blend of chili powder, cumin, salt, chipotle and garlic powder for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different spices. Use your favorite store-bought spice blend or make your own!

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (2 pounds), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch rounds

  • Flaky sea salt (optional)


  1. Position oven rack 6 inches from broiler. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Stir oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, chipotle and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Space sweet potato rounds evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Brush both sides of the rounds with the spice mixture. Bake until just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven.

  3. Set broiler to high. Mash each sweet potato with the bottom of a mason jar or sturdy glass. Broil until browned in spots and crispy on the edges, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.


Large rimmed baking sheet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 29160IU 583%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Potassium 727mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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