Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Warms you up in all the right ways…

When you move from spiced sweet potato soup to spicy, you have a dish that’ll warm you up no matter how cold it gets outside. The heat here comes from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and with it comes more than a hint of smokiness that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the soup. Garlic and ground cumin provide an earthiness that balances things out perfectly. 

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 large sweet potatoes chopped
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced + 2 tablespoons sauce
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro or thyme sprig - optional, for garnish
  • Cream optional, for garnish


  • In a large pot, heat the oil on medium then add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent.
  • Add in the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin, and sweet potato. Stir until fragrant (10 to 15 seconds).
  • Add in the chicken stock and cover. Lower the heat to low and let the soup simmer covered for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sweet potato softens.
  • Pour soup into a blender (or use a hand blender) and purée until smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro or cream.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on October 20, 2015.