These Easy Loaded Tex Mex Sweet Potato Fries with avocado cilantro sauce are a delicious vegetarian dinner idea that comes together in 30 minutes.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Frozen sweet potato fries – you can make your own sweet potato fries in the oven or the air fryer instead.
- Cheese – I like using mozzarella but cheddar or Monterey Jack would also be good.
- Black beans – swap this out for lentils, ground beef or another protein option.
- Red pepper – any colour red pepper would be good here.
- Corn – swap this out for another veggie of your choice.
- Green onions – red onion would also add to the Tex Mex flavour!
- Jalapeno – leave this off altogether if you don’t like spice.
- Cilantro – leave this off altogether if you don’t like cilantro.
Avocado cilantro sauce
- Avocado – you could also swap out the avocado sauce for some fresh guacamole or pico de gallo.
- Cilantro – leave this out altogether if you don’t like cilantro.
- Sour cream – plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream would also be good.
- Lime juice – freshly squeezed lime juice is best but bottled will work in a pinch.
- Salt – to taste.
How to make loaded sweet potato fries
- Cook the sweet potato fries.
- Prepare your toppings.
- Blend the avocado cilantro sauce.
- Sprinkle on the cheese and broil until melted.
- Add on your toppings and dig in!
More topping ideas
There are SO many ways to make these fries your own! Here are some more topping ideas:
- Protein: Instead of (or in addition to) the black beans, you can add meats like ground beef, chicken or pulled pork. You can also crumble up some tofu and season with taco seasoning to add more vegetarian protein or use other legumes such as lentils, refried beans or chickpeas.
- Vegetables: Any veggie will work here! To make these fries even more tasty, you can sauté some bell peppers and red onions, but don't be afraid to get creative. Broccoli, avocado, red cabbage or diced tomatoes would work here too.
- Cheese: I've used mozzarella here, but cheddar or Monterey Jack would taste great. If you're looking to save time, use a Tex Mex blend of pre-grated cheese.
- Sauces: You could also make homemade pico de gallo or guacamole, or use a store-bought salsa or salsa verde. Sour cream works well too, as well as chipotle mayo and hot sauce. There are so many options for delicious sauces!
- Garnishes: Add on other fresh herbs, lime wedges or other toppers like tortilla strips. Go nuts!
Frequently Asked Questions
The topping options are endless when it comes to loaded fries – throw on whatever you’re craving! I normally like to get rid of any vegetables or leftovers kicking around my fridge that I think would be good on fries. Mix and match with different ingredients until you get a combo you like.
Sweet potato fries are a healthier alternative since they have a low glycemic index, are high in fibre and are full of nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and iron.
You can make the sweet potato fries in the air fryer using my recipe here, but to cut down on meal prep time, I suggest just cooking a bag of frozen sweet potato fries.
Storing and reheating
If you're looking to store leftovers, make sure you separate the fries and toppings for best results. You can reheat the fries in the oven for 5-10 minutes, then add all of your toppings fresh, and maybe even some more cheese if you're feeling it. Unfortunately, you can't freeze this dish, but the leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.
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Easy Loaded Tex Mex Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 (425g) bag frozen sweet potato fries (I used crinkle cut!)
- 1 cup cheese (mozzarella or cheddar work nicely here)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup Corn
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
Avocado cilantro sauce
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 450 F. Cook sweet potato fries according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, prepare toppings and veggies, and blend ingredients for avocado cilantro sauce in a food processor, blender or Magic Bullet.
- Remove fries from the oven and top with cheese. Return to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and top with toppings, then serve and enjoy!