Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

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Recipe Overview

The Game Plan

How Long it Will Take with Kid Chefs

  • 60 minutes

Recipe Yield

  • Makes 1 tray of nachos

  • Serves 4-6 as a snack or 2-4 as a meal

Suggested Serving Size

  • About ¼ of the pan for a snack and ⅓-½ of the pan for a meal. Little kids will likely eat a smaller portion than that.

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Grocery List

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Ingredient Notes

Sweet potatoes vs. yams

  • Sweet potatoes vary a LOT in size. Weigh them at the grocery store to get the right amount (1 pound). If you end up with larger sweet potatoes, you may need to bake them slightly longer.

  • Most grocery stores use “sweet potatoes” and “yams” interchangeably. True yams have a very hard, rough skin, you don’t want those. When in doubt, scrape the end to see if inside is white or orange. While sweet potatoes can come in different colors, the orange color is the easiest way to tell in the produce section that you have a sweet potato instead of a yam.

Refried Beans

  • Vegetarian or Vegan? Check the label to make sure that the beans do not contain any animal products.

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Tools Needed

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Grown-Up Tips

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Grown-up Pro Tips

  • This recipe is a “build your own bar,” meaning that kids get control over what they want to put on top. It might be tempting to skip some of the toppings that your kid chef is less familiar with, but he might surprise you if given the chance to try it in a different context (nachos that he made himself!).

  • You can use a food processor with the disc attachment or a mandoline slicer to slice the sweet potatoes into slices if you want to speed the process, though a knife works well too. We do want to offer a friendly reminder that the mandoline is probably one of the most grown-up only things in the kitchen- no kid chefs should be allowed anywhere near the mandoline.

This recipe is dietician approved!

Nachos get a bad reputation for being a high fat food lacking in nutritional value. Unlike the chips and artificial cheese combo your kids might be familiar with from the baseball field, let these loaded sweet potato nachos might shift how your family sees nachos. With so many ways to get vegetables and plant-based proteins in, building nachos like these can pile high the nutrition on every “chip” while also exposing your family to several deliciously bold flavors!
— Ashley Smith, RD
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Dietary Needs and Substitutions

Recipe as Written

**Vegetarian only if refried beans are labeled “vegetarian.” Some refried beans contain animal products.

Recipe can be made

To make dairy-free and vegan:

  • Substitute cheese with dairy-free cheddar-style shreds.

  • Leave off the optional Greek yogurt or replace with vegan sour cream or vegan Greek yogurt.

To make vegan:

  • Check label to make sure refried beans are vegetarian.

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